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Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

Trimester 1 (March), Trimester 2 (July)

Indicative annual fee 2014$6,120* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquiries

Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Tel 03 5227 1359

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Burwood (Melbourne)
Tel 03 9246 8100

artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Warrnambool
Tel 03 556 33314
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au


Cloud (online)
Tel 03 522 73387
artsedstudentsupport@deakin.edu.au

 

Course Director

Rose Woodcock, +61 3 925 17765, rosemary.woodcock@deakin.edu.au

Kim Vincs, +61 3 925 17663, kim.vincs@deakin.edu.au

 

Contact the Course Director for matters relating specifically to the academic content of this course - all enrolment related queries must go to the Student Services Office.

LevelUndergraduate
CRICOS course code077372B
VTAC Codes1400516241 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin course code A353

New course commenced 2013.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) provides you with creative and analytical skills in all aspects and types of animation and motion capture production. Specialising in 2D animation, 3D animation and/or motion capture, you are able to develop your own interests and skills, as well as gain a broad understanding of moving image, graphic and animation practice. You will explore animation practices such as time lapse, pixilation, 2D stop motion (hand drawn, cut-out, ink on glass, silhouette and cell camera animation), 3D stop motion (claymation, model and object camera animation), computer graphic animation (virtual geometry, 3D modelling and character rigging), and motion capture techniques (motion capture direction, post production and 3D animation pipeline). You will also develop skills in motion graphics, effects and compositing across a range of genres. The degree draws upon the unique resources and infrastructure of the Deakin Motion.Lab, as well as the industry expertise of the Deakin Motion.Lab staff who provide motion capture services to Australian game development and animation companies.
 
On completion of the degree you should have the ability to:

  • implement and manage all stages of production of a professional digital animation project   
  • develop a unique production path for a digital project for a variety of publication platforms   
  • think and write effectively about innovative moving image animation work and digital culture   
  • use advanced digital image production technologies   
  • work in collaborative and team settings on graphic moving image tasks   
  • work efficiently to deadlines in an industrial setting. 

Motion capture is now an integral part of the animation, film making, special effects and games design production workflow.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

* The "indicative annual course fee" cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on "indicative course fees" to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) you will be readily equipped with skills appropriate to the expanding arts and entertainment industries, whether it be live theatre, drama associations, drama education, contemporary performance companies, education, games design, film and television production, performing arts centres or community theatre in Australia.
 
Graduates of other Deakin programs use skills gained in an animation and motion capture sequence to improve their public presentation skills, personal confidence and team-working abilities. Combining a major in animation and motion capture with education studies can qualify you to teach animation and motion capture in schools and other educational settings. 
 

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Course rules

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) a student must successfully complete 24 credit points including:

  • 12 credit points of core units which must be selected from:
    • the Animation core sequence (8 credit point)
      OR
    • the Motion Capture core sequence (8 credit point)
      AND
    • 4 credit point cluster in either animation or motion capture, i.e. from whichever is not the selected core sequence
  • 12 credit points of electives
  • no more than 8 credit points taken outside the Faculty of Arts and Education
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1

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Course structure

Animation core sequence MJ-AU00011

Level 1

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACM138 3D Animation 1: Screen Space, Layout, Landscape  

 

Trimester 1

ACM132 Introduction to Animation  

 

Trimester 2

ACM133 Animation Principles and Practices  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACM225 Effects, Graphics and Compositing  

 

Trimester 2

ACM239 Digital Animation  

 

Level 3

Trimester 2

ACM308 Delivering Moving Images  

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

Motion Capture cluster

Core unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACM327 Advanced Animation  

 

Students to select three units from the following:

 

Level 1

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

AMC101 Introduction to Motion Capture  

 

Trimester 2

AMC126 Character Design and Rigging for 3d  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1

AMC202 Animating Motion  

Trimester 2

ACM240 3D Animation 2: Character and Performance   

Motion Capture core sequence MJ-A000065

Level 1

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

AMC101 Introduction to Motion Capture  

 

Trimester 2

AMC126 Character Design and Rigging for 3d  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACN203 Digital Studio  

 

Trimester 1

AMC202 Animating Motion  

 

Trimester 2

ACM240 3D Animation 2: Character and Performance   

 

Level 3

Trimester 1

AMC303 Advanced Motion Capture  

 

Trimester 2

ACC316 Collaborative Major Creative Project  (2 credit points)

Animation cluster

Core unit

Level 3

Trimester 1

ACM327 Advanced Animation  

 

Students to select three units from the following:

 

Note: A353 students taking this Animation cluster sequence must enrol in ACM138 in their first trimester of study

 

Level 1

Trimester 1

ACM138 3D Animation 1: Screen Space, Layout, Landscape  

 

Trimester 1 or Trimester 2

ACN108 History of Interactive Entertainment  

 

Level 2

Trimester 1

ACM225 Effects, Graphics and Compositing  

 

Trimester 2

ACM239 Digital Animation  

Electives

In choosing electives, students are encouraged to consider taking a major sequence or individual units from the following Creative Arts major sequences listed in:

 

Drama

Film Studies

Photography

Visual Arts

Visual Communication Design

Dance

 

The following units are also available as elective options:

 

Trimester 3

ACG308 Japan Study Tour - Visual Design and Animation Study Tour  '(Commenced Trimester 3 November 2013)'

 

Trimester 1, Trimester 2 or Trimester 3

ALX321 Creative Industries Internship  

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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

Applicants should have successfully completed VCE, or equivalent, including Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL.

 

The Faculty offers alternative entry options for mature age and other special categories of applicants.  Information about these is available in the VTAC guide and on the Deakin University’s website at http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/applications-enrolments/index.php

Pathways

This course has pathways from more than 20 Institutes of TAFE and universities in Melbourne and regional Victoria. Credit transfer and recognition is normally available from TAFE and university diplomas and advanced diplomas in arts, business, management, and humanities disciplines.  Students with graded advanced diplomas from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 12 credit points of electives.  Students with graded diplomas or equivalent from TAFE or equivalent will be eligible for up to 8 credit points of electives.  There is also a pathway from Deakin University's Associate Degree of Arts, Business and Sciences to this course with up to 16 credit points depending on units taken.

On completion of this course you may choose to apply for an Honours degree or postgraduate study. These studies normally provide professional qualifications directed to a particular career.  Students must have completed a major in the discipline or interdisciplinary area in which they wish to specialise in the honours course. Entry is based on a number of factors, including an average grade of Distinction or High Distinction in the Bachelor of Arts particularly in the discipline in which they want to study Honours and the availability of supervision.  Further honours information.

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Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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How to apply

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC (external site).

 

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Other Course Information

Assessment

Assessment within the award of Bachelor of Creative Arts varies from written assignments and/or examination to practical and technical exercises and performance. In some units assessment may also include class participation, online exercises, seminar exercises and tests.

 

Cross-institutional arrangements
Continuing Deakin students may apply to study units offered by another Australian tertiary institution and have them credited to their Deakin University degree. Further information is available from Arts Student Services.

 

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