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 2015$6,221* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Faculty contacts

Arts and Education Student Services and Enrolment Enquirie

Burwood (Melbourne) 
Tel 03 9246 8100 

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 creative, technical and analytical skills in all aspects and types of animation and motion capture production. All students study 2D animation, 3D animation and motion capture while developing techniques for storytelling and other creative approaches to animation. Students develop knowledge and skills across a range of methods to gain a broad understanding of moving image, graphic and animation practice for future specialisation. Students explore animation methods such as time lapse, pixilation, 2D under camera stop motion (hand drawn, cut-out, ink on glass), 3D stop motion (claymation, model and object animation), computer graphic animation (3D CG modelling, character design and rigging, CG lighting and rendering), and motion capture techniques (motion capture direction, post production and integration of motion capture in the 3D animation pipeline). Students will also develop skills in motion graphics, effects and compositing across a range of genres, and study the histories and theories that have shaped contemporary animation and motion capture practices. 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. The course includes opportunities for internships within local creative industries and participation in international study tours to Japan and the US. The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) prepares students for Honours and Masters coursework in the discipline, and provides pathways to further study for higher research degrees such as Masters by research and PhD. 

On completion of the degree students will have the ability to:

  1. implement and manage all stages of production of a professional animation project   
  2. develop production paths for creative projects across a variety of publication outcomes and contexts
  3. think and write effectively about animation principles, histories, technologies and cultures
  4. use advanced digital image production technologies   
  5. work in collaborative and team settings on various animation tasks and projects
  6. work efficiently to deadlines. 

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 2015, 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 2015 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

Graduates of the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Animation and Motion Capture) are equipped to work as animators in the arts and digital content industries, including the animation, film, television and games design sectors and as independent professional creative practitioners. Deakin Animation and Motion Capture graduates have gone on to work in motion capture and animation companies such as WETA, BlackMagic, and Complete Post. The course also equips graduates for work in a range of roles associated with creative content production outside the animation industry, such as in education, media and public relations. 

Course rules

For students commencing from 2015:

 

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

  • 15 credit points of core units
  • 9 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

For students commencing prior to 2015 click here for the 2014 course rules.

Course structure

For students commencing from 2015:

 

Core units:


Level 1


Trimester 1

ACC100Communication in Everyday Life

 

Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

AMC100Animation Narratives (previously coded as ACM132)

AMC101Motion Capture Fundamentals

1 Elective

 

Trimester 2

AMC104Principles of Character Animation (previously coded as ACM133)

ACC101Creativity and Dangerous Ideas (also offered in trimester 3)

2 Electives

 

Level 2


Trimester 1

AMC203Effects, Graphics and Compositing (previously coded as ACM225)

ACC200Freelancing in the Arts (ACC200 also offered in Trimester 2 from 2016)

AMC228Building 3D Objects & Worlds (previously coded as ACM138)

AMC202Animating Motion

 

Trimester 2

AMC2043D Character Animation (previously coded as ACM240)

AMC226

Character Design and Rigging for 3D

(previously coded as AMC126)

2 Electives

 

Level 3


Trimester 1

AMC300Pre-Production & Project Pitch (previously coded as ACM327)

3 Electives

 

Trimester 2

AMC303Advanced Motion Capture

Or

AMC327Envisioning Games & Design Worlds (previously coded as ACN203)

And

ACC316Collaborative Major Creative Project (final offer 2015) (2 credit points)

Or

AMC340Major Creative Project (commencing 2016)

AMC339Documentary Animation (commencing 2016, previously coded as ACM239)

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.

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

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.

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.


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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