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ACG308 - Japan Study Tour: Visual Design & Animation

Unit details


2015 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 3 2015 Study Tour

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:R Woodcock

A minimum of 8 credit points of study of undergraduate units including at least one of ACG103, ACG101, ACM132, ACM138, AMC100, AMC102, and permission from unit chair to enrol.

Please note that study tour units may not run each year. Enrolment is always subject to a selection process and approval by the Unit Chair as places are limited. Therefore students should always identify another unit as an alternative to a study tour unit when planning their course or major.

Incompatible with: Nil
Contact hours:

Students will on average spend 96 hours (16 days of structured activity x 6 hours p/day approx.) over the duration of the study tour while in Japan on group related and individual activities and assignment-related tasks, followed by independently directed assessment activity during the remaining weeks of the trimester (between 40 - 55 hours approx).


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


During the Japan study tour programme students learn new ideas and approaches to creative practice in their discipline through formal and informal activities while exploring Japan’s major cities and cultural sites. Activities include visits to professional studios and contemporary art and design spaces, and collaborative workshops with students and staff from selected institutions such as Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and Kyoto University of Art and Design. Assignment work and non-assessed tasks draw upon the experiences, insights and new knowledge gained from reflecting on Japan’s rich contribution to Animation and Visual Design globally.

The study tour provides a unique context for individual students and the study tour group to explore, critique and reflect upon the different ways creative thinking and research methods can engage with place, identity and meaning. Reflecting on the binary stars of difference and similarity, the unit investigates how history, tradition, art, education, language, ritual, technology, belief systems and other cultural factors influence our ideas about ourselves and our own values, habits and ideas in sometimes unexpected ways.

All assessment tasks are designed to embed these experiences and insights into linked assignment activities, culminating in creative project work for public exhibition.


Field Research - 30%

Project Proposal - 40%

Web Folio (project) - 30%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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