Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)

Undergraduate degree

Learn the animation techniques required to become a successful motion designer. All applicants for the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) need to submit a portfolio to Deakin. See details in the Entry Requirements.

Work on industry briefs with real-life clients

Learn from design experts with strong industry links

Recognised by the Design Institute of Australia

Key facts

ATAR

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2021 close 24 October 2021
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2022 close 20 February 2022
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2021 at 5pm. View other VTAC dates

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Let your imagination run free and create the unexpected with the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) at Deakin. Explore how animation is used across film, television, advertising, web, motion-capture and game design – and learn to draw or digitally create characters that leap off the page and screen. 

During your degree, you will learn the tools, strategies and design methodologies required to develop your creative, technical and analytical skills in animation production. 

You will also explore design histories and theories and gain expertise in animation methods like computer graphic animation (3D CG modelling, character design and rigging, CG lighting and rendering) and motion-capture techniques. Use the same design tools as the professionals and gain hands-on industry experience by developing design solutions for real-world audiences. 

Do you dream of working with Pixar, Dreamworks or Studio Ghibli? 

Throughout this course, you will work on real client briefs and ongoing creative projects. What better way to kickstart your career than by working with industry professionals from the moment you start university – tackling on-the-job challenges you’ll face in the real world.

If you are creative and love the world of animation, this course can help you turn your passion into a rewarding career. You can even specialise in design areas you’re interested in by choosing elective units in your second and third year, such as:

  • creative coding
  • drawing and illustration
  • design of virtual and augmented reality systems
  • motion graphics for film and advertising.
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Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (3D Animation), a student must complete 24 credit points including:

  • 19 credit points of core units
  • 2 credit points of course elective units
  • 3 credit points of open elective units
  • no more than 10 credit points at level 1
  • minimum of 6 credit points at level 3
  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

18

Core units

6

Electives

24

Total units

Level 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit point)
  • Designing 3D Motion
  • Designing 3D Environments
  • Principles of Animation
  • Design Thinking
  • Design Skills and Technologies 1
  • Design Skills and Technologies 2
  • Plus two Level 1 elective units of which one must be a course elective

    Level 2

  • Creating 3D Characters
  • Animation, Performance and Capture
  • Interactive Animation Design Studio
  • Motion Graphics for Film and Advertising
  • Professional Practice in Design
  • Design Laboratory (previously ADD104)
  • Animation Project
  • Level 3

  • Collaborative Design Project (2 credit points)
  • Individual Design Portfolio
  • Design to Change the World
  • Creative Design Studio (2 credit points)
  • Course electives

    Plus 2 credit points of course electives from:

  • The Art and Design of Sound
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A
  • Writing with the Camera
  • Visual Effects and Motion Graphics
  • Screen & Design Industry Project
  • Acting Studio
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Designing User Experience (previously ADD201)
  • Type and Icons (previously ADD202)
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies
  • Creative Coding
  • Robotics Studio
  • Interactive Application Design for Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Plus 3 credit points of open elective units

    Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)

    Year

    2022 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510491 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    A343
    CRICOS code?
    095255B Burwood (Melbourne)
    Level
    Undergraduate
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)

      Students who are applying to commence in Trimester 3 under a pathway agreement and/or with Recognition of Prior Learning may not reduce course duration.  Students should seek advice before applying for this intake.

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

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    Entry requirements

    Current or recent Year 12

    If you are currently studying Year 12 or completed Year 12 in the previous two years and have not attempted higher education or VET/Polytechnic study since, your selection is based on the following.

    VCE Prerequisite subjects

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL.

    ATAR

    This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Folio and folio presentation

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the by the submission deadline.

    Higher education study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    VET study

    If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

    Education

    This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

    VCE Senior Secondary prerequisite studies

    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL or equivalent, or Certificate IV: or higher, or concurrent Bachelor study.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

    Personal statement

    Applicants who wish their work and volunteer/other experience to be considered as part of their application for entry are required to submit a personal statement with details of their work and volunteer/other experience, motivation to study and any other factors relevant to their application for the course. Learn more about the personal statement.

    Folio and folio presentation

    Deakin University uses a range of selection criteria for course entry. Applicants may submit an optional portfolio of work to showcase their talents and strengthen their application. The portfolio will be used to adjust your rank and increase your chances of being selected. To be eligible for this adjustment, portfolios should satisfy the requirements specified by the submission deadline.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in Art, Drama, Product Design And Technology, Literature, Media, Studio Arts, Theatre Studies or Visual Communication Design equals 4 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $8,537 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    Applications for Trimester 1, 2022 are now open for recent secondary education graduates, including current Year 12 students. Learn more about the steps involved and how to complete your preference list for study in 2022.

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • recent Year 12 students who completed secondary education in the past two years
    • applicants with work and life experience
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply through VTAC.

      Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

    Download the course flyer

    To learn more about what our Bachelor of Design courses at Deakin have to offer, download our course flyer.

    Portfolio Application

    When applying for this course, you must submit a portfolio of work in support of your application.

    Learn more about portfolio requirements

    Indigenous Access Scheme

    The Indigenous Access Scheme is a pathway to undergraduate study for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and looks beyond academic results to recognise all the skills, experience and achievements that make you unique and prepare you for study at university.

    To apply, complete the online application form.

    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) with our pathways finder.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre

    1800 693 888

    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Careers

    Want a degree that’s more than just a qualification? Our industry connections, world-class facilities and practical approach to learning are just some of the reasons why Deakin students graduate confident and ready to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

    Gain hands-on professional experience from your first year

    Benefit from strong links with industry bodies

    5-star rated university*

    Take part in exhibitions and showcases throughout your course

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate, you’ll be a well-equipped multidisciplinary designer ready to work in motion design, animation, film, television, web design, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Roles include:

    • 2D or 3D animator
    • augmented realities designer
    • storyboard artist
    • digital designer
    • game developer
    • illustrator
    • modeler
    • motion capture technician
    • motion graphics designer
    • multimedia developer
    • VR designer.

    For more information go to DeakinTALENT

    Professional recognition

    Deakin’s Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) is recognised by the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), so you’ll be up-to-date with the current industry practices and developments. The DIA also offers student membership and access to some of the biggest design events and experts in the nation.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the forms, functions, processes, languages and materials of animation. Developing the capacity to meet client requirements in a rapidly changing industry setting.

    Communication

    Effectively communicate a range of conceptual, and aesthetic ideas through written, digital and oral formats for a range of audiences in scholarly and professional contexts.

    Digital literacy

    Utilize theoretical knowledge and practical skills with digital technology to achieve animation outcomes.

    Critical thinking

    Acquire skills in critical thinking and the analytical evaluation of design. Critically engaging a range of strategies to achieve professional industry based outcomes.

    Problem solving

    Employ creative methods to resolve real world complex problems through analysis, critical thinking, prototyping and alternative approaches.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in animation and design

    Teamwork

    Lead, deliver and perform within a collaborative professional team to deliver industry standard outcomes

    Global citizenship

    Critically engage animation’s capacity to act as an agent of change in multiple contexts. To identify and develop proposals for personal and corporate social, cultural and ethical responsibilities in a global and domestic context.

    Approved by Faculty Board March 2017

    Study design at Deakin and shape your future

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