Work on industry briefs with real-life clients
Learn from design experts with strong industry links
Recognised by the Design Institute of Australia
Current Deakin Students
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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.
Do you dream of working with Pixar, Dreamworks or Studio Ghibli?
During your degree, you’ll learn the tools, strategies and design methodologies required to develop your creative, technical and analytical skills in animation production. You’ll 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.
Throughout your course, you’ll 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’re creative, and love moving picture, this course could be for you. You can even specialise in design areas you’re interested in by choosing elective units in your second and third year.Read More
To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Design (3D Animation), a student must complete 24 credit points including:
- 10 x common core units (totalling 11 credit points)
- 2 x level 1 3D Animation Core units
- 1 x level 2 3D Animation unit
- 2 x level 1 3D Animation Course electives (from list A)
- 2 x level 2 3D Animation Course electives (from list B)
- 6 x open elective units
- no more than 12 credit points at level 1
- Academic Integrity AAI018 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
Plus two Level 1 course elective units from list A
Plus two Level 2 course elective units from list B
Plus two open electives
Plus four open electives
We suggest students complete at least 4 units in a subject area different to their degree, preferably a linked sequence of study in the same area. This choice can include units from any degree in the University but is best chosen from the subject areas in the Bachelor of Creative Arts: (Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Photography), Bachelor of Design: (Visual Communication, Digital Technologies) or Bachelor of Arts programs.
Students to select 2 from list A below:
Students to select 2 from list B below:
Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)
2020 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
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.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Elective units may provide the opportunity for Work Integrated Learning experiences.
Ask a question about studying a at Deakin
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.
Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on one their performance in:
- a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
- a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
- successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
- other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience
All Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) will be required to complete a portfolio of work presented to a satisfactory standard.
Download our Folio-guide document to learn more about folio submission. To submit your folio please go to www.deakin.edu.au/communication-creative-arts/portfolio-applications
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
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.
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
How to apply
Applications through VTAC have now closed.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
When applying for this course, you must submit a portfolio of work in support of your application.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) with our pathways finder.
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In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
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.
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
- arts editor
- digital designer
- game developer
- motion capture technician
- motion graphics designer
- multimedia developer
- VR designer.
For more information go to DeakinTALENT
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.
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.
Utilize theoretical knowledge and practical skills with digital technology to achieve animation outcomes.
Acquire skills in critical thinking and the analytical evaluation of design. Critically engaging a range of strategies to achieve professional industry based outcomes.
Employ creative methods to resolve real world complex problems through analysis, critical thinking, prototyping and alternative approaches.
Demonstrate autonomy, responsibility, accountability and a continued commitment to learning and skills development in animation and design
Lead, deliver and perform within a collaborative professional team to deliver industry standard outcomes
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
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