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 2020 close 1 November 2020
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021
Timely VTAC entry closes 30 September 2020 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. 

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. 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 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 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 AAI018 (0 credit point)
  • ADA101
  • ADA102
  • Principles of Animation ACF107
  • Design Thinking ADD101
  • Design Skills and Technologies 1 ADD102
  • Design Skills and Technologies 2 ADD103
  • Plus two Level 1 elective units of which one must be a course elective

    Course electives

    Plus 2 credit points of course electives from:

  • The Art and Design of Sound ACA203
  • Communication and Creative Arts Internship A ACC317
  • Writing with the Camera ACF103
  • Visual Effects and Motion Graphics ACF212
  • Screen & Design Industry Project ACG308
  • Acting Studio ACP103
  • Drawing and Illustration ADV101
  • Designing User Experience ADV205 (formerly ADD201)
  • Iconography and Type ADV206 (formerly ADD202)
  • Introduction to Aboriginal Studies IND101
  • Creative Coding SIT110
  • Robotics Studio SIT122
  • Application and Design of Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems SIT183
  • Plus 3 credit points of open elective units

    Level 2

  • Creating 3D Characters ADA201
  • Animation, Performance and Capture ADA202
  • Interactive Animation Design Studio ADA203
  • Motion Graphics for Film and Advertising ADA204
  • Professional Practice in Design ADD203
  • Design Laboratory ADD209 (formerly ADD104)
  • Animation Project ACF207
  • Level 3

  • Collaborative Design Project ADD301 (2 credit points)
  • Individual Design Portfolio ADD302
  • Design to Change the World ADD303
  • Creative Design Studio ADD304 (2 credit points)(formerly ADV203)
  • Key information

    Award granted

    Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)

    Year

    2021 course information

    VTAC code
    1400510491 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Deakin code
    A343
    CRICOS code?
    095255B
    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 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

    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

    Selection will be based on your performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

    Folio and folio presentation

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

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

    Higher education experience

    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.

    Senior secondary 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 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

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    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 education experience

    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.

    Senior secondary 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 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

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    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.

    Senior secondary 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 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

    All applicants must complete the online Deakin University folio requirement. Learn more about the folio requirements

    STAT Multiple Choice

    Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

    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

    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 - full-fee paying place
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    The estimated tuition fee for this course is not currently available due to pending Government legislation.
    Learn more about fees.

    The estimated tuition fee for Commonwealth supported places (CSP) is not currently available due to the Job-ready Graduates Package – higher education reforms recently announced by the Australian Government.

    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

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    How to apply

    Apply through VTAC

    VTAC applications are now open for:

    • current Year 12 students
    • recent Year 12 student who completed secondary education in the past two years.

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

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Direct applications are now open for:

    • applicants with work and life experience, who left secondary education more than two years ago
    • applicants with TAFE experience
    • applicants with higher education experience.
    • Apply to Deakin after reading the course entry requirements, or learn more about the application process.

      Please note: If you’re applying for more than one course, you need to apply to VTAC.

    Portfolio Application

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

    Learn more about portfolio requirements

    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

    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.

    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
    • arts editor
    • cartoonist
    • digital designer
    • game developer
    • illustrator
    • modeller
    • 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

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