Become a technically accomplished design professional and gain the skills you need for a successful career as a 3D and visual effects artist and animator. Learn to collaborate on creative projects, strengthen your interpersonal and communication skills, graduate with a show-reel of your work, ready to become a creative leader. Graduates of the Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation can establish themselves across a range of creative industries including filmmaking, game design and development, television, online content development, virtual production (VP), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), and advertising. This degree has been created in close consultation with the industry. You’ll gain a theoretical grounding in art and animation principles and experience production in deadline-driven commercial environments.
3 years full time or 6 years part time
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Use advanced creative software and computers to create a diverse range of multimedia
Interpret and work with creative briefs to meet deadlines
Communicate effectively in a creative team environment
Work with clients to produce quality results
Research and develop effects
Develop creative concept drawings to communicate your ideas
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
Graduate with a Bachelor Degree (AQF 7)
A show-reel of your 3D art and animation work to showcase your professional competency to potential clients
The skills and knowledge to work with advanced technologies and keep up-to-date with industry trends and software
The ability to collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams to respond creatively and strategically to creative briefs
This course has been accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent
A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent
A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification
Submit a short essay in which you select a specific scene or shot from a film or piece of media with a strong visual impact, where CGI has been used to enhance the shot. Discuss the visual elements and techniques employed and their relevance to the story. This written task allows us to gauge applicants' passion for visual storytelling. Please limit your response to one or two pages – no more than 500 words.
Submit a portfolio to demonstrate your creative talent. This must include 8 to 12 pieces of design and artwork showcasing different skillsets.
Attend a pre-admission interview with a Higher Education Course Coordinator if you are successful with the essay and portfolio stages. You may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task. This helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support.
Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A passion for film, design and drawing
An interest in working with visual design software
Good collaboration and communication skills
A commitment to staying up to date with new technologies
Access to a PC or Mac capable of running high-end 3D software such as Maya, SideFX Houdni, Unreal or Blender. You can access this equipment on campus, however it is highly recommended you have your own equipment available
You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.
Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Game and Multimedia Developers create and manipulate computer animation, audio, video and graphic image files into multimedia programs to produce data and content for CD-ROMs, information kiosks, multimedia presentations, websites, mobile telephone resources, electronic gaming environments, e-commerce and e-security solutions, and entertainment and education products.
Other jobs include: 3D animator, character modeller, technical artist, character rigger, pipeline technical director, layout artist, compositor, surfacing artist, lighting technical director, concept artist and storyboard artist.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation does not have any post-graduate courses.
The Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 23 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 19 core subjects and 4 elective subjects.
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