Course code: HE20520V02

    Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation

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    OverviewAbout this course

    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.

    Course duration

    3 years full time or 6 years part time

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    International students

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

    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

    Course outcomes

    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)

    SuitabilityIs this course right for you?

    Entry requirements

    This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

    You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

    • 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

    You must also

    • 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

    Entry recommendations

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like:

    Multimedia Specialist

    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.

    • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


    • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

      100 workers

    • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

      33 years

    • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


    • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

      42 hours

    • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

      Very high

    • Gender share

      18% female

    • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

      Strong Growth

    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.

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    The Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation does not have any pre-requisite courses.

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    The Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation does not have any post-graduate courses.

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    Your experience counts

    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.

    SubjectsSubjects in this course

    Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 23 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 19 core subjects and 4 elective subjects.

    Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

    Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

    • TAFE NSW Libraries

    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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