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Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation

Kick-start your career in animation and VFX.

Are virtual worlds your thing? Do you like creating characters to live in them? This course is for people who want to work in feature filmmaking, game design and development, television, online content development and advertising in roles such as 3D concept or visualisation artist, matte painter, modeller, animator, character rigger, compositor or VFS coordinator, just to name a few. This specialist degree will develop your skills and creativity in visual effects and animation and will equip you with practical knowledge and the professional skills needed for a career in 3D art and animation.

Design Institute of Australia - Recognised Course

This is a Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Recognised course which means you can be assured it meets industry standards. Students and graduates are automatically eligible to be DIA members.

More information about this course

Course code: HE20520

Location: Design Centre, Enmore

Duration: 3 years full time or part time equivalent

Course load: Students are required to complete 240 credit points (CP). Most subjects are worth 10CP, but there are some 5CP and 20CP subjects.

Next intake: February 2019

Course overview: The Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation is an undergraduate qualification taught in English. The course is located at Level 7 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.

The course is designed to prepare students for 3D art and animation production environments and international standards that operate in the creation of entertainment products and communications media. Students will learn the skills needed to work across the production pipeline and will develop an understanding of how to use visual communication to best serve the needs of diverse and changing industries.

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Entry requirements and how to apply

You must satisfy at least one of the following four entry requirements to be eligible for admission into this course:

  • NSW HSC (Higher School Certificate) or equivalent; OR
  • Recognised Tertiary Preparation Certificate; OR
  • Certificate IV level or higher vocational qualification; OR
  • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution

This course requires you to submit additional information with your application, including a portfolio of art work to demonstrate your creative talent. This additional information will be assessed to determine your suitability for entry into this course, and where there are more applicants than study places available, will be used to rank your application.

Note 1: You do not require an ATAR for entry into this course.
Note 2: If you do not meet any of the four minimum entry requirements, you may be able to apply for entry under special admissions provisions including mature age or disadvantage.

For full details of application requirements and to download the application form, visit the Applying and fees page

Study requirements

Study pattern

Full time students enrol in subjects totalling 40 credit points per semester, with face to face classes totalling approximately 16 hours per week. Students are expected to undertake an equivalent amount of private study to maximise success in the course.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course to allow students to demonstrate both practical skills and theoretical knowledge. Most subjects require the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to practical projects, process diaries, online discussion posts, essays, reports, presentations and examinations.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who have completed other studies in a related field or who have extensive relevant industry experience may be eligible for exemption from similar subjects in the Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation. All applications for exemption must be made to the course coordinator and must include supporting documentation. Students should attend class until they are formally advised that their application for exemption has been granted.

Tuition fees

In 2019 domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $2,050 per 10 credit point subject, $1,025 per 5 credit point subject and $4,100 per 20 credit point subject (a total of $49,200 for the full bachelor degree*). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

Tuition fees for international students can be found on the TAFE NSW International website.

*Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

Information for international students

This course is available for enrolment by international students, subject to meeting course entry requirements and satisfying student visa conditions. For more information and the current course fee for international students go to the TAFE NSW International website.


While every effort has been made to ensure information about this course is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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