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Associate Degree of Animation

BRING THE WORLD OF YOUR IMAGINATION TO LIFE.
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Available at
Brisbane, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
Fees
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Associate Degree of Animation
Domestic Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$43,500 AUD

* The Indicative Total Course Fee reflects the students are charged fees on a per unit basis and the fee for a unit may increase.

FEE-HELP Available
Associate Degree of Animation
International Fees

Indicative Total Course Fees*

$51,440 AUD

* The Indicative Total Course Fee reflects the students are charged fees on a per unit basis and the fee for a unit may increase.

Duration(s)
4 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying units over 15 months. (4 trimesters)

Associate Degree of Animation
Course Durations
4 Trimesters Full Time (Fast Track)

Complete your course faster by studying units over 15 months. (4 trimesters)

6 Trimesters Full Time

Whilst still classified as a full-time study load, you will complete the units over two years. (6 trimesters)

Part-time option available

If you want to take a little longer, that’s ok too. We’ll help you work out the best study load to suit your needs.

Note: Part-time is not available for international students.


We understand that things can change, so you'll have the flexibility to change your study load throughout your course if you need to.
Start Date(s)
May 2022
Associate Degree of Animation
Start Dates
Brisbane
  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2023

Byron Bay
  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2023

Melbourne
  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2023

Perth
  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2023

Sydney
  • May 2022

  • September 2022

  • February 2023

Entry Requirements
Associate Degree of Animation
Domestic Entry Requirements
Domestic students must meet one of the following criteria:
Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (your Year 12 certificate) or equivalent; OR
Completion of an Australian Diploma level qualification (for example a TAFE Diploma) or higher; OR
Experience-Based Entry – for applicants who do not meet the requirements of entry criteria 1 or 2 above.
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Associate Degree of Animation
International Entry Requirements
International Entry Requirements
Minimum age requirements
International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of their study.
Academic requirements
Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.
English language requirements
International English Language Testing Sydney (IELTS): An overall score of 6.0 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.5 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 73 overall (internet-based test), OR
Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 46 or higher, OR
Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
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Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner. Please refer to our SAE International Study Pathways for more information.
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ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF ANIMATION

Animation is pure imagination. Few industries allow you to mix art and technology to create what has never been seen before. Animation is also a profession where technical expertise and application are as important as raw talent, and this is where SAE comes in.

Our associate degree is all about building your character and credentials, by giving you hands-on experience in a broad range of topics related to the Animation and Computer Graphics industries, such as:

  • Character Animation (2D/3D)
  • Visual Storytelling
  • 3D Modelling & Computer Graphics
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

As a student of Animation at SAE, you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment gaining experience with software like Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, ToonBoom Harmony, Substance Painter, Unreal Engine 4, Unity, SideFX Houdini, Foundry NukeX, Pixologic ZBrush and Adobe Creative Suite and so on, to help bring your ideas to life.

Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical-based essays. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and a portfolio to share with potential employers or first clients.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities to cross-discipline projects. By the end of your course, you could be collaborating with fellow students across all SAE disciplines.

With an Associate Degree of Animation, you’ll be ready for cutting-edge industry roles using modern creative business concepts and strategies. Career options include 3D Asset Modeller, Junior Assembly & Layout Artist, Junior Rigging TD, or Surfacing Artist.

Ultimately, a qualification from SAE in Animation will expand your career. As part of your course, you will be provided practical experience and work with others to help build your network. We’ll also equip you with employability skills, giving you professional strategies in communication and self-promotion.

Activate your dream career in Animation and make it a reality with SAE.

YOUR CAREER IN ANIMATION BEGINS NOW

SAE Associate Degree of Animation offers:

Group of students working with animation models
Develop advanced skills in industry-standard software packages Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3ds Max, ToonBoom Harmony, Substance Painter, Unreal Engine 4, Unity, SideFX Houdini, Foundry NukeX, Pixologic ZBrush and Adobe Creative Suite.
Practical, immersive training All work is project based, with no exams. Graduate with a portfolio to share with an employer or first client.
Cross discipline collaboration Work across film, gaming and audio projects at SAE.
Flexible course options Completing two of the three stages of the Bachelor of Animation, this course provides an excellent pathway into the Bachelor course.

TOOLS & SOFTWARE

YOU WILL LEARN:

Character animation (2D/3D) Visual storytelling 3D modelling & computer graphics Visual effects & motion graphics

Course Structure

The Associate Degree of Animation has two stages that provide foundational learning and applied skill.
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Stage 1: Foundations
Develop the essential technical animation skills and the knowledge required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals.
Credit Points: 10

Develop your reflective, critical and analytical skills and abilities through an enhanced awareness and understanding of the purpose of tertiary education from a personal, societal and professional perspective. In class activities are used to prepare you with the skills and confidence to engage with a range of scholarly frameworks that you will encounter throughout your studies. You will explore the animation discipline through a team presentation, where you will develop group working, thinking and learning skills.
Credit Points: 10

As a practice, drawing provides a core skill set for the expression of both concept and form. This unit introduces you to the concepts and methodologies of drawing using a variety of media with an emphasis on drawing from life, including anatomical studies and perspective techniques for environment and character construction.

The unit is an introduction to the general practice of drawing and rendering and specifically helps to scaffold further learning through support for developing sketch-based visual production skills & knowledge.
Credit Points: 10

Take a practical first look at modeling, lighting, shading, animation, and rendering to gain a holistic, foundational understanding of computer graphics.

This unit will involve using industry-standard software such as Autodesk 3Ds Max, Maya, and Blender. The practical and theoretical knowledge of 3D production pipelines acquired in this unit will act as a foundation for successive animation units.
Credit Points: 10

As the name suggests this unit provides you with an introduction to animation. You will apply the theoretical underpinnings of animation processes via a range of practical explorations and critical analyses. This will provide you with a solid understanding of animation principles and methods that will form the foundation of successive animation units.
Credit points: 10
This unit will introduce you to the mindset and skillset of the creative entrepreneur, and transform your approach to problem-solving. You will analyse historical and contemporary models of leadership and best practice in entrepreneurship, and use tools for project design that include ideation, problem framing, and pitching. The skills in this unit will assist you in developing your creative thinking, exploration, and experimentation methods, allowing you to experiment with project design and content for creative media.
Credit Points: 10

In this unit, you will apply and build upon the foundational animation and computer graphics skills and knowledge that you have learned, to advance your skills via some in-depth, practical activities of 2D/3D character modeling and applied animation techniques.

By undertaking a series of iterative tasks, your static models will become talking moving characters and you will develop the skills and knowledge required to showcase them effectively.
Credit Points: 20

In this unit you will engage in a collaborative studio-based learning environment, to produce a short animation under client direction and in response to a brief. You will be guided through your exploration of the production methods needed to pitch effective creative concepts to potential producers.

By working in small groups (and in accordance with the SAE Group Work Policy), various creative and organisational challenges will be encountered throughout this process, requiring the application of appropriate project management techniques to help ensure the brief is successfully met.
Stage 2: Refine & Expand
Broaden your scope to work on complex multidisciplinary projects in accordance with industry standard practices.
Credit Points: 10

In CIM210 you will be working on interdisciplinary projects that relate to some of the most important concepts in contemporary media production. You will learn practical and analytical skills in order to help you develop your creative powers and meet briefs that take you out of your comfort zone. You will need to bring all of the skills you have learned so far: technical skills, research skills, communication skills and a growth mindset, and be prepared to encounter new concepts and new ways of working.
Credit Points: 30

In this studio unit, you will work collaboratively on a series of projects set by briefs and led by your Facilitator. In collaboration with your your classmates, you will work towards developing several project milestones within a simulated studio environment with your Facilitator acting as your project manager, executive producer, mentor, and colleague.

Emphasis will be placed on advancing your development of the fundamentals of animation production through conceptualising, planning, and executing rapid animation productions, short films and contributing towards a portfolio. Working to a clear timeline, you will explore a range of skills and workflows in collaborative, cross-discipline, and individual work. This includes focusing on the creative, technical, and project management aspects required for completed animation production. Teamwork, collaborative skills, and engagement with specific feedback processes are emphasised in this unit, as you further refine and reflect on a set of Transferable Skills.
Credit Points: 10

Media and culture are not simply entertainment, but something that affects the “real world”, our everyday lives, and our worldviews. As such, we will not ask whether media accurately reflect the real world but instead ask how media shape, reinforce, and challenge power structures that influence our understanding of the world and ourselves. This unit takes a ‘critical theory’ approach to analyze media and culture. In this unit, you will explore media texts, contexts and meaning, society and subjectivity, pop culture aesthetics, and critical cultural discourses that inform creative media practices.

Drawing on a range of creative content and analytical frameworks, you will be encouraged to develop ways of thinking about media and culture that demonstrate a broad awareness of aesthetic principles and stylistic trends; subjectivity, agency, ethics, and relations of power; contexts, disciplines and discursive formations. In support of this exploration, you will produce a range of media artifacts that explore and contextualize the relationship of media to culture through individual analysis, collaborative and interdisciplinary creative practice, and critical reflection.

Credit Points: 30

In this studio unit, you will work collaboratively on a series of projects, set by briefs and led by your Facilitator. In collaboration with your your classmates, you will work towards developing several projects within a simulated studio environment with your Facilitator acting as your project manager, executive producer, mentor, and colleague.

Emphasis will be placed on advancing your development of intermediate animation production through conceptualising, planning, and executing rapid animation productions, short films and contributing towards a portfolio.

Working to a clear timeline, you will explore a range of skills and workflows in collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and individual work. This includes focusing on the creative, technical, and project management aspects required for completed animation production. Teamwork, collaborative skills, and engagement with specific feedback processes are emphasised in this unit, as you further refine and reflect on a set of Transferable Skills.
CRICOS Course Codes
080199F (4 TRIMESTERS) 080178M (6 TRIMESTERS)
Australian Qualification Framework
AQF: Level 7 Self Accredited by SAE
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Career Outcomes

What jobs will this course lead me into?

3D Generalist
Character Artist
2D and/or 3D Animator
Media Industry Specialist
Motion Graphics Designer
Concept Artist
Storyboard Artist
3D Asset Modeller
3D Character Modeller
Junior Rigging TD
Surfacing Artist
Junior Lighting TD
Production Coordinator
3D Asset Modeller
Junior Assembly & Layout Artist

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CREDIT AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

SAE may recognise your prior learning and may grant credit towards satisfying the requirements for a VET or a higher-level program. This is applied where previous learning is considered equivalent to the content and learning outcomes prescribed for units within the program.
For full details, please refer to SAE's policy on recognition of prior learning and credit transfers.
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