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Associate Degree of Animation

Overview

Bring the world of your imagination to life.

Animation is pure imagination. Few industries allow you to create what has never been seen before, which is very, very cool. Animation is also a profession where technical expertise and application is as important as raw talent, and this is where SAE come in.

In the Associate Degree, you will complete the first four trimesters of the Bachelor of Animation, which consists of six trimesters. This will prepare you to enter the workforce as a highly skilled para-professional employee. The Associate Degree is also designed an excellent pathway into the Bachelor of Animation.

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or even in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment using software like Maya, Autodesk 3D MAX, ToonBoom, Substance painter,  Z-Brush and Adobe Creative Suite 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 portfolio to share with potential employers or first client.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects initially in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities on cross-discipline projects.

For those wanting to go the extra, and thousands of miles, you can complete up to two trimesters of your course at selected SAE campuses across the planet. Suddenly, real-world experience just went worldwide.

 


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Graduate roles may include

  • Post-production for broadcast media
  • Architectural visualiser
  • 2D and/or 3D Animator
  • Product visualiser
  • 3D Modeller
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Game asset artist
  • Educational media production
  • Environment artist
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Concept artist
  • Post-production for broadcast media
  • Technical artist
  • Character artist

 

Alex Halstead

 

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Alex Halstead is an internationally recognised and accomplished visual effects artist. Having graduated with a Diploma in Animation from SAE Brisbane

"The excitement of learning something new each week and sharing a classroom with passionate, like-minded people" - was what Alex enjoyed most about his study experience at SAE Institute.

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  • NOTE: Perth Campus does not specialise in Visual Effects. 

 

  • Brisbane
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth

Course

YOUR LEARNING EXPERIENCE

  • Learn advanced-level industry-standard animation tools, such as Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience an Animation course designed in collaboration with industry partners, develop the skills the film and interactive media industries want.
  • Work with artists, designers, web, mobile and games developers, film makers, animators and audio specialists.
  • Learn from Animation industry veterans who are masters of their craft.
  • Develop high-level special effects in collaboration with film makers.
  • Learn and apply narrative theories to produce compelling animated films.
  • Work with games developers to produce rich worlds, assets and animation for interactive media titles.
  • Learn in a collaborative, studio-based environment where your teachers are also your mentors.
  • Learn and apply industry-standard project management methodologies from day one.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE OF ANIMATION

The Animation Associate Degree program is broken up into discrete stages, each designed to promote different skills.

Stages of Animation Degree

Stage I – Foundational Skills Development
In Stage I, students will undertake a number of foundational units which will give students the essential technical skills and knowledge not only relevant to the chosen discipline area, but also give students the skills required to collaborate with other creative media students and professionals in later stages of the Animation course.

  • Storytelling for contemporary media
  • Principles of design
  • Fundamentals of drawing
  • Foundations of 3D graphics
  • Principles of animation
  • Project management and professional etiquette
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Contemporary industry overview

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Stage II – Interdisciplinary Projects, Media and Cultural Studies
In Stage II we show students how their Animation work contributes to and interacts with broader culture and media practice. This knowledge will enable students to work with a variety of other disciplines and artists and expand their potential on the global stage.

Students complete a number of real-world projects with students not only in their own discipline, but also in all other SAE disciplines.

Stage II has three studio modules with projects based on the following areas;

1. 3D Modelling

In 3D Modelling, students will examine modelling techniques, terminology and methods. Students will develop and implement 3D production pipelines to create such things as environments, vehicles, creatures and characters. Students will need to research industry best practices and keep up to date with current trends in CGI production. This specialisation will further explore texturing and shading, lighting and rendering.

2. Character Animation

In the Character Animation specialisation, students will focus on the principles of character animation such as posing, motion studies, body mechanics, facial animation and much more. Students will also learn to develop effective and user-friendly animation rigs that serve as a means to control and animate a character, similar to the controls of a puppet.

3. Visual Effects

In the Visual Effects specialisation, students will explore the areas of computer modelling, texturing, lighting, rendering and compositing with an emphasis on incorporating assets into a range of digital media. Students can investigate topics such as match moving, particle systems, dynamic simulations and colour grading. By the end of the Animation course, students will be able to composite a range of disparate elements into a cohesive final product.

Stage III
Only students who progress to the Bachelor of Animation will be eligible to undertake Stage III. In Stage III, students undertake a project of their own design. Students also undertake work placement to finalize the development of their professional skills in a real work placement setting.
Stage III is NOT included in the Associate Degree.


SAE Institute Australia Fees and Financing

 

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Careers

Graduate Destinations (Associate Degree):

  • Post-production for broadcast media 

  • 2D and/or 3D Animator 

  • Architectural visualiser 

  • Product visualiser 

  • Game artist 

  • Educational media production 

  • Motion graphics designer 

  • Technical artist 

  • Environment artist 

  • Visual effects artist 

  • Character artist 

  • Concept artist 

  • 3D Modeller

Modules

Associate Degree of Animation (3D Modelling)
VIEW MODULE DESCRIPTIONS
Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesAnimation Studies and PracticeDrawing for AnimationFoundations of Computer Graphics
Introduction to Animation   
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesIntermediate Computer GraphicsAnimation Production
Contemporary Industrial Practices   
Trimester 3
Media StudiesAnimation Studio 1
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesAnimation Studio 2 (Modelling)
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Storytelling
  • Drawing
  • 3D graphics
  • 2D & 3D animation
  • Post production
  • Principles of design
  • Industry knowledge
  • Studio practice
  • Principles of animation
  • Animation tools
  • Project management
Trimester 1
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Animation Studies and Practice
Drawing for Animation
Foundations of Computer Graphics
Introduction to Animation
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Intermediate Computer Graphics
Animation Production
Contemporary Industrial Practices
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Animation Studio 1
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Animation Studio 2 (Modelling)
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

YOU WILL LEARN

  • Storytelling
  • Drawing
  • 3D graphics
  • 2D & 3D animation
  • Post production
  • Principles of design
  • Industry knowledge
  • Studio practice
  • Principles of animation
  • Animation tools
  • Project management

Key Info

  • DURATION(S):

    4 Trimesters

  • INTAKES:

    Feb 2019

    May 2019

    Sep 2019

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: 04 Feb 2019

    Start Date: 04 Feb 2019

    End Date: N/A

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Associate

Entry requirements

Applicants for degree courses must satisfy one of the following minimum entry criteria:

  1. Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE) or equivalent, OR
  2. Completion of a diploma level qualification issued under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), OR
  3. Experience Based Entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. 'Enquire Now' or call 1800 723 338 directly for more information.

Fees and Payments

Fees: view our current Fee Schedule for information on SAE course fees.

Payment options: Fee-Help, or upfront trimester instalments.