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Bachelor of Animation

Overview

Make your dream career a reality by bringing the world in your head to life.

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

Our bachelor of animation is all about building your character and credentials by giving you hands-on experience in 3D modelling, rigging, design, textures, lighting, rendering and compositing. Basically, everything you'll need to create the career you want.

Throughout your course, you'll explore each aspect of animation in detail with the guidance of expert teachers. You'll be working on cutting-edge software like Maya, Autodesk 3D MAX, and Adobe Creative Suite to help bring your ideas to life, as well as learn collaborative and project management skills – all within a world-class, studio-based learning environment.

Student work: Chris Chan, David Coghlan and Ho Yin


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Graduate roles may include

  • 2D/3D animator
  • Architectural visualiser
  • Modeller
  • Product visualiser
  • Rigger
  • Spatial GIS data processor
  • Visual effects artist
  • Educational media production
  • Environment artist
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Game asset artist
  • Art director
  • Technical artist
  • Creative director
  • Character artist
  • Project manager
  • Concept artist
  • Team leader
  • Post-production for broadcast media
 

News on SAE Institute Australia


 

  • 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 Autodesks 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.

BACHELOR OF ANIMATION

The Animation 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
Stage III is the final part of study. Here you will undertake an interdisciplinary project of choice to be the final and most ambitious portfolio Animation project that a student will undertake.

Students will also finalise their studies by undertaking an Animation elective module and completing a compulsory internship.


SAE Institute Australia Fees and Financing

 

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Careers

Career Options

  • 2D/3D animator
  • Modeller
  • Rigger
  • Visual effects artist
  • Environment artist
  • Game asset artist
  • Technical artist
  • Character artist
  • Concept artist
  • Post-production for broadcast media
  • Architectural visualiser
  • Product visualiser
  • Spatial GIS data processor
  • Educational media production
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Art director
  • Creative director
  • Project manager
  • Team leader  

Employers

SAE Animation graduates have been involved with many well-known creative media companies, including:

  • Big Ant Studios
  • The Voxel Agents
  • Trickster Games
  • CSIRO
  • Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University
  • Ignition Studios
  • VR Solutions
  • Chroma
  • Buzinga
  • Firemonkeys
  • Learning Seat
  • Thales Australia 
  • Visual Playground
  • Iloura

Modules

Bachelor of Animation (3D Modelling)
VIEW MODULE DESCRIPTIONS
Trimester 1 (1st Year)
Critical Thinking in Creative MediaFoundations of 3D GraphicsFundamentals of DrawingPrinciples of Animation
Trimester 2
Overview of IndustryStorytelling for Contemporary MediaIntermediate 3D GraphicsProduction 1
Trimester 3
Media StudiesAnimation Studio 1
Trimester 4 (2nd Year)
Cultural PerspectivesAnimation Studio 2 (Modelling)
Trimester 5
Major Project DevelopmentAnimation Studio 3 (Modelling)
Trimester 6
Work PlacementElectiveMajor Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Elective Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.
Studios are professionally oriented production units modeled on real-world work environments.


Exit point options:
Option to complete studies with an Associate Degree of Animation after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.


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
Critical Thinking in Creative Media
Foundations of 3D Graphics
Fundamentals of Drawing
Principles of Animation
Trimester 2
Overview of Industry
Storytelling for Contemporary Media
Intermediate 3D Graphics
Production 1
Trimester 3
Media Studies
Animation Studio 1
Trimester 4
Cultural Perspectives
Animation Studio 2 (Modelling)
Trimester 5
Major Project Development
Animation Studio 3 (Modelling)
Trimester 6
Work Placement
Elective
Major Project Production
  • Creative Industry Unit
  • Elective Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
  • Multi Discipline Unit

Note: 
Elective unit is selected from any other bachelor course, trimester 1 or 2 units.
Studios are professionally oriented production units modeled on real-world work environments.


Exit point options:
Option to complete studies with an Associate Degree of Animation after 160 credit points/first prescribed 16 units. The associate degree provides graduates with the basic core skills for entry into the industry, or to cross-skill into a related creative industry. Graduates will have broad technical knowledge and skills at a paraprofessional level.


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):

    6 Trimesters

  • INTAKES:

    Feb 2018

    May 2018

  • NEXT INTAKE:

    Enrol By: 05 Feb 2018

    Start Date: 05 Feb 2018

    End Date: N/A

  • COURSE TYPE:

    Bachelor

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. Alternative entry for applicants who do not meet the requirements above. For alternative entry options, contact your campus 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.