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Diploma of 3D Animation


Step into the world of animation, then step out with the skills to take on the world

Our diploma has been built in a way that gives you plenty of face-to-face time with expert lecturers and many hours on the latest tools and software.

Take a practical first look at modelling, lighting, shading, animation and rendering to gain a holistic, foundational understanding of the 3D production process.

You will engage in collaborative studio based learning to produce a short animation in response to a client brief. You will be guided through the production methods needed to pitch effective creative concepts to potential producers.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with employability skills, introductory project management skills and scholarly techniques for higher education.

Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Animation (Character Animation), Bachelor of Animation (VFX) or Bachelor of Animation (Modelling).

Find out more about Studying Animation at SAE

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Graduate roles may include

  • Junior 3D Modeler
  • Junior Character Designer
  • Junior 3D Animator
  • Freelance Animator
  • Junior 3D Visualisation Specialist


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  • Brisbane
  • Byron Bay
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth



From day one you'll start creating on the latest software and equipment, under the guidance of expert lectures. 

  • Study in a collaborative, studio-based environment.
  • Learn on industry-standard animation software including Autodesk Maya and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Learn as part of a small class.
  • Learn from lecturers with extensive animation experience and industry connections.
  • Apply industry-standard project methodologies throughout your studies.

Diploma of 3D Animation

The Diploma of 3D Animation has a strong practical focus, underpinned by key theoretical components. The course content is informed by our strong links to industry and our 40-year history in designing and teaching creative media courses.

To complement your technical skills, you will graduate with skills across:

  • Employability skills specific to creative media.  
  • Introductory project management.
  • Teamwork and collaboration in the context of creative media.
  • Scholarly techniques for further education.

Stages of Animation HE Diploma


Upon completion you will be eligible for up to 80 credit points towards either the Bachelor of Animation (Character Animation), Bachelor of Animation (VFX) or Bachelor of Animation (Modelling).


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During your course you will gain an introduction into:

  • Interpreting and responding to a design brief
  • Creation of 3D digital models
  • Production of 3D assets
  • Designing animations and digital visual effects
  • Storyboards
  • Visual design
  • Character rigging and staging
  • Drawing

SAE Institute Australia Fees and Financing




Graduate Outcomes

  • Junior 3D Modeler
  • Junior 3D Animator
  • Junior 3D Visualisation Specialist
  • Junior Character Designer
  • Freelance Animator


Diploma of 3D Animation (NT5AN)
Trimester 1
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesAnimation Studies and PracticeDrawing for AnimationDrawing for Animation
Introduction to Animation   
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative IndustriesOverview of IndustryIntermediate Computer GraphicsAnimation Production
Animation Production   
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit
Trimester 1
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Animation Studies and Practice
Drawing for Animation
Drawing for Animation
Introduction to Animation
Trimester 2
Employability Skills in the Creative Industries
Overview of Industry
Intermediate Computer Graphics
Animation Production
  • Multi Discipline Unit
  • Discipline Specialisation Unit

Key Info


    2 Trimesters


    Feb 2019

    May 2019

    Sep 2019


    Enrol By: 04 Feb 2019

    Start Date: 04 Feb 2019

    End Date: N/A



Entry requirements

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

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

Under section 6.8 of the Student Progression, Exclusion and Graduation Policy, SAE reserves the right to apply conditional enrollments to students who apply to SAE via alternative entry. The Academic Coordinator will determine an appropriate set of support mechanisms for each student, based on individual experience and merit.

Applicants for the Diploma of Music Production - see below.

Diploma of Music Production

In addition to the above requirements, students wishing to enrol in the Music Production Diploma will also be invited to participate in an interview and audition process. This process will help to establish underlying music skills and knowledge as well as program suitability. Remote interviews can be arranged for international students. Students can submit a portfolio of work as an alternative to the audition.

Portfolios may include;

  • Links to your music or musical performances Youtube, Soundcloud etc.
  • Links to online portfolio pages
  • Statement providing an overview of existing skills and knowledge in music production, including examples from senior secondary music classes, AMEB & CPM certification, appointment in school orchestra’s or bands etc.

Fees and Payments

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

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