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STUDY 2D ANIMATION

AVAILABLE TO STUDY ON-CAMPUS, ONLINE, OR BLENDED

 

If you dream of a career as a 2D Animator, Character Animator, Technical Animator, Concept Artist, Pre-Production Artist, Art Director, Digital Artist, Modeller or Rigger, Environment Artist, Game Asset Artist, Architectural Visualiser, Product Visualiser, Technical Artist or Motion Graphics Designer, this course is for you.

Take your passion for storytelling and build a career in creating compelling characters and developing interactive worlds. 

In this specialised 2D Animation course, students will learn the ins and outs of film animation, visual storytelling, and media literacy alongside practical skills in drawing, puppet creation, technical rigging, sound design, storyboarding, and more.

With the guidance of industry-experienced academics, students will develop an adaptable and sought-after skillset that's essential for any animator, from refined drawing techniques, to the theoretical knowledge perfect for conveying engaging stories.

Channel your creative passion into project-based learning and capstone projects. Plus, gain entrepreneurship skills to get you prepped for a range of industrial pathways — whether your goal is set on landing a major studio gig, or forging your own career.

You will undertake fundamental units in film animation, principles of animation, drawing for animation, critical thinking, visual storytelling, production design and art direction, motion design and screenwriting for animation.

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. With the opportunity to create a capstone project, undertake industry placement, and develop a professional portfolio, students will leave the course prepared for a successful career in 2D animation.


CRICOS CODE

Bachelor of 2D Animation - 2 Years: 110537G
Bachelor of 2D Animation - 3 Years: 110538F

→ Diploma of 2D Animation - 2 Trimesters: 110539E
→ Diploma of 2D Animation - 3 Trimesters: 110540A

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

 

Infuse your passion and skills to build compelling characters and develop interactive worlds

Build a solid knowledge of 2D animation including film animation, visual storytelling, media literacy and screenwriting for animation

Develop an adaptable skillset in 2D animation, including refined drawing techniques and storytelling principles

Creatively express your ideas through project-based learning 

Gain entrepreneurial skills so you can forge your own professional career

Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of 2D Animation work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course


*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. Contact international@collarts.edu.au for more information.

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT 2D ANIMATION

AUSTRALIA'S BOOMING ANIMATION AND VFX INDUSTRY

Australia's Animation and VFX industry is booming. Australian studios are helping build out-of-this-world effects and environments for studios like Marvel and DC, streaming giants Netflix, Stan, Amazon, and Disney are commissioning more original animated work than ever before.

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ALUM STEPH CREEK ON MOLDING YOUR FUTURE
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FIVE MUST-WATCH ANIMATED WORKS YOU CAN STREAM RIGHT NOW ON NETFLIX

Animation & VFX has a long and storied history, transforming ideas born from imagination into tangible pieces of art. The importance of animation has become a vital part of pop culture and the entertainment industry—from Disney to Studio Ghibli—with stories weathering franchise storms and cult followings. 

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

"The good thing about Collarts is that it's completely specialised. If you want to focus on just one area, I could just focus on that area. I tailored the course to what I wanted to do."

STEPH CREEK

Animation & VFX Graduate, Moving Picture Company

A 3D render of a wildebeest

“When I was looking at my options, Collarts’ practical approach was exactly what I was looking for. Collarts is so industry-focused, and I wanted my degree to be a stepping stone for a job in the future.”

ALECIA MOSTERT

Interior Design Graduate, Carr

Alecia Mostert sitting in front of a laptop and smiling

HOW TO APPLY

APPLICATION
01

Apply online via the Apply Now button on the page. Soon afterwards, our International Team will contact you.

DOCUMENTATION
02

Organise and submit the requested documentation for your application, ensuring all details are correct.

INTERVIEW AND/OR AUDITION
03

Book and attend an interview and/or audition, where you will meet our friendly International Team.

OFFER
04

If your application is successful, Collarts will issue a Letter of Offer and invoice directly to you.

ACCEPTANCE
05

To accept your offer, you must return a signed Student Agreement with receipt of payment.

CONFIRMATION
06

Once your offer is accepted and your payment received, Collarts will issue an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) as evidence of your enrolment.

HEALTH COVER
07

Once you have your eCoE you must purchase your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

VISA
08

To prepare for your studies in Australia, you must apply for your Visa.

START YOUR #FUTURENOW AT COLLLARTS
09

Congratulations! You're ready to start studying at Collarts.

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BACHELOR OF 2D ANIMATION

 

The Bachelor of 2D Animation is perfect for students who want to establish a professional design career in the 2D animation industry, integrating theory and creative knowledge with practical skills.

Dive into project-based learning around contemporary animation techniques, theory and principles, alongside entrepreneurship skills to help prepare you for a range of industrial pathways in the animation industry with a specialisation in 2D.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in accelerated mode over six trimesters (2 years) or standard mode over nine trimesters (3 years) of full-time study.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Infuse your passion and skills to build compelling characters and develop interactive worlds

Build an extensive knowledge of 2D animation including film animation, visual storytelling, media literacy and screenwriting for animation

Develop an adaptable skillset in 2D animation, including refined drawing techniques and storytelling principles

Creatively express your ideas through project-based learning 

Gain entrepreneurial skills so you can forge your own professional career

Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of 2D Animation work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of 2D Animation are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110537G (2 years)/110538F (3 years) & 110539E (2 trimesters)/110540A (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

DIPLOMA OF 2D ANIMATION

 

The Diploma of 2D Animation is perfect for students who want to learn the foundations of 2D animation.

You’ll develop a broad understanding of 2D animation practices and techniques and be equipped with all the industry-standard skills required for an entry-level career.

The diploma can be completed fast-tracked over two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study or standard over three trimesters (12 months) of full-time study. You also have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Learn the foundations of 2D animation including motion design and animation theories

Develop design techniques to enter the 2D animation industry at an entry-level

Gain entrepreneurial skills so you can forge your own professional career

Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of 2D animation work

 Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

 Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Game Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110056B (2 years)/110057A (3 years) & 110060F (2 trimesters)/110061E (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 Applicants are required to present a 300-word statement of engagement with 2D Animation OR a portfolio of their creative work

 

You will also need to supply the following documentation to support your application, including:

 A certified copy of transcripts and high school certificate (translated if necessary)

 English test results or alternative evidence of English proficiency

 A certified copy of your passport

 A current visa (if applicable)

 Proof of GTE and financials (if applicable)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE APPLICANTS

 

International students must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old at course commencement

Successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate equivalent to Australian Year 12

English Proficiency (see below)

Interview

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

 

Our English requirement is an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no single band score below 6.0) for all the courses, except Entertainment Journalism and Creative Writing, where students are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no single band score below 6.0)

Applicants may also provide the following as evidence of their English proficiency:

Results of English subjects in a range of countries’ secondary school certificate, ALevel or the International Baccalaureate. Please contact international@collarts.edu.au if you have any questions

Successful completion of an English course at any of our pathway providers

BACHELOR

BACHELOR OF 2D ANIMATION

 

The Bachelor of 2D Animation is perfect for students who want to establish a professional design career in the 2D animation industry, integrating theory and creative knowledge with practical skills.

Dive into project-based learning around contemporary animation techniques, theory and principles, alongside entrepreneurship skills to help prepare you for a range of industrial pathways in the animation industry with a specialisation in 2D.

The Bachelor degree can be completed in accelerated mode over six trimesters (2 years) or standard mode over nine trimesters (3 years) of full-time study.

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

 

Infuse your passion and skills to build compelling characters and develop interactive worlds

Build an extensive knowledge of 2D animation including film animation, visual storytelling, media literacy and screenwriting for animation

Develop an adaptable skillset in 2D animation, including refined drawing techniques and storytelling principles

Creatively express your ideas through project-based learning 

Gain entrepreneurial skills so you can forge your own professional career

Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of 2D Animation work

Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

Get real-life experience through 60 hours of industry placement in the Bachelor course

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of 2D Animation are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110537G (2 years)/110538F (3 years) & 110539E (2 trimesters)/110540A (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF 2D ANIMATION

 

The Diploma of 2D Animation is perfect for students who want to learn the foundations of 2D animation.

You’ll develop a broad understanding of 2D animation practices and techniques and be equipped with all the industry-standard skills required for an entry-level career.

The diploma can be completed fast-tracked over two trimesters (8 months) of full-time study or standard over three trimesters (12 months) of full-time study. You also have the opportunity to progress into the Bachelor Degree (subject to academic performance).

 

THROUGHOUT THE DIPLOMA, YOU WILL

 

Learn the foundations of 2D animation including motion design and animation theories

Develop design techniques to enter the 2D animation industry at an entry-level

Gain entrepreneurial skills so you can forge your own professional career

Create your own professional career-ready portfolio of 2D animation work

 Get mentored by industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

 Study in our world-class creative spaces and classrooms across five campuses or study online*

 

The Bachelor and Diploma of Game Design are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 110056B (2 years)/110057A (3 years) & 110060F (2 trimesters)/110061E (3 trimesters).

 

*To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. 

ELIGIBILITY & ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to attend an admissions interview. You will be asked questions about your experience, background, and interest in the course and/or industry

 Applicants are required to present a 300-word statement of engagement with 2D Animation OR a portfolio of their creative work

 

You will also need to supply the following documentation to support your application, including:

 A certified copy of transcripts and high school certificate (translated if necessary)

 English test results or alternative evidence of English proficiency

 A certified copy of your passport

 A current visa (if applicable)

 Proof of GTE and financials (if applicable)

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

DIPLOMA AND DEGREE APPLICANTS

 

International students must meet the following criteria:

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old at course commencement

Successful completion of a senior secondary school certificate equivalent to Australian Year 12

English Proficiency (see below)

Interview

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

 

Our English requirement is an overall IELTS score of 6.0 (with no single band score below 6.0) for all the courses, except Entertainment Journalism and Creative Writing, where students are required to have an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no single band score below 6.0)

Applicants may also provide the following as evidence of their English proficiency:

Results of English subjects in a range of countries’ secondary school certificate, ALevel or the International Baccalaureate. Please contact international@collarts.edu.au if you have any questions

Successful completion of an English course at any of our pathway providers

KEY INFORMATION

Start Dates
Start Dates
February, May and September
Number of Trimesters
Number of Units
8 in Diploma
 
24 in Bachelor
Duration
Duration
Diploma 2 Trimesters / 3 Trimesters
Bachelor 2 Years / 3 Years
Study Mode
Study Mode
On-Campus, Online, or Mixed*
Support Services
Support Services
Free Access to Wellbeing & Academic Support
Industry Placement
Industry Placement
60 Hours of Industry Placement
CRICOS Code
CRICOS Code
Bachelor: 110537G/110538F
Diploma: 110539E/110540A
International Fees
International Fees On-Campus
$3110 per unit
Application Assistance
International Fees Online
$2616 per unit

 

* To transfer from online to on campus, students must meet certain conditions, such as meeting GTE criteria.
Contact international@collarts.edu.au for more information.

Course Structure

Delivery Mode - On-Campus, Online, Mixed*
FIRST YEAR ANIMATION THEORY ANIMATION PRINCIPLES ANIMATION PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Film Animation: History & Theory Drawing for Animation Critical Thinking
Trimester 2 Visual Storytelling Principles of Animation Motion Design
Trimester 3 Production Design & Art Direction Critical Survey
Second YEAR ANIMATION THEORY ANIMATION PRINCIPLES ANIMATION PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Media Literacy Acting for Animation 1 Screenwriting for Animation
Trimester 2 Contemporary Art, Design & Cultural History Acting for Animation 2 2D Character Design + Elective
Trimester 3 Storyboarding & Cinematography 2D Environment Design + Elective
THIRD YEAR ANIMATION THEORY ANIMATION PRINCIPLES ANIMATION PRACTICE INDUSTRY AWARENESS
Trimester 1 Animation Futures Soundtrack for Screen Group Project + Elective
Trimester 2 Creative Entrepreneurship Animation Capstone Development Industry Placement or Professional Portfolio
Trimester 3 Animation Capstone Project Animation Capstone Project

Need more information on the units above? Click here for a unit outline.

 

* To transfer from online to on-campus, terms and conditions apply, including meeting GTE criteria. Contact international@collarts.edu.au for more information.

LIFE IN MELBOURNE

WHAT TO EXPECT STUDYING IN MELBOURNE

Melbourne’s love for all things creative makes it an excellent place to live and study. A popular choice for international students, the city also embraces high- quality education and supports students in their ability to thrive. Study in Melbourne and hone your creative career at Collarts.

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Flying over from the Philippines, international student Paulo shares why he chose to start his career in Entertainment Management in Australia.

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208 Wellington St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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Sat-Sun – 10am-6pm

George St Campus

2/156 George St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Sat – 10am-4pm

Cromwell St Campus

67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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Sat – 10am-4pm

Brunswick St Campus

209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Sat-Sun – 10am-6pm