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STUDY ANIMATION & VFX

If you dream of a career as a Games Developer, 3D Modelling Artist, Video Game Artist, Producer, Animator, Texturing/Shader Artist, Generalist, FX Artist, Creative Technologist, Digital Strategist, Art Director, 3D Animation Artist or Production Coordinator, the Animation & VFX course is for you.

The Animation and VFX course is perfect for students who want to establish a professional animation and visual effects career in the film, television, online entertainment or gaming industry. You will undertake fundamental units such as 3D art and computer graphics, modelling and animation skills, film production, game design theory, and business entrepreneurship.

Enjoy the flexibility of studying online or on-campus, while being mentored by our industry expert staff. You’ll learn skills from lecturers and teachers with the experience they've developed at top studios and on large-scale projects. 

Collarts offers students a variety of real-life industry experiences so that they are career-ready when they graduate. Through our industry partnerships, students have opportunities to partake in a variety of real-world business experiences, gaining access to industry connections.

Students will graduate with specialised training and experience in the animation industry, both in Australia and internationally.

CRICOS CODE

Bachelor of Animation & VFX - 2 Years: 0101949
Bachelor of Animation & VFX - 3 Years: 104482A

→ Diploma of Animation & VFX - 3 Trimesters: 0101950
→ Diploma of Animation & VFX - 4 Trimesters: 104513K

OPPORTUNITIES & EXPERIENCES

Gain an in-depth understanding of digital animation and visual effects

Create a range of industry-ready modelling, animation and visual effects examples for your portfolio

Complete projects, from the conceptual stage to completion, to a professional level

Learn practical skills in software applications such as Nuke, Maya and Side Effects Houdini

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

Choose an area of specialisation to stand out and be studio-ready

Study on-campus, online, or mixed*, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

*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 ANIMATION & VFX

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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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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Industry Connection

"There's never been a more exciting time to enter this industry. As media continues to diversify and evolve exponentially, the demand for film, TV, games, VR, and AR continues to explode."

SIMON ASHFORD

Head of Animation & VFX

Illustration rendering of horse

"Animators, filmmakers, and game designers are the next generation of storytellers using technology to build their worlds."

SIMON ASHFORD

Head of Animation & VFX

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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.

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09

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

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BACHELOR OF ANIMATION & VFX

 

The Bachelor of Animation & VFX will provide students with the skills to establish a professional animation and visual effects career in the film, television, online entertainment, or gaming industry.

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

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

Gain an in-depth understanding of digital animation and visual effects

Create a range of industry-ready modelling, animation and visual effects examples for your portfolio

Learn practical skills in software applications such as Nuke, Maya and Side Effects Houdini

Work to and execute a professional creative client brief

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

→ Learn skills from lecturers and teachers with the experience they've developed at top studios and on large-scale projects

The degree allows students to choose an area of specialisation to prepare them to help them stand out and be studio-ready

Study on-campus, online, or mixed*, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

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

 

The Diploma and Bachelor of Animation and VFX are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 0101949 (2 Years)/104482A (3 Years) & 0101950 (3 Trimesters)/104513K (4 Trimesters)

 

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

DIPLOMA OF ANIMATION & VFX

 

The Diploma of Animation & VFX will provide students with the skills to establish a professional animation and visual effects career assisting in the film, television, online entertainment, or gaming industry

The diploma can be completed fast-tracked over three trimesters (12 months) of full-time study or standard over four trimesters (16 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

Gain a foundational understanding of digital animation and visual effects

Create a range of industry-ready modelling, animation and visual effects examples for your broad portfolio

Complete projects, from the conceptual stage to completion, to an industry entry level

Learn practical skills in software applications such as Nuke, Maya and Side Effects Houdini

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

→ Learn skills from lecturers and teachers with the experience they've developed at top studios and on large-scale projects

Study on-campus, online, or mixed*, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

 

The Diploma and Bachelor of Animation and VFX are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 0101949 (2 Years)/104482A (3 Years) & 0101950 (3 Trimesters)/104513K (4 Trimesters)

 

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

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

Applicants will need to submit a portfolio of 4 - 6 pieces of original creative work consisting of animations, drawings, sketches, or digital work

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

 

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) or equivalent

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 ANIMATION & VFX

 

The Bachelor of Animation & VFX will provide students with the skills to establish a professional animation and visual effects career in the film, television, online entertainment, or gaming industry.

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

 

THROUGHOUT THE DEGREE, YOU WILL

Gain an in-depth understanding of digital animation and visual effects

Create a range of industry-ready modelling, animation and visual effects examples for your portfolio

Learn practical skills in software applications such as Nuke, Maya and Side Effects Houdini

Work to and execute a professional creative client brief

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

→ Learn skills from lecturers and teachers with the experience they've developed at top studios and on large-scale projects

The degree allows students to choose an area of specialisation to prepare them to help them stand out and be studio-ready

Study on-campus, online, or mixed*, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

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

 

The Diploma and Bachelor of Animation and VFX are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 0101949 (2 Years)/104482A (3 Years) & 0101950 (3 Trimesters)/104513K (4 Trimesters)

 

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

DIPLOMA

DIPLOMA OF ANIMATION & VFX

 

The Diploma of Animation & VFX will provide students with the skills to establish a professional animation and visual effects career assisting in the film, television, online entertainment, or gaming industry

The diploma can be completed fast-tracked over three trimesters (12 months) of full-time study or standard over four trimesters (16 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

Gain a foundational understanding of digital animation and visual effects

Create a range of industry-ready modelling, animation and visual effects examples for your broad portfolio

Complete projects, from the conceptual stage to completion, to an industry entry level

Learn practical skills in software applications such as Nuke, Maya and Side Effects Houdini

Learn from industry experts and collaborate with students from other creative courses

→ Learn skills from lecturers and teachers with the experience they've developed at top studios and on large-scale projects

Study on-campus, online, or mixed*, with access to all of Collarts’ campus facilities

 

The Diploma and Bachelor of Animation and VFX are recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, accredited through CRICOS; CRICOS Code 0101949 (2 Years)/104482A (3 Years) & 0101950 (3 Trimesters)/104513K (4 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 submit a portfolio of 4 - 6 pieces of original creative work consisting of animations, drawings, sketches, or digital work

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

 

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) or equivalent

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 Units
Number of Trimesters
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
Stand Out
Stand Out
Choose an Area of Specialisation
CRICOS Code
CRICOS Code
Bachelor: 0101949/104482A
Diploma: 0101950/104513K
International Fees
International Fees On-Campus
$3,110 per unit
Application Assistance
International Fees Online
$2,616 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 THEORY BUSINESS & INDUSTRY PRODUCTION 1: ANIMATION PRODUCTION 2: VFX
Trimester 1 Critical Thinking VFX Pipeline Animation Foundations
Trimester 2 Film Animation History Production Design & Art Direction Modelling Foundations
Trimester 3 Physical Animation Character & Environmental Modelling
Second YEAR THEORY BUSINESS & INDUSTRY PRODUCTION 1: ANIMATION PRODUCTION 2: VFX
Trimester 1 Game Design History Portfolio Building VFX Production
Trimester 2 Screenwriting Production Management Game Production
Trimester 3 Elective Subject 1 Lighting 1
THIRD YEAR THEORY BUSINESS INDUSTRY PRODUCTION 1: ANIMATION PRODUCTION 2: VFX
Trimester 1 Creative Team Management Elective Subject 2 Game Production 2 (OR Lighting 2)
Trimester 2 Storyboarding & Cinematography Freelance Business & Careers Development Elective Subject 3
Trimester 3 Creative Project Portfolio & Presentation

TO SEE THE 2-YEAR ACCELERATED COURSE MATRIX, CLICK HERE.

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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MEET INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SARA

International student Sara shares her experience studying at Collarts, travelling all the way from Denmark and starting her career in Music Performance in Australia.

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MEET INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PAULO

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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67/69 Cromwell St, Collingwood VIC 3066

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209 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Sun – 10am-4pm