Highlights

  • Develop practical skills in motion graphics, 3D graphics, drawing and real-time modelling for virtual environments.
  • Gain experience and contacts in your industry through professional industry placements and projects.
  • Choose independent study options where you can design and implement creative work.

Highlights

  • Develop practical skills in motion graphics, 3D graphics, drawing and real-time modelling for virtual environments.
  • Gain experience and contacts in your industry through professional industry placements and projects.
  • Choose independent study options where you can design and implement creative work.

Why choose this course?

The ability to create, build worlds and animate characters opens doors to a variety of careers. Animation is an important part of filmmaking, TV production and creative advertising and marketing; it’s also integral to games production.

This degree allows you to learn the various creative aspects and techniques involved in animated filmmaking, visual effects and games by providing a solid grounding in the fundamental practices, theory, techniques and art of animation. The course progresses from generalised to more specific allowing you to explore the broad areas and latest techniques involved in animated filmmaking and then develop a more advanced specialisation in your area of interest.

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What to expect

This degree allows you to learn the various creative aspects and techniques involved in animated filmmaking, visual effects and games by providing a solid grounding in the fundamental practices, theory, techniques and art of animation. The course progresses from generalised to more specific allowing you to explore the broad areas and latest techniques involved in animated filmmaking and then develop a more advanced specialisation in your area of interest.

You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of animation styles and techniques while producing your own animations, graphics and visual effects. Studies in industry workflows, tools, process and skills will equip you with a strong understanding of current industry practices—from concept development to timelines and finished works. Later in your degree your studies will include CGI production in preparation for final-year projects and work integrated learning opportunities.

Double degrees

Combine your degree with a second degree to gain a broader range of skills and knowledge, a competitive advantage and enhanced career flexibility.  Choose a double degree with: 

  • Business to broaden your skill set and make you stand out to employers, or give you the abilities to start your own creative enterprise.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

The ability to create, build worlds and animate characters opens doors to a variety of careers. Animation is an important part of filmmaking, TV production and creative advertising and marketing. It’s also integral to games production.

Graduates of the animation major are employed in various industries and fields, ranging from film, games and education to architecture, engineering and medical research for assisting with product previsualisation. The animation field is broad in terms of possible creative and technical roles including concept artists, storyboarders, animators, modelers, producers, visual effects artists, game artists and directors, to mention a few. Graduates from our program have worked on award-winning films including Bluey, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Avengers: Endgame, Guardians of the Galaxy, I, Robot, King Kong, Godzilla and How to Train Your Dragon and were part of them teams that developed games such as Hellblade and Disney Infinity 3.0 at major studios such as Animal Logic, Disney Animation, Lucasfilm, Double Negative, Rising Sun Pictures and Weta Digital.

This course can be also followed with a graduate-entry teacher education course* which enables you to become a qualified teacher. Pathways also exist to prepare you for further study including research.

* Entry to graduate-entry teacher education courses usually requires that you have studied a range of units in a different subject area to the main focus of your degree. This forms the basis of your second teaching area. Check the entry requirements for specific teaching courses at www.qut.edu.au/study

Possible careers

  • Advertising Professional
  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Computer Game Programmer
  • Computer Games Developer
  • Film/Television Producer
  • Internet Professional
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Post-production specialist
  • Visual Artist
  • Web Designer

Details and units

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Animation major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 

Year 1

  • develop your capacity to create animated works
  • learn to use 3D computer graphics, drawing and motion graphics
  • study animation, screen history and practices
  • expand your interest and knowledge of the animation medium

Year 2

  • extend your knowledge of animation practices
  • engage in studio-based learning and respond creatively to project briefs
  • understand the principles of 3D character animation, real-time 3D computer graphics, compositing for visual effects and motion capture for virtual production
  • develop your critical analysis skills to evaluate your own work and the way you present your ideas visually

Year 3

  • apply your accumulated learning to produce a major creative work exploring any aspect or medium of animation as a showcase of your professional skills and knowledge
  • learn about the current animation industry and contemporary issues in the screen industry
  • explore pathways for future vocational opportunity, research or other entrepreneurial aspirations

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. Find out more about studying on exchange.

Your course

To meet the course requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation), you must complete the following:

  • Two common units (KYB101 and KYB102) – 24 credit points
  • Animation major – 168 credit points
  • Complementary studies – 48 credit points from the Situated Creative Practice Extension plus 48 credit points chosen from a minor or unit options (electives). 

Year 1

  • develop your capacity to create animated works
  • learn to use 3D computer graphics, drawing and motion graphics
  • study animation, screen history and practices
  • expand your interest and knowledge of the animation medium

Year 2

  • extend your knowledge of animation practices
  • engage in studio-based learning and respond creatively to project briefs
  • understand the principles of 3D character animation, real-time 3D computer graphics, compositing for visual effects and motion capture for virtual production
  • develop your critical analysis skills to evaluate your own work and the way you present your ideas visually

Year 3

  • apply your accumulated learning to produce a major creative work exploring any aspect or medium of animation as a showcase of your professional skills and knowledge
  • learn about the current animation industry and contemporary issues in the screen industry
  • explore pathways for future vocational opportunity, research or other entrepreneurial aspirations

Study Overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. Saving your electives for exchange will allow you the most flexibility. Find out more about studying on exchange.

Requirements

OP
11
Selection rank
77.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

Don't have an OP or selection rank?

Find out other ways you can apply

Starting uni in 2021?

There are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we’ll consider for entry to QUT from 2021 and beyond. Make sure you’re prepared to apply.

The selection rank is a good indication of the equivalent ATAR.

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Course code
KK34
QTAC code
421012
CRICOS code
056185A
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
Duration
3 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February
July commencement may be available on approval of the requisite credit for prior learning or advanced standing.
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

More about advanced standing

Deferment

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

More about deferring your offer

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

Find out if you’re eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank

Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 3
Selection rank 96
OP 3
Selection rank 96
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 7
Selection rank 87
OP 7
Selection rank 87
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP 12
Selection rank 10
OP 10
Selection rank 79

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide to the grades you need to apply for this course.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

I completed secondary school in Australia

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
11
Rank
77
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $6,900 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $32,500 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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