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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation)

Explore animated filmmaking, visual effects, game development and the visual arts in this studio-based course. Work on real projects or your individual practice.
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Guide to entry thresholds

OP
10
Selection
rank
79
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Campus
Kelvin Grove
Campus
Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 years full-time
3 years full-time
Course starts
February
February
QTAC code
421012
CRICOS
056185A

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

 

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?

Animation is an exciting creative field that spans a wide range of industries on a global scale. This degree allows you to explore creative fields including animated filmmaking, visual effects, game development and the visual arts.

This course provides a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts, practices and history of animation on which to build your own innovative practice. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of animation styles and techniques while producing your own animations, graphics and visual effects. Studies on 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. In your final year your work will be showcased to industry professionals in a graduate exhibition.

Throughout the course, you can work on real-world projects or develop an individual practice. You will tailor your learning to the part of the industry most interesting to you.

 

What to expect

This degree allows you to explore creative fields including animated filmmaking, visual effects, game development and the visual arts by providing a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts, practices and history of animation. You can tailor your learning to the industry areas of most interest to you. From the first year you will develop your knowledge and skills of 2D and 3D animation, introducing you to the methods and processes involved in animating computer-generated characters to achieve convincing and appealing actions.

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 find employment in the many Brisbane-based animation companies, or throughout Australia and across the globe. Graduate  are employed in various roles as animators, concept artists, producers, teachers,visual effects artists, game artists and designers across a range of industries including animation and film production studios, computer games companies, advertising and design agencies as well as in companies specialised in visualisation for architecture, research and education.

Recent graduates have worked on award-winning films including I Robot, King Kong, Guardians of the Galaxy, Godzilla and How to Train Your Dragon and developing games including Hellblade and Disney Infinity 3.0.

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 10
Rank 79

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2019.

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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.
OP 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 in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Guaranteed entry

If you receive an adjusted OP 1-5 (or equivalent selection rank), 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.

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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 75
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, 2019.

OP
10
Rank
79
Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you completed secondary school in Australia, received an OP 1-5 or equivalent and you meet the course prerequisites, 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, Singapore, 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
Cambridge Advanced 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
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6 6 6
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
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6.5 6 6
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
58 50 50
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
79 16 21

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.

2020 fees

2020 CSP $6,700 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2020 fees

2020: $31,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay for your course fees

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QUT Excellence Scholarship (Academic)

QUT's premier offering for students with outstanding academic achievement.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

Creative Industries International Scholarship

We offer merit-based scholarships for high-achieving international students who have accepted their offer and been admitted into an undergraduate course.

Scholarship eligibility
Academic performance

QUT Sport Scholarship (Elite Athlete)

A scholarship for future and current undergraduate students who want to study in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Sporting excellence

Equity scholarships scheme

A scholarship for low-income students studying in any faculty.

Scholarship eligibility
Struggling financially

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