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C10274v2 Bachelor of Design in Animation Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

Award(s): Bachelor of Design in Animation (BDesign)
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (BA)

UAC code: 609258 (Autumn session)
CRICOS code: 074704M
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Other information


This course offers a practice-based approach to learning animation and places strong emphasis on two key concepts: dramatisation (including performance and character) and VFX (visual effects) design. It teaches students how to conceptualise, visualise and realise animation across many different types of media. Central to the course is the development of a conceptual understanding of performance, narrative, characterisation, form, motion, time, space and aesthetics.

The combined degree program provides students with additional practical skills, in particular skills that make them aware of the international contexts of animation design, by providing them with the opportunity to acquire knowledge of a language and culture other than English.

Students learn how to observe the world around them, drawing directly from life to gain inspiration for characters and stories. They discover how to think creatively and develop ideas through multiple stages, focusing on character development, narrative and performance. They also learn fundamental 2D and 3D animation skills to bring their stories to life.

At UTS, students also benefit from outstanding industry connections. Across the degree, students have the opportunity to work with live projects, such as VIVID or collaborations with the Australia Piano Quartet. UTS also has strong relationships with leading industry players such as Flying Bark Productions and Animal Logic.

The academic team understands that teamwork is at the heart of the animation industry. A studio-led approach creates a high-intensity environment where students learn how to work with their peers in a professional and collaborative atmosphere.

Course aims

This course gives students skills and an outlook that extend beyond the university, and cultivates a collaborative and global vision of design. As part of the ongoing development of key industry innovators, the course aims to create new approaches to 2D and 3D animation and VFX design, enabling graduates to better develop, and adapt and respond to a range of creative partnerships and collaborations.

Students develop an understanding of their individual design language and theoretical position in relation to historic and contemporary contexts.

This combined degree produces graduates who have developed perspectives and skills that enable them to meet the professional demands of an international marketplace.

Career options

This course opens up international animation careers in film, television, and online and mobile application design. Career options include director, producer, storyboard artist, previsualisation (previs) artist, layout artist, concept artist, production designer, art director, character designer, animator, modeller, rigger, motion capture designer, lighting designer, matchmover/3D tracker, effects (FX) animator, roto designer, compositor, stop frame model animator (claymation), and animation scriptwriter.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to take autonomous decisions and responsibility
A.2 Ability to position work within a wider social and cultural context
A.3 Ability to recognise and appreciate cultural diversity, including multicultural, gender and Indigenous perspectives
C.1 Ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, negotiate differences and take a leadership role when required
C.2 Ability to communicate ideas clearly and effectively in verbal and visual presentations
C.3 Ability to contribute positively to critique and feedback process
I.1 Ability to understand and challenge disciplinary conventions and practices
I.2 Ability to develop unique aesthetic and movement languages for animation
I.3 Ability to recognise the creative possibilities for animation technologies and materials, to experiment, to take risks, and contribute alternative directions
INT.1.1 Graduates will have the capacity to operate appropriately in intercultural professional contexts
INT.1.2 Graduates will demonstrate the application of international knowledge as adaptable, flexible and resourceful practitioners
INT.1.3 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations in other countries
INT.2.1 Graduates will be able to creatively design and conduct independent, engaged and ethical research in and about other cultural contexts and societies
INT.2.2 Graduates will possess critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills in international and intercultural change
INT.3.1 Graduates will be able to personally reflect upon the relationship between diverse cultures in Australia while confidently engaging successfully with cultures overseas, particularly in this region
INT.4.1 Graduates will have the capacity to reflect upon and contextualise Indigenous peoples' experiences and circumstances to professional and social situations as and when appropriate
INT.5.1 As informed and engaged international citizens, graduates will demonstrate cosmopolitan openness, with an awareness of and commitment to ethical practices
INT.5.2 Graduates will have a broad and coherent understanding of the historical, political, cultural, social and economic situations of their host country
INT.6.1 Graduates will possess a high level of oral and written communication skills in English and, where relevant, a developed level of oral and written communication skills in at least one language other than English
P.1 Ability to understand and apply fundamental animation principles
P.2 Ability to demonstrate a high level of craft and production values across all methods of animation process
P.3 Ability to work with production complexity, to breakdown, organise, manage, delegate, define conventions and archive projects
R.1 Ability to undertake primary and secondary research, exploring a wide range of visual and textual materials, and connect research process to final outcomes
R.2 Ability to contextualise work within current and historical animation practice and theory
R.3 Ability to iterate, reflect, edit and engage in self-critique and critical thinking


INT = International Studies course intended learning outcomes (CILOs)

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

UTS: Design, Architecture and Building may consider applications based on the results of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) if students lack academic qualifications but have extensive professional experience. The STAT is conducted through the Universities Admissions Centre.

Students are admitted to the international studies program with no guarantee of entry to a specific major, although every effort is made to meet students' preferences.

Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Non-current school leavers are selected on the basis of academic merit or on the basis of portfolio and interview rank.

Applicants are advised to submit an optional portfolio by Wednesday 31 October 2018.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.


International students

International students (excluding those studying in an Australian high school) must submit an application to UTS International (in person, by mail or online) or through an accredited UTS representative.

The applicants must submit the following material:

  • a six-page digital portfolio in PDF format (landscape) of their work; this may include images, animation or video (max. size 5MB)
  • one of the PDFs must be a 150–200 word written submission that selects and identifies one of the submitted pieces of work, addresses what was the aim of the work and why it succeeded (to enable this PDF to be easily viewed, text must be supplied in 16-point Helvetica, with 1.5 line spacing).

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a five-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students must complete 240 credit points made up of 120 credit points of core animation subjects, 24 credit points of electives and 96 credit points in international studies.

Course completion requirements

STM90919 Core subjects (Animation) 120cp
CBK90005 Country major choice 96cp
CBK90837 Elective choice 24cp
Total 240cp

Course program

An example program is provided below for a student commencing in Autumn session and undertaking the course with Germany as the international studies major.

Year 1
Autumn session
82120 Animation Studio: Foundations in Animation Language   12cp
82121 Context: 2D Animation Introduction   6cp
85502 Researching Design Histories   6cp
Spring session
82220 Animation Studio: Foundations in Animation Design   12cp
82221 Context: Introduction to 3D and 2D Hybrid Animation   6cp
85503 Thinking Through Design   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
976001 Foundations in International Studies   8cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
82321 Context: 3D Modelling and Rigging Introduction   6cp
Spring session
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
82420 3D Modelling and Rigging Advanced   6cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Year 3
Autumn session
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
82320 Animation Studio: Narrative Investigations   12cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
88211 Animation Studio: Narrative Experimentations   12cp
Year 4
Autumn session
977420 In-country Study 1: Germany   24cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
82520 Context: Design for 3D and 2D Hybrid Animation   6cp
88212 Animation Studio: Animation Practice   12cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp
Spring session
82621 Context: Experimentations for 3D and 2D Hybrid Animation   6cp
82620 Animation Studio: Animation Industry Project   12cp
Select 6 credit points of electives   6cp

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building
UTS: International Studies