University of Technology Sydney

C09132v1 Bachelor of Animation Production Bachelor of International Studies (Honours)

Award(s): Bachelor of Animation Production (BAnimProd)
Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) (BIntSt(Hon))

CRICOS code: 106929C
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 240
Course EFTSL: 5
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. See the Course transfer page for further details.

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Inherent requirements
Assumed knowledge
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Levels of award
Other information


The Bachelor of Animation Production Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) is an exit-point for students who have completed the International Honours pathway within the Bachelor of Animation Production Bachelor of International Studies (C10462).

In the fourth year of the combined degree, International Honours students spend an academic year studying in the local language at a university in the country of their major and also complete an honours level research project under the supervision of a relevant UTS academic.

Entry to the International Honours pathway is dependent on students maintaining a credit average (or higher) in both their International Studies and professional degree in their first three years of study, and on the availability of placements in particular majors.

Graduates from the Bachelor of Animation Production are image-makers, critical thinkers and storytellers in equal measure and we help equip them to become leaders in this industry. Students learn to develop, pitch and defend ideas, and ultimately create original content for film, TV, advertising and other screen-based media that will engage global audiences.

One of the benefits of studying our Bachelor of Animation Production is the link to UTS’s existing industry connections that help give students that competitive advantage. Students have the opportunity to work with live projects and active partners, such as ABC Podcasts, VIVID, the Australia Piano Quartet, and other collaborations with international universities at the Annecy MIFA campus etc. UTS also has long-standing relationships with Sydney's local animation studios such as Flying Bark Productions, Mighty Nice, Cheeky Little Media, Dave Enterprises, and Animal Logic which offer students multiple opportunities to engage in practice while studying.

UTS understands that teamwork is at the heart of the animation industry which is why a studio-led approach is used to create a high-intensity practical environment where students learn how to work with their peers in a professional and collaborative atmosphere, melding creativity, technology and research.

Career options

The industry-focused Bachelor of Animation Production opens up animation careers in film, television and emergent screen-based content creation industries. Career options include director, animator, scriptwriter, concept artist, production designer, character designer, set designer, storyboard artist, layout artist, digital cinematographer, technical director, producer, modeller, rigger, VFX artist, editor, colourist and compositor.

Course intended learning outcomes

This course engages with the following Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs), which are tailored to the Graduate Attributes set for all graduates of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Com.1.1 Apply fundamental and higher-level animation and cinematic principles with understanding and professional proficiency
Com.1.2 Demonstrate a high level of craft and production value across multiple methods, aesthetics and techniques of the animation process
Com.1.3 Apply theoretically informed processes to production practice including managing complexity and collaboration, incorporating research into development, active iteration and critique, clarity in communication, delegation, and resource management.
Com.2.1 Deploy literacy skills to undertake primary and secondary research, exploring a wide range of visual and textual materials, and connect research process to final outcomes
Com.2.2 Demonstrate reflexive critical thinking as creative practitioners who are intellectually curious, imaginative, and innovative, with an ability to evaluate their own and others' work with candour.
Com.2.3 Contextualise work within current and historical animation practice and theory.
Com.2.4 Integrate risk taking and experimentation through development of unique aesthetics, techniques and movement languages in animation.
Com.3.1 Employ professional skills responsibly and respectfully demonstrating sensitivity as a global citizen and being open to cultural exchange, inclusion and dialogue.
Com.5.1 Act with transparency and exhibit personal and professional ethical integrity and broad social responsibility.
Com.6.1 Possess well-developed skills and proficiencies to present and communicate narrative, complexity and abstract ideas with precision.
Com.6.2 Work cooperatively as part of a creative team, challenging and negotiating differences with candour, engaging with the big-picture while mindful of detail, perception and nuance, and take a leadership role when required
INT.1.1 Understand and employ effective strategies to operate within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.2.1 Evaluate critically theoretical and specialised knowledge of contemporary societies, cultures and workplaces.
INT.2.2 Analyse, generate and communicate creative solutions to work-related problems within professional and everyday settings across diverse cultures in Australia and internationally.
INT.3.1 Understand and engage with cultural diversities in Australia and/or internationally.
INT.4.1 Acquire knowledge and skills of Indigenous Australian communication, engagement, research ethics and practices to work effectively with and for Indigenous Australians across a professional context.
INT.4.1 Apply knowledge of Indigenous peoples, cultures, languages and histories to practice in Australian and internationally.
INT.5.1 Engage critically with current issues to act in socially responsible ways in Australian and international settings.
INT.6.1 Communicate clearly and effectively in written and spoken language using diverse digital technologies.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Bachelor of Music and Sound Design, Bachelor of Communication (Media Arts and Production), Bachelor of Communication (Journalism), Bachelor of Animation Production Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

For course specific information see the Bachelor of International Studies Diploma in Languages Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Assumed knowledge

There are no prior language requirements for the international studies program. During their first year of study students complete a language survey to ensure they commence their language and culture study at the appropriate level.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a five-year, full time basis. Students spend two sessions of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country of their major.

Course structure

Bachelor of Animation Production (144 credit points)

  • Core Animation Production subjects (108 credit points)
  • Communication Core Subjects (12 credit points)
  • Electives (24 credit points)

International Studies (96 credit points)

  • Intercultural Communication (8 credit points)
  • International Research Methods (8 credit points)
  • Contemporary Society subject (8 credit points)
  • Language and Culture subjects (32 credit points)
  • International Honours (40 credit points)

Overseas study

International Honours students spend a full year at a relevant partner university where they complete an honours level research project.

Course completion requirements

STM91638 Core Subjects (Animation Production) 108cp
STM91639 Communication Literacies 12cp
CBK92055 Electives 24cp
CBK92058 Country and Language choice (Honours) 96cp
Total 240cp

Course program

Students are required to complete both major subjects 54403 Studio: Foundations in Animation Language and 54406 Context: 2D Animation Introduction in Autumn Year 1. Students’ course progression may be delayed by up to a year if the typical course program is not followed.

The example program below is for a student commencing in Autumn session and is undertaking the course with the German Language and Culture major, and the International Honours pathway.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
54406 Context: 2D Animation Introduction   6cp
54403 Studio: Foundations in Animation Language   12cp
52680 Digital Media Industries   6cp
Spring session
54402 Studio: Foundations in Animation Design   12cp
54409 Context: Introduction to Hybrid Animation   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92055 Electives 24cp  
Summer session
99218 Intercultural Communication   8cp
Year 2
Autumn session
54407 Context: Animation Character   6cp
97601 German Language and Culture 1   8cp
976421 Contemporary Germany   8cp
Spring session
54408 Context: Animation Character Rigging Advanced   6cp
97602 German Language and Culture 2   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92055 Electives 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
52698 Communicating Difference   6cp
54405 Studio: Narrative Investigations in Animation   12cp
97603 German Language and Culture 3   8cp
Spring session
54404 Studio: Narrative Experimentations in Animation   12cp
97604 German Language and Culture 4   8cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92055 Electives 24cp  
Year 4
Autumn session
999781 International Research Methods   8cp
971103 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1: Germany   16cp
Spring session
978420 In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2: Germany   24cp
Year 5
Autumn session
54401 Studio: Animation Practice   12cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92055 Electives 24cp  
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
STM91640 2D Context 12cp  
STM91641 3D Context 12cp  
Spring session
54414 Studio: Animation Industry Project   12cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Levels of award

The Bachelor of International Studies (Honours) may be awarded with first class honours, second class honours division 1, second class honours division 2, and Pass level.

The calculation of the Honours level is based upon the 48 credit points of study completed in the UTS subjects 999781 International Research Methods, In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 1 and In-country Study and Fieldwork Project 2, all completed while students are overseas on In-country Study.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222