University of Technology Sydney

54405 Studio: Narrative Investigations in Animation

Requisite(s): (82220 Animation Studio: Foundations in Animation Design OR 54402 Studio: Foundations in Animation Design) AND (82221 Context: Introduction to 3D and 2D Hybrid Animation OR 54409 Context: Introduction to Hybrid Animation) AND (54406 Context: 2D Animation Introduction OR 82121 Context: 2D Animation Introduction) AND (54403 Studio: Foundations in Animation Language OR 82120 Animation Studio: Foundations in Animation Language)
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 82320 Animation Studio: Narrative Investigations


This studio enables students to engage with processes that advance critical and creative thinking. It emphasises critical analysis of animation as a communication medium, and an understanding of the role of design, character and performance in communicating ideas. Projects explore the conceptualisation of complex ideas and narrative drive through design and storyboarding to full animation, with a strong focus on experimentation. Building on the fundamental animation skills acquired in first year, students incorporate these principles directly into studio projects.

Students use primary research processes grounded in first-hand experience, case studies, collection and observation as well as secondary research processes to explore ideas through numerous iterations and avoid formula and cliché. The subject explores psychology and emotional drive within production design, character, performance, film language, camera, composition, narrative structure, sound and dialogue.

An important aspect of this subject is the development of collaborations with key creative partners. This supports students' professional practice and their ability to work in a team, exchange ideas, negotiate and communicate effectively with co-creators.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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