University of Technology Sydney

C09056v1 Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Animation

Award(s): Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Animation (BDesign(Hons))
CRICOS code: 074705K
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus

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


The Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Animation gives students with a passion for visual arts, drawing and storytelling the knowledge and hands-on experience required to create animation work that stands out in a global industry.

Graduates from this degree are image-makers, critical thinkers and storytellers in equal measure. They are equipped to be industry leaders with the ability to develop, pitch and defend ideas, creating original content for TV, film, advertising and other media.

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 the fundamental 2D and 3D animation skills that 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.

The honours year allows exploration through the completion of an independent animated film/project.

Course aims

The course gives students skills and an outlook that extend beyond the university, and cultivate 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.

Career options

The course opens up animation careers in film, television, and online and mobile application design. 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 Understanding of the designer's role as a global citizen
A.2 Ethical practices in relation to acknowledgement of sources and the work of others
A.3 Awareness of, and concern for, social and cultural diversity
C.1 Professional attitude to clarity and accuracy of communication
C.2 Capacity to make a positive contribution to a team
C.3 Ability to present work appropriately to context
I.1 Ability to work conceptually
I.2 Ability to appraise, develop or redirect design ideas
I.3 Ability to re-imagine human practices through design
P.1 Ability to independently develop new skills and areas of knowledge
P.2 Ability to independently cultivate aesthetic sensibility
P.3 Developing craft skill
R.1 Ability to develop a well-supported argument
R.2 Ability to analyse complex ideas
R.3 Ability to critically reflect on work by self and others

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline at an appropriate level.

Applications for a place in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) in Animation are considered from:

  1. UTS applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Animation who completed the course within the past three years and attained an overall minimum WAM of 65
  2. UTS applicants with a UTS Bachelor of Design in Animation who completed the course four or more years ago and have demonstrated relevant work experience in the animation industry
  3. non-UTS applicants with a degree which is equivalent to the UTS Bachelor of Design in Animation and who have attained an overall WAM of 65 or above.

Additional material

All applicants must provide a digital PDF pitch proposal of up to 12 slides in landscape format. This should clearly demonstrate a minimum of two concepts for the production of a film or related creative outcome to be made during the honours year, and should contain the following items:

  • clear source material for the concepts (this can include an existing text, a piece of music or sound design)
  • a synopsis of up to 100 words
  • a one-page sample script
  • a two-page sample storyboard
  • visual and conceptual research
  • iterations of character and world design
  • a list of all co-creators as known and the composition of the applicant's team
  • a 200–300-word statement addressing the applicant's reasons for undertaking honours-level study in design at UTS and the specific learning that they are seeking given their intended career direction on completion of the degree
  • a one-page CV in PDF format that clearly articulates the applicant's design or related experience.

Applicants who completed the course four or more years ago and non-UTS applicants should additionally provide a verified copy of their previous academic transcript.

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

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

International applicants must also attend an interview (via Skype) with the program director. Digital copies of both the academic transcripts and portfolio must be sent to the program director prior to the interview.

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.

Course duration and attendance

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

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points comprising animation studios.

Course completion requirements

STM90747 Core subjects 48cp
Total 48cp

Course program

A typical full-time program is shown below.

Year 1
Autumn session
82710 Animation Studio: Advanced Animation Practice   12cp
82711 Animation Studio: Animation Project Pre-production   12cp
Spring session
82800 Animation Studio: Animation Project/Production   24cp

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