About this course
|Award title||Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation)|
|Year & campus||2021 — Southbank|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Undergraduate Coursework|
|Credit points||300 credit points|
|Duration||36 months full-time|
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) provides an immersive and experiential education, focusing on the origination and development of animated projects for a wide range of screen contexts and audiences. There is a strong emphasis on developing the student’s individual creative voice and experimentation while underlining the need to reach effectively and freshly to an audience.
The unique studio-based study environment enables individualistic learning as well as engagement and collaboration with students in other screen-based specialisations within Film and Television, as well as from disciplines across the wider Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
In the first year of the course, students undertake foundation exercises in animation research, techniques, experimentation, writing and storyboarding, sound, and project planning. In year two, creative and technical skills are applied to character creation, world building, sound production and application of animation to expanded screen contexts. In the final year students undertake studies in projects for collaborative and community practice, projection arts and animation production enterprise. In each year students create an animated short film that they write, direct, edit and animate, thereby developing a body of work that demonstrates a continued practice across all stages of animation production.
Breadth subjects at each year level enable students to explore cross disciplinary studies from the wider University community, exposing them to multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills that will build on existing knowledge or present opportunities to investigate and develop new interests.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) graduates will complete a deeply personal, artistically transformational, and highly professional course of development. With their creative, collaborative and technical skills they are optimally placed to make significant impact in the national and international creative industries.
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) graduates may also apply for a fourth year of study in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Degree with Honours) which, subject to results, then enables a pathway to a Master of Fine Arts.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed one of:
(a) the Victorian Certificate of Education including;
VCE Units 3 and 4 either a study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or a study score of at least 30 in English as an Additional Language;
(b) the International Baccalaureate Diploma including at least Grade 4 in English or English B (Standard Level or Higher Level);
(c) a senior secondary program, foundation studies program or equivalent approved by Academic Board including appropriate English language studies.
Applicants are also required to complete an audition, test, interview, workshop, portfolio or folio presentation, as prescribed by the Academic Board for the stream to which entry is sought.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance, and
- performance in an interview, portfolio or folio presentation.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. For applicants who have not completed the Victorian Certificate of Education or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, the undergraduate English language requirements must be met.
Note. For applicants through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre, “middle-band” selection adjustments are made only on the basis of eligibility for Access Melbourne.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this course, graduates will be able to:
- apply technical skills and knowledge to the creation of animation productions for a wide range of screen contexts and audiences;
- apply writing and designing skills and knowledge to create imaginative characters and world environments for animation;
- research and critique animated works and methods in historical and cultural contexts;
- implement effective management of animated projects in accordance with professional requirements;
- implement creative and technical experiments to test and develop animation concepts and methods;
- work collaboratively in animation and interdisciplinary projects as productive creative leaders and team members;
- create a body of work that provides a pathway into professional creative practice in animation production and for further studies in animation and broader screen arts.
Refer to Graduate Attributes.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) will have developed the following skills and attributes that allow them to be:
- demonstrate a flexible and innovative approach to the national and international challenges for the professional artist/practitioner in the 21 Century;
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and of the ethics of artistic practices and scholarship;
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s);
- reach a high level of achievement in artistic practice, writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication;
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies.
Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- critically examine, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a range of disciplines;
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects;
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems;
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment.
Leaders in communities:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces;
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations;
- mentor future generations of learners;
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs.
Attuned to cultural diversity:
- value different cultures and their cultural forms of practice;
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work;
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community;
- respect Indigenous knowledge, cultures and values.
Active global citizens:
- understand their relationship with and responsibility to their cultural environment and society;
- accept social and civic responsibilities;
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment;
- have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics.
For students commencing in 2021 or later
- 250 points of compulsory subjects
- 87.5 points at Level 1
- 75 points at Level 2
- 87.5 points at Level 3
- 50 points of breadth subjects
- including at least 12.5 points at Level 2 or 3.
Course Progression Rules
- To progress from Year 1 to Year 2, students must complete all Level 1 compulsory subjects.
- To progress from Year 2 to Year 3, students must complete all Level 2 compulsory subjects.
- NB. Compulsory subjects in this program have prerequisites. Refer to individual subject entries.
For students who commenced prior to 2021
For students who commenced the Bachelor of Fine Arts prior to 2021, please click here to view your course structure and subject options.
87.5 points of Level 1 compulsory subjects
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|FLTV10016||Animation Studio 1A||
|FLTV10017||Animation History and Research||
|FLTV10018||Writing Animation 1||
|FLTV10019||Animation Studio 1B||
|FLTV10020||Animation Lab 1||
75 points of Level 2 compulsory subjects
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|FLTV20015||Animation Studio 2A||
|FLTV20019||Writing Animation 2||
|FLTV20013||Animation Lab 2||
|FLTV20016||Animation Studio 2B||
87.5 points of Level 3 compulsory subjects
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|FLTV30018||Animation Lab 3||
|FLTV30023||Animation Studio 3A||
|FLTV30024||Animation Studio 3B||
Semester 2 (Early-Start)
50 points of breadth subjects including at least 12.5 points at Level 2 or Level 3.
Find breadth subjects
Use the Handbook Search function to find subjects that can be used as breadth studies in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation)
Reassessment is available in this course
Reassessment is a second attempt at passing a compulsory subject if a borderline failure in a single subject has a significant impact on the student's progression through their course. A borderline failure is usually a mark of 45% or more. Reassessment is not available if failure in the subject is a result of a finding of student academic misconduct; or a student was awarded a NH grade due to failure to participate in a component of assessment that was a hurdle requirement or failure to attend or participate in the subject as required.
Refer to Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326): https://policy.unimelb.edu.au/MPF1326
Last updated: 13 November 2021