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Undergraduate | CUR-DIG220 | 2023

Animation and Special Effects Compositing

Previously CUR-DIG120

Course information for 2023 intake

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Work in 2D and 3D as you learn about storyboarding, timing, framing, rendering, and grading. Take your project from concept to final presentation. Understand resourcing, development and process. Work towards a career in compositing or animation.

Study method
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks

Start dates

  • 29 May 2023
  • 27 Nov 2023
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Animation and Special Effects Compositing

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. apply industry standard digital compositing skills
    2. create original media elements and/or edit existing elements for compositing use
    3. develop and reflect upon animations that illustrate the process of layers, filters and effects
    4. implement the composition of still images, video and 3D elements
    5. plan the resource needs for a compositing project

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • CUR-DIG120 (Not currently available)

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Computer capable of running project-relevant animation software
  • Software requirements - Relevant Animation Software (eg. Adobe Creative Cloud, Maya, zBrush etc)

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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