What will I learn?

Visual effects artists, animators and compositors create the fantastic worlds, superhuman feats and spectacular imagery that you see on the big (and small) screen. AIE's 3D Animation and Visual Effects for Film program runs over two years, full-time and is designed to get you into these industries. It is a practical course designed to give the best technical training using the latest, state-of-the-art technology.

This course has been written in consultation with leading film and visual effects studios, enabling you to complete impressive film projects that showcase your skills and create a professional show-reel to impress potential employers.


Students develop their skills in 3D modelling, texturing, UVW unwrapping, rigging, animation, lighting, using cameras, rendering and compositing. Students will concept, model and animate character, design game levels, create high-detail creatures, build realistic environments and craft a short animated movie.


In year two, you’ll be set up to work in team-led structures much like real-world Industry workplaces. In addition to learning advanced high polygon modelling, realistic lighting, texturing and advanced realistic character animation, the course incorporates skills in organisation, time and project management.

The course trains you to articulate and present your ideas to peers. It will give you experience and tools for production, management, scriptwriting and essential skills for a number of career development and progression.


  • Character Animator
  • Environment Modeler
  • Technical Director
  • Fur/Feathers FX Artist
  • Water FX Artist
  • Modeler
  • 3D Tracker/Match Mover
  • Digital/Matte Painter
  • Surfacing/Texture Painter

Graduates can be found working in the film, advertising and TV sectors. Common positions secured by graduates include animator, technical director, surfacing artist and modeller.

Some graduates also move into other fields including medical visualisation and simulations.



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$21,350.00 (US$ 15,860) per year
Start date

February 2022, July 2022


Sydney Campus

Level 1, 33 Mountain Street,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$21,350.00 (US$ 15,860) per year
Start date

February 2022, July 2022


Academy of Interactive Entertainment

Canberra Campus,

Block E, Canberra Technology Park, 49 Phillip Avenue,


Australian Capital Territory,

2602, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Entry for this course is based on:

  • Overseas applicants must be over 18 in order to be eligible for study at AIE.
  • Copy of your Year 12 Certificate OR by achieving an Exit Level 3 score within the Australian Core Skills Framework assessments in reading and numeracy.

English Language Requirements

An IELTS Overall Score of 5.5 (with a minimum score of 5.0 for Writing, and 6.0 for Listening).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.