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What will I learn?

If you have a passion for picture-making and the process of creating visual stories using static or moving images, this unique degree is a great choice.

You will complete much of your learning in our fully-equipped workshops and studios that are located on-campus. These world-class facilities boast digital fabrication equipment such as:

  • industry standard digital software for making and producing illustrations and animation
  • industry standard 3D modelling and visual effects software
  • industry-standard motion-capture and virtual reality systems
  • CNC routers
  • 3D printers
  • large format digital printers
  • green screen studio
  • industry-standard software in dedicated computer labs

Careers to consider:

  • animator: use sequential images to produce moving pictures
  • graphic designer: create visual concepts and graphics; you may work in advertising, publishing, public relations or manufacturing
  • illustrator: develop and produce pictures for a broad range of creative industry sectors, for example, publishing, design, advertising, visual art, motion film, advertising, gaming and software development
  • technical illustrator: design and create visual representations for use in technical publications and manuals

What you'll learn:

Explore everything from the history of hand-drawn narrative to digital technologies that are now pivotal to this creative industry.

You will cover topics such as:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • illustration design and production
  • digital compositing
  • animation design
  • visual effects
  • communication design
  • computer graphics and imaging

Alternative Pathways:

There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:

SAIBT Diploma of Arts

Future study opportunities:

  • Graduate Certificate in Film and Television
  • Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting
  • Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking
  • Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours)
  • Master of Design (Communication Design)



Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
A$28,000.00 (US$ 21,585) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

22 February 2021, 26 July 2021


City West Campus

North Terrace,


South Australia,

5000, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants are required to meet one of the following criteria with a competitive result, and demonstrate that they fulfil any prerequisite requirements and essential requirements for admission:

Recent secondary education:

Meet any prerequisite requirements with a minimum grade of C- or equivalent and

Complete secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE, or

Complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points


Higher education study

Complete or partly complete a recognized higher education program at a recognized higher education institution


Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Complete an award from a registered training organization at Certificate IV or above


Work and life experience

Hold completed secondary qualifications equivalent to SACE obtained more than 2 years in the past

English language requirements:

IELTS score of 6.0; TOEFL iBT score of 60 with Reading and Writing not less than 18; TOEFL paper-based test (PBT) score of 550 with TWE of 4.5; Cambridge CAE/CPE score of 169; Pearson's test of English (Academic) (PTE) score of 50 with Reading and Writing communicative scores not less than 50; CELUSA score of AE4.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

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