Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation), B.A.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months


There has never been more animation in the world than right now! If you are interested in developing a career in a creative field that spans a wide range of industries on a global scale then you may want to consider a career in the exciting world of animation. Our animation degree allows our students to explore animation in a range of creative fields including animated filmmaking, visual effects, game development and the visual arts. Throughout the course you will work in a studio setting responding to creative briefs that help you to develop a robust set of skills and knowledge that can be used for the expression of creative and innovative ideas. As you explore both 2D and 3D animation, you will gain an understanding of animation for filmmaking, game development, visual effects, motion graphics and virtual production.

Why choose this course?

QUT graduates are highly regarded in the animation, games and visual effects industries because they are versatile, innovative and career ready. This course provides a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts, practices and history of animation which form a foundation for you to build your own innovative practice. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of animation styles and techniques while producing your own animations, graphics and visual effects. In your final year your work will be showcased to industry professionals in a graduate exhibition. Through emphasis on industry workflows, tools, process and skills, you will be equipped with a strong understanding of current industry practices—from concept development to timelines and finished works. Throughout the course, you can work on real-world projects or develop an individual practice. You will tailor your learning to the part of the industry most interesting to you.Career outcomes QUT graduates are employed as animators, concept artists, visual effects artists, game artists and designers in a range of industries including animation studios and traditional film production houses, computer games companies, visual effects and post-production companies, advertising and design agencies, and information visualisation and real-time studios. Brisbane offers a variety of companies in which graduates find employment. Others work throughout Australia and across the globe. Several are awardwinning storytellers, successfully producing animated short films that screen at festivals globally. Pathways exist to prepare you for further study including honours.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    288 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Year 1

  • develop your capacity to create animated works
  • learn to use 3D computer graphics, drawing and motion graphics
  • study animation, screen history and practices
  • expand your interest and knowledge of the animation medium

Year 2

  • extend your knowledge of animation practices
  • engage in studio-based learning and respond creatively to project briefs
  • understand the principles of 3D character animation, real-time 3D computer graphics, compositing for visual effects and motion capture for virtual production
  • develop your critical analysis skills to evaluate your own work and the way you present your ideas visually

Year 3

  • apply your accumulated learning to produce a major creative work exploring any aspect or medium of animation as a showcase of your professional skills and knowledge
  • learn about the current animation industry and contemporary issues in the screen industry
  • explore pathways for future vocational opportunity, research or other entrepreneurial aspirations

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    28800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28800 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National Applies to you

    28800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28800 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Living costs for Brisbane

  • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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