unisa logo

Start date
February
July

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus

Program Code
DBIA

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Fees
2018: AUD$ 25,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 26,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
See full entry requirements

CRICOS Code
095761F

Key features

  • Study the only degree of its kind in Australia - UniSA is the only university to offer a degree specifically in illustration and animation.
  • Gain the technical and theoretical skills required to be a visual storyteller.
  • Learn in our custom-built on-campus workshops.
  • Work on real-life projects, gaining valuable practical experience.
  • Benefit from our networks and relationships with the design and animation industries – locally, nationally and internationally. 
  • Learn from teachers who are practicing professionals with strong links to industry.
  • Study at a School that has it's degrees ranked in the World Top 100 for art and design1.

12017 QS World Subject Rankings

Snapshot

Snapshot

This unique degree will equip you with the skills needed to kick-start your rewarding career in the creative and innovative world of illustration and animation.

You will learn a broad range of techniques needed to produce industry-standard pictures for industries such as:

  • book and comic publishing
  • gaming
  • movies
  • advertising
  • animation and design

You will also become skilled in free-hand drawing, develop knowledge of digital software for moving and static pictures, and work in on-campus workshops that are fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment.

During your final year you will be given the opportunity to practice your skills when you undertake an industry internship, mentorship, collaborative project or free elective.

Download the degree flyer here.

Why Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation)

Why this Degree

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

Through a series of design studio courses you will also develop advanced conceptual, technical and production skills, and become an expert in the use of industry-standard software.

As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction1
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with 32,000 students
  • we hold 26th spot in the QS World University Rankings for institutions under 50 years old in 2017

12016 Good Universities Guide

Real-world connections

There is the opportunity for you to undertake a mentorship or project engagement with world-renowned visual effects studios such Rising Sun Pictures. Rising Sun Pictures’ Adelaide-based studio has created thousands of visual effects for over 100 motion pictures, including Gravity, X-Men, Days of Future Past, The Great Gatsby, and the Harry Potter series.

Alternatively, you may choose to complete an industry placement, mentorship or collaboration with another creative organisation, or to complete an industry project during your third year of study.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

Our students are passionate about the television, film, visual effects, game design and digital production industries. 

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

What you 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

You will also develop an understanding of current trends, technologies and professional practices, ensuring you graduate industry-ready.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • studio-based projects
  • written discussions
  • professional presentations
  • portfolios
  • showreels

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Illustration Animation Studio 1 GRAP 1029 9
Introductory Drawing for Design GRAP 1019 4.5
Creative Thinking Methods GRAP 2019 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Illustration Animation Studio 2 GRAP 2009 9
Computer Graphics and Imaging for Design GRAP 1018 4.5
Introduction to CGI COMM 1067 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Life Drawing VSAR 2049 4.5
Design Language in Media Arts INFT 1019 4.5
Digital Compositing COMM 2094 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Animation Design GRAP 2028 4.5
Illustration Animation Studio 3 GRAP 2010 9
Character Performance COMM 2083 4.5
THIRD YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Illustration Animation Studio 4 GRAP 3017 9
Dynamic Effects COMM 3068 4.5
Advanced Life Drawing GRAP 3016 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Visual Narrative GRAP 3019 9
Integrated Studio Practice GRAP 3018 9

Illustration and Animation Design are highly specialised professions that provide innovative visual communication solutions to diverse industries, for example, publishing, education, design, communication media and entertainment. They are creative fields underpinned by entrepreneurial practice, requiring high level technical skills, production processes and design thinking.

Mr David Blaiklock

Program Director

Enquire
Portrait image for Mr David Blaiklock
Portrait image for Mr David Blaiklock

Mr David Blaiklock

Program Director

Enquire

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City West campus

City West is in Adelaide’s most lively precinct, close to art galleries, music venues, cafés and restaurants. It has brand new learning spaces; modern lecture theatres; architecture workshops, contemporary art and design studios; and well-equipped student lounges. Explore City West >

Your study spaces

As a design student you will have access to:

  • state-of-the-art on-campus design studios
  • workshops with an extensive range of traditional machines and tools
  • computer studios
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

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

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

Ask UniSA

anchor-arrow
More FAQs

Future study opportunities

anchor-arrow

Related degrees

anchor-arrow