COMM 3082


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

First Semester
(Study Period 2)

Second Semester
(Study Period 6)
Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Creative

Course aim

Students undertaking the Visual Effects Placement: Compositing and Tracking course will be provided with a unique full time 12 week media placement on location with industry partner Rising Sun Pictures. This immersive full semester placement will build upon students’ existing media arts knowledge and on completion of this course, they will be able to demonstrate advanced visual effects techniques including how to create 3D visual effects and develop skills in compositing, plate preparation, rotoscoping and 3D tracking. Students will also develop a completed showreel and resume in addition to gaining practical hands on experience with industry mentoring.

Course content

This full semester course familiarises students with professional practice in the visual effects industry, and provides the theory, skills and techniques to produce industry-standard visual effects based film sequences. The course will provide students with hands-on training in core skills required by entry-level visual effects artists including camera tracking, compositing, rotoscoping, plate preparation, paint and 2D tracking to produce production-standard matchmoves. Students will build experience in using industry-standard tools such as Nuke, 3DEqualizer, Maya and Shotgun.

Students will gain practical insights into career strategies and employment prospects locally, nationally and internationally. Students will be exposed to professional standards, through immersive learning in a production studio, and using industry standard software under the supervision of experienced visual effects artists. Upon completion of this course, students will have developed a clear understanding of professional practice in the visual effects industry, and will be employable on a global scale, equipped with a unique and sought after skill set. Entry into this course is restricted and students will be selected based on their previous performance in their Media Arts program. Please contact your Program Director for more information.


Ganbar 2014, Nuke 101: professional compositing and visual effects, 2nd


Students in MBME may be eligible to enrol in COMM 3082 Visual Effects Placement: Compositing and Tracking in place of one semester of their final year of study providing they have successfully completed all second year courses from the Bachelor of Media Arts, or by approval from the Program Director. There will be limited places available and students will be required to submit a portfolio of relevant work (a visual effects showreel) to the course coordinator of COMM 3068 Dynamic Effects. Students will be assessed on the quality of work in the submitted portfolio; their program GPA; and their presentation as part of an interview (if required). Contact the Program Director for details.



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 4 hours x 12 weeks
Practical 8 hours x 12 weeks
Field Placement 336 hours x N/A

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Creative work, Essay


EFTSL*: 0.500
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Fee-paying program for domestic and international students
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* Equivalent Full Time Study Load. Please note: all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

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