Start Date

3 year(s) full-time


Program Code

494021 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


Assumed Knowledge

Entry Scores
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Year 12 (ATAR-based): 65.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): B,B,C
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Degree overview

  • The only degree of its kind in Australia. UniSA is the only university to offer a degree specifically in illustration, animation and game art.
  • Gain the skills needed to begin your rewarding career in the creative and innovative world of illustration, animation and gaming.
  • Learn in our custom-built on-campus workshops.
  • Learn techniques needed to produce industry-standard visual effects, become skilled in free-hand drawing.
  • 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.
  • Graduate with two qualifications and your very own portfolio of work.
  • Be taught by world-class leaders in research – UniSA's research in illustration and animation is ranked world class1.
  • Study at a university that developed the first Bachelor of Design degree in the world.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities2, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Results in Design Practice and Management - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



This unique packaged degree will equip you with the skills needed to kick-start your rewarding career in the creative and innovative world of illustration, animation and the rapidly growing field of games development and virtual world simulation.

Throughout your studies, you will gain an understanding of picture making, visual storytelling and narratives across a range of contexts using the techniques of illustration, animation and game art. You will learn a broad range of techniques needed to produce industry-standard visuals for industries such as book and comic publishing, gaming, movies, advertising, animation and design, become skilled in free-hand drawing, develop knowledge of digital software for moving and static pictures, work in on-campus workshops that are fitted out with state-of-the-art equipment.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Commencing at UniSA in their first year of study, you will undertake Semester 1  and 2 courses from Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation), where you will explore and gain the technical skills and theoretical knowledge required for pictorial development, visual storytelling and game art within international professional gaming, illustration and animation fields.

You will gain skills in:

  • drawing
  • painting
  • sculpture to make static and moving pictures
  • animation techniques
  • design processes for problem solving and solution generation
  • visual storytelling
  • conceptual thinking
  • critical analysis and visual literacy
  • 2D and 3D digital software
  • visual effects

In your second year, you will undertake the Game Art Diploma courses at TAFE SA. You will then return to UniSA, where you will complete the remainder of your degree, culminating in a personal portfolio or show reel specific to the area(s) of professional practice you choose.

You will hone your skills through experiential studio workshops, professional production, industry networking and mentorship within the program. You will also develop research and project management skills enabling you to pursue further learning through postgraduate studies.

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

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Illustration Animation Studio 1 GRAP 1029 9
Introductory Drawing for Design GRAP 1019 4.5
Cinematic Design INFT 1019 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
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
Major 4.5 Note(s): 1 Rule(s): 1,2
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Illustration Animation Studio 4 GRAP 3017 9
Life Drawing VSAR 2049 4.5
Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Visual Narrative GRAP 3019 9
Integrated Studio Practice GRAP 3018 9

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, as well as to 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. 



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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Design (Illustration and Animation) (TAFESA Diploma program in Game Art)

Why this Degree

If you have a passion for all forms of game art and animation, visual storytelling, picture making and digital technologies and are interested in exploring the process of creating visual stories using static or moving images, this unique degree is a great choice.

In conjunction with TAFE SA, you will study in our fully-equipped workshops and studios 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 

You will complete your first year of study with UniSA, where you will learn the skills required for pictorial development and visual storytelling. In your second year, you will commence study at the TAFE SA Adelaide campus to begin the Diploma in Screen Studies specialising in Game Art. You will then return to UniSA for your third year, where you will complete the remainder of your studies.

Real-world connections

There is the opportunity for you to undertake a mentorship or project engagement with a range of industry partners such as world-renowned visual effects studios 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.

You may choose to complete a Gaming or Animation industry placement or collaborate with other creative organisations in the completion of an industry project during your third year of study.

UniSA offers an extensive range of career-related events and workshops online, on campus and around Adelaide to develop your skills and increase your knowledge.

Career outcomes

Your career

Careers to consider:

  • games developer: develop, design, create and produce computer or video games

  • 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: development and production of 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

Additionally, this degree opens career pathways into other fields such as broadcasting and motion film, visual effects and animation, educational and science-based media, streaming web content provision, design agencies, product production (fashion, toys, giftware), evolving communication technologies such as mobile technology and virtual reality, and as independent artists developing original content, advertising and publishing.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

Alternative Pathways

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


This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses are home to fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. But you’ll also discover that your journey at UniSA is about social experiences, healthy living and getting involved. You’ll find student sports and fitness facilities, community clinics, tech zones and chill-out spaces. 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 loads more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a design student, you will have access to:

  • custom-built on-campus design studios
  • workshops
  • computer studios
Your study spaces

Your program director

Mr David Blaiklock

Program Director

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Mr David Blaiklock

Program Director


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