Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC108 (Internal)

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$AU 13,450 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2024

Degree overview

  • Study with UniSA onsite at the new Rising Sun Pictures studios in South Bank, Brisbane.
  • Be mentored by industry leaders and professionals at world-renowned visual effects studio, Rising Sun Pictures.
  • Learn from the World No. 17 Visual Effects School1 with UniSA and Rising Sun Pictures.
  • Benefit from face-to-face and live streamed sessions with key staff at Rising Sun Pictures.
  • Deliver work using industry-level tools, such as Shotgun, Substance Painter and Houdini.
  • Produce your own show reel.
  • Benefit from unique networking opportunities as you work alongside skilled visual effects artists and industry professionals.
  • 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.

1The Rookies Awards 2023
2UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings.



This unique qualification will set you apart from the crowd, provide you with the skills and techniques needed to produce industry quality visual effects, and offer you the opportunity to learn first-hand from the professionals at Rising Sun Pictures.

Working alongside qualified visual effects artists at RSP's Brisbane studio, you will immerse yourself in the world of visual effects when you embark on this intensive 12-week graduate certificate.


What you'll learn

What you Learn

This intensive 12-week graduate certificate will immerse you in a simulated studio environment where you will:

  • learn key digital asset development techniques
  • learn how to create 3D visual effects such as explosions, water effects and clouds, as well as procedurally generated environments such as cities, beaches and forests
  • learn how to use computer generated lighting applications
  • graduate with a professional resume and reel to show prospective employers
  • gain theoretical knowledge, skills and techniques needed in professional practice
  • join in Rising Sun Pictures company meetings and events
  • produce a finished show reel of screen shots
  • work with Rising Sun Pictures’ recruitment team to professionalise your resume and reel
  • You will also develop an understanding of current trends, technologies and professional practices, ensuring you graduate industry-ready.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Visual Effects Professional Practice COMM 5073 4.5
Effects Skills Development COMM 5074 4.5
Effects Element Development COMM 5075 4.5
Look Development and Lighting COMM 5076 4.5

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. 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:

  • reports
  • projects
  • supervisor evaluations
  • portfolios
  • journals

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 Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting (Brisbane - Rising Sun Pictures)

Why this Degree

This graduate certificate offers students from a range of disciplines a unique, highly regarded opportunity to fine-tune their skills and gain experience working for world-renowned visual effects studio, Rising Sun Pictures.

Under the guidance of highly skilled visual effects artists you will develop your own show reel and graduate with a professional resume and portfolio. You will also get the opportunity to use industry-level software and build important industry relationships and connections.

Real-world connections

This qualification is all about industry experience and connections – and from day one, you'll be working alongside industry professionals, building important relationships and learning on the job. Rising Sun Pictures has created thousands of visual effects for over 160 motion pictures, including Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Black Widow, Mortal Kombat, Gravity and the Harry Potter series. Through this industry placement you will graduate with a valuable connection to one of Australia’s leading visual effects companies.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Student work

You'll have access to Rising Sun Pictures simulated studio environment in Brisbane, where you'll be introduced to the various roles and responsibilities of visual effects.

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Career outcomes

Your career

This unique offering prepares students for an exciting career in the entertainment industry, and our collaboration with Rising Sun Pictures means you may even land a job before graduation. Careers to consider:

  • FX artist: construct dynamic effects such as simulations, explosions and natural phenomena for feature film and television
  • Lighting technical director: ensure lighting, colour and mood are consistent
  • Production assistant / coordinator: ensure all aspects of a production run on time and to budget
  • VFX producer: responsible for the running of the project
  • VFX supervisor: ensure VFX shots are ready for post-production

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


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 have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those 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.

Your program director

Dr Josh McCarthy is the Program Director: Film and Television, and oversees the Bachelor of Film and Television, Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking, the Graduate Certificate in Dynamic Effects and Lighting, and the Graduate Certificate in Film and Television. 

Dr Josh McCarthy

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Josh McCarthy

Dr Josh McCarthy

Program Director


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