BP203 - Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media)

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Plan: BP203P14 - Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media)
Award abbreviation: BDes(An&InteracMedia)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years (6 semesters), full time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Design (370H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/design
ASCED code: 100500
CRICOS code: 079976B

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Purpose of the Program

This program, Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media), offers you a degree in the design and production of animation and interactive media. It combines industry-based knowledge and professional skills with theory in linear and interactive animation. The program offers you a creative and supportive environment of design endeavour.  It emphasises intellectual investigation and creative conceptual development.
In this program you will build from a base of animation and design knowledge and skills. You will then choose a specialisation in:

  • animation and interactive design, including animation (2D and 3D), 
  • motion graphics,
  • special effects,
  • interactive media.

You will experience a variety of interactive learning and teaching approaches.  These will be both face-to-face and online.  There is a combination of studios, lectures and production workshops.  You will engage in individual and team projects using industry-standard software, tools and processes.  In the final year of this program you will undertake a major project as a capstone experience. This will enable you to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the program.
On successful completion of this program you will be a professional practitioner in the design and development of animation and interactive media.  This may involve:

  • developing content for business and communications and entertainment industries
  • analysing issues, applying creative processes, working with others and communicating informed ideas
  • applying independent judgement to problems relating to innovative design, conceptual development and production.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for diverse roles, both local and international.  These roles may include: animators, 3D visualisers and modellers, web designers, interface designers, motion graphic designers, game art developers and data visualisers.

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Articulation and pathways


Credit arrangements between RMIT University programs enable you, upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification and/or provide guaranteed entry to the destination program. The statements below provide you with information about credit arrangements with this program.

Currently there is no credit arrangement from Vocational Education programs, however, students from C6151 Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Screen Plan) or C6151IM Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Interactive Plan) are encouraged to apply directly to the Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media) program, and would be considered for credit or RPL on a case by case basis.


Pathways refer to related programs that you may be eligible for when you graduate from your current program.

When you successfully complete this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University.

These include honours or masters by coursework in the School of Design. This eligibility is subject to each program’s entry requirements.  

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with post secondary work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites:  Year 12 Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

International English language requirements:
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
TOEFL (Paper based): 580 (TWE 4.5)
TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 92 with minimum of 20 in any sections
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 58 (no band less than 50)
Cambridge English – Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component
RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Advanced Plus certificate

For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page (http://www.rmit.edu.au/international/english-equivalent).

Selection requirements: All applicants must complete and submit the Animation and Interactive Media selection kit.

Folio presentation: All applicants are required to attend a folio presentation. Some selected applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit and may be exempted from attending a folio presentation.

For details and additional information, check VTAC Guide and/or RMIT website. 

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia, there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in animation and interactive media. The degree has strong connections throughout the creative industry with organisations. These include the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI - http://www.acmi.net.au), Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM - http://www.atomvic.org), Film Victoria (http://www.film.vic.gov.au), and Screen Australia (http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au).

Graduates and staff are widely acknowledged as practitioners. Many have exhibited in festivals and conferences that include Siggraph, MIAF, LIAF, MILIA and Annecy. All staff are practising designers, industry practitioners and experienced educators.

The School of Design has substantial links with media and communication industries. Employers and industry professionals are members of our program advisory committee. They have contributed to both the initial development and ongoing improvement of this program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate, and the needs of graduate employers.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper and materials, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled at RMIT University you can use all the services provided by the Library. These include study spaces, books, journals and course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, and newspapers. You can also request items from any library in the world through our document delivery service.

RMIT Library staff can show you how to find the information you need for your assignments and how to make the most of the library resources. You can speak to a librarian, work through web-based tutorials or use our online “Ask a Librarian” service. 

All students have unlimited access to our specialist electronic resources. These include e-books, e-journals and newspapers to make it easier for you to get the information you need, when you need it.  Our collections are continually updated to ensure the currency and accuracy of the resources you use.

Computers are available at every Library site. You can access the Internet, myRMIT and Library e-resources.

You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides resources and opportunities to help you to achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online for:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
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  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  The Ngarara Willim Centre offers ongoing guidance with study, living and cultural needs.

You can find more information at http://www.rmit.edu.au/students


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