GC205 - Graduate Certificate in Animation, Games and Interactivity

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Plan: GC205 - Graduate Certificate in Animation, Games and Interactivity
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: Graduate Certificate in Animation, Games and Interactivity
Award abbreviation: GCAnGam&Interac
Total credit points: 48
Career: PGRD
Duration: 0.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Location: RMIT University, City Campus
Owning school: Design (370H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/design
ASCED code: 100500
CRICOS code: 110719A

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Purpose of the Program

This program has been designed for you to build specialist knowledge in both the theoretical and technical aspects of contemporary production in animation, games and interactivity. 

In this studio-based program, you will engage with concepts and techniques of professional productions in the context of projects underpinned by contemporary developments in animation, games and interactivity. While acquiring skills in animation, game and interactive production, you will develop practical knowledge of narrative, visual, and interactive media from a directorial perspective. You will situate your creative practice in the broader historical and theoretical context of animation via the examination of critical discourses and through contemporary studio forms and devices, exploring and innovating within emerging global trends. 

The suite of skills and experiences will underpin and be integrated through practice-led research projects within a studio environment. The studio format gives you the opportunity to explore thematic/cultural/professional design issues through a variety of approaches in your chosen area of practice. You will conceptualise, develop and produce a range of creative projects that respond to a brief and demonstrate your achievement of the program learning outcomes. Studio work encourages peer-to-peer learning which will form an important part of your professional practice upon graduation.  Classes may be delivered in an online and/or face to face format.

On completion of the program, you will have specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice in the animation, games and interactive media industries. You will be able to apply directorial vision and communication skills, to realise solutions in motion and interaction design that are innovative and engaging for contemporary audiences. Upon graduation, you will be experienced in project planning, collaborative practice, team-based production and management and will be able to confidently communicate with allied professionals, such as writers, producers, designers and programmers. You will have the opportunity to connect to a network of practitioners and to form collaborative partnerships with the potential to extend beyond the program itself.  

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. 

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to apply for entry to MC232 Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity and will be eligible for 48 credit points of exemptions (equivalent to 0.5 year full-time study). 

GC205 Graduate Certificate in Animation, Games and Interactivity is also an exit award for Master of Animation, Games and Interactivity.  It is available to students upon successful completion of the four (4) courses (48 credit points) specified in the program structure.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Animation, Games and Interactivity, you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related postgraduate programs at RMIT University subject to each program’s entry requirements. 

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Entrance requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or at least three years of professional experience in the animation, games, interactivity and/or digital media area. 

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page. 

Selection task 

Applicants must complete and submit a selection task. Some applicants may be invited to an interview. 

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in animation, games and interactivity. 

The certificate has strong connections throughout the creative industry with organisations such as 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).

Students and staff are widely acknowledged and have exhibited in festivals and conferences that include Siggraph, MIAF, LIAF, MILIA and Annecy. All staff are practising designers, artists and industry practitioners, and experienced educators actively engaged in research in their areas of expertise. 

Animation, Games and Interactivity has an Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) that links you with industry standards and practice. Ongoing engagement with the IAC ensures that this program is relevant to industry needs and expectations. 

In addition, Animation, Games and Interactivity draws on outside industry experts as guest lecturers to ensure that you are exposed to the latest industry developments. Industry professionals also provide you with exposure to current industry practice. 

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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, 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 

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study spaces. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases.    

Computers and printers are available at every Library. You can access the Internet and Library e-resources. You can also access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.  

Contact Ask the Library for information on Library resources and services: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library.  Study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, information literacy, referencing, maths and study skills. 

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Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

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