Course Title: Create digital visual effects

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5198

Course Title: Create digital visual effects

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 70.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication


Term1 2011

Course Contact: Adam Lovell

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4976

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Course Description

Compositors or effects artists working in 3D animation and graphics studios apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. They are responsible for creating digital visual effects to simulate physical or natural phenomenon, such as fire, crowds, flocks of birds, fluids, smoke and weather conditions. They receive material from various sources, which could include blue screen elements, particles, graphics, 2D and 3D animation, and live action footage. Their job is to creatively combine elements into the final image, ensuring that the established style of the project is respected and continuity is maintained.
Typically, their briefs are based on elements of storyboards for film, television or digital media productions, including games. A high level of creativity is required, along with proficiency in using a range of industry-current software applications to create and refine digital visual effects. A collaborative approach to work within a production team is essential, as is an ability to meet deadlines.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisits or co-requisits for this unit 

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUFANM402A Create digital visual effects


1 Clarify work requirements

2 Prepare components.

3 Assemble previsualisations

4 Produce visual effects.

5 Finalise visual effects

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to apply creative compositing techniques to a range of media productions.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment will involve practical exercises, knowledge assessment tasks and practical group projects