Course Title: Design animation and digital visual effects

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5284

Course Title: Design animation and digital visual effects

Portfolio: DSC

Nominal Hours: 80.0

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


320T Design (TAFE)


Course Contact: Garry Amy

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

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Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to design animation and digital visual effects for screen productions. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUFANM503A Design animation and digital visual effects


1. Clarify design requirements

2. Generate and assess ideas

3. Conduct research and experimentation

4. Produce draft design specifications

5. Finalise design specifications

Learning Outcomes

Designers who specialise in animation or visual effects apply the skills and knowledge described in this unit. They work closely with people such as directors or producers to prepare design specifications for animation or visual effects for projects, which range in scope from television commercials to aspects of feature films, an entire animated film or interactive games.

A high level of creative conceptualisation is required, along with an ability to undertake background research.

Overview of Assessment

Evidence of the following is essential:

   -  design specifications for animation and digital visual effects that:

      *  are well documented and clearly presented

      *  supported by appropriate research

      *  meet production requirements

   -  ability to work effectively as a member of a production team

   -  effective verbal presentation skills.