Course Title: Design animation and digital visual effects

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5384 Diploma of Digital Media Technologies

Course Title: Design animation and digital visual effects

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 80

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345T Media and Communication

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term2 2019


City Campus


375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Face-to-Face or Internet

Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term1 2021

Course Contact: Nat Bates

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 3326

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

This course will give you the skills and knowledge required to design animation and digital visual effects for screen productions such as television commercials, feature films, animated films or interactive games.

It is relevant to those who have high-level skills in research and creative concept development. They work closely with people such as directors or producers to generate concepts and prepare design specifications for animation or visual effects for a range of projects.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CUAANM503 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

On completion of this course you will have the skills to:

  • produce design specifications for animation and digital visual effects projects that are:
  • well documented and clearly presented
  • supported by appropriate research and experimentation
  • meet production requirements
  • generate a range of concepts for animation and digital visual effects that meet cost, technical feasibility and production requirements, in collaboration with other team members
  • conduct trials, research and experimentation in developing design concepts for animation and digital visual effects
  • analyse and document research findings based on trials and experimentation for improving concept designs
  • review design process for improvement
  • explain factors that impact on the design of animation and digital visual effects
  • explain the audience characteristics that influence production style, content and technique decisions
  • outline the main requirements for a design specification.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. Your knowledge of course content is assessed through participation in class exercises, practical project work and through the application of learned skills.