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Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects

1.  About the Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects

Visual Effects involves complex, multi-faceted processes that draws on a range of technical and artistic skills. The Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation & Visual Effects aims to demystify the digital visual effects process by introducing you to 3D animation principles, rendering process and compositing principles and techniques. You will be using industry tools Maya (3D animation) and Nuke (compositing) whilst gaining an understanding of the art of visual effects.

A one-week placement will help you make industry connections, while gaining an understanding of VFX workflows and practices in a professional setting.

Delivered across two semesters, through evening workshops, supplemented by online learning, this course offers the flexibility to allow you to maintain employment while studying.

This course is suitable for those seeking an understanding of the visual effects pipeline and animation principles from a storyboard to final composited shot. You will develop 2D skills in tracking, rotoscoping, compositing and matte painting; 3D skills in modelling, animating, lighting and rendering; and foundational skills in industry standard software, Maya and Nuke.

This course is after hours, approximately 7.5 hours a week (for 32 weeks) of course work with additional time for assessments and course related practice activities.

2.  Essential requirements for admission

Applicants are required to have completed a certificate of senior secondary education (or establish equivalence through other study and/or professional experience) by the commencement of the program and must submit a certified copy of their highest educational qualification (or other documentation relating to equivalence, if relevant).

Applicants must attempt and submit all specified application tasks. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

3.  Student Profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced in this course in the most relevant recent intake period, including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Note: applications to the Advanced Diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects are assessed entirely on the basis of submitted application materials, given that applicants have met the prerequisite of a senior secondary certificate of education (or equivalent) according to Australian Qualifications Framework recommendations for admission to undergraduate programs. The following table classifies students on the basis of how enrolled students met this prerequisite.

Applicant Background

Semester 1, 2017

Number of Students

Percentage of all students

(A) Past higher education study (includes a bridging or enabling course)



(B) Past vocational education and training (VET) study



(C) Work and life experience <5 <5

(D) Recent secondary education

i. Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR

ii. Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered

iii. Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor.







International students



All students





"<5" – The number of students is less than 5.
N/A – Students not accepted in this category. 
N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cell with less than 5 students.

4.  Admission criteria

AFTRS does not assess ATAR. Admission determined through a process of merit-based selection on the basis the assessment of specific application tasks.

Tasks are assessed by a selection panel according to the following three selection criteria:

  • Evidence of a commitment to a career in the creative industries.
  • Evidence of original creative thinking.
  • Evidence of ability to complete complex tasks.

Admission is assessed on the same basis for applicants from all educational backgrounds: applicants with higher education study; applicants with vocational education and training; applicants with recent secondary education; and applicants with work and life experience.

5.  How to apply

Candidates apply directly to AFTRS through the online application portal. Manual application forms are available for students unable to complete an online application.

6.  Advanced standing/academic credit/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

AFTRS does not recognise prior learning, advanced standing or previous academic credit, except for where students have been previously enrolled in an equivalent program at AFTRS and successfully completed progression requirements for one or more semesters. This credit is granted at the discretion of the Director of Curriculum and Registrar.

7.  Where to get further information

Application requirements are available here.


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