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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Design (3D Animation)

Let your imagination run free and create the unexpected with the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) at Deakin. Explore how animation is used across film, television, advertising, web, motion-capture, and game design – and learn to draw or digitally create characters that leap off the page. 

During your degree, you’ll learn the tools, strategies, and design methodologies required to develop your creative, technical, and analytical skills in animation production. 

You’ll also explore design histories and theories and gain expertise in animation methods like computer graphic animation (3D CG modeling, character design, and rigging, CG lighting, and rendering) and motion-capture techniques. Use the same design tools as the professionals and gain hands-on industry experience by developing design solutions for real-world audiences. 

Do you dream of working with Pixar, Dreamworks, or Studio Ghibli? 

Throughout your course, you’ll work on real client briefs and ongoing creative projects. What better way to kickstart your career than by working with industry professionals from the moment you start university – tackling on-the-job challenges you’ll face in the real world.

If you’re creative and love moving pictures, this course can help you turn your passion into a rewarding career. You can even specialize in design areas you’re interested in by choosing elective units in your second and third year, such as:

  • Creative Coding
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Design of Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems
  • Motion Graphics for Film and Advertising.

Campus Information


The Melbourne Burwood Campus is Deakin’s largest. A short trip from Melbourne’s central business district, Burwood offers the perfect balance between city lifestyle and suburban comfort. On campus you will find impressive buildings and world-class facilities, a wide range of learning and social spaces, and a relaxed atmosphere. If you enjoy getting outdoors between classes, the Melbourne Burwood Campus also sits alongside parkland, which is great for walking, jogging and cycling.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

As a graduate, you’ll be a well-equipped multidisciplinary designer ready to work in motion design, animation, film, television, web design, Augmented Reality (AR), and Virtual Reality (VR). Roles include:

  • 2D or 3D animator
  • augmented realities designer
  • arts editor
  • cartoonist
  • digital designer
  • game developer
  • illustrator
  • modeler
  • motion capture technician
  • motion graphics designer
  • multimedia developer
  • VR designer.

PSW Opportunity

  • Melbourne Campus - 2 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, with pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 20 in English other than EAL.

Applicants will be selected in accordance with the published Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for that year.

Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life, or work experience will be based on one of their performance in:

  • a Certificate IV in a related discipline OR
  • a Diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a Diploma in a related discipline OR
  • successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR
  • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including relevant work or life experience

All Applicants seeking admission to the Bachelor of Design (3D Animation) will be required to complete a portfolio of work presented to a satisfactory standard.

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application