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DIPLOMA & BACHELOR DEGREE OF ANIMATION & VFX

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Master the tools and techniques needed to pursue a successful career as a 3D animator, 3D modeller, or FX artist for film and games.

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Diploma of Animation & VFX
Bachelor of Animation & VFX

 
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Diploma - 7 months
Bachelor - 2 year intensive
Part-time options available

 
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Weekly online classes
Expert feedback and support

 
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Diploma - 6 subjects
Bachelor - 18 subjects

 
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Diploma - $16,664 AUD
Bachelor - $49,992 AUD

FEE-Help Available

 
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January
May
September

 

INDUSTRY-DRIVEN ACCREDITED COURSE

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Start your journey as an animator or VFX artist with training from industry pros

Discover how to bring digital characters, captivating worlds, and mind-bending effects to life for film, TV, virtual production, advertising, and video games. With an industry expert as your guide, master specialised software and delve deep into the VFX pipeline and creative workflows, building the skills and techniques to prepare you for a successful career in the industry.

Why study animation and VFX at CGSI:

  • Choose an area of specialisation to build highly focused conceptual, creative, and technical knowledge and skills
  • Create industry-level work that studios will notice
  • Master relevant industry software
  • Graduate in less time than a typical degree - two years instead of three
  • Access FEE-HELP to secure no upfront fees (eligible students only)
 

CG Spectrum Institute is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), ensuring students receive a high-quality education and graduate with reputable qualifications.

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COMPREHENSIVE INDUSTRY TRAINING

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Our holistic approach to education empowers students to adapt and excel in the constantly changing world of creative technology.

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Build industry-focused, specialised technical and creative skills through rigorous practical and theoretical training.

 
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Learn the underlying concepts and principles that govern the creative industries and how to apply them as a working artist.

 
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Gain essential skills for success in the real world, including communication, problem-solving, management, and leadership.

 
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Learn from and network with professionals and academic thought leaders within the world of creative technology.

 
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Engage in hands-on study and assessments that provide a compelling, practical learning experience to prepare you for the industry.

 
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Graduate job-ready with a holistic skillset, polished portfolio or showreel, and support from our career services team.

 

“CG Spectrum is the first place we look to find quality graduates for junior positions.

 

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Simon RosenthalHead of VFX, Framestore

“This course fills a skills gap in our industry that has lasted far too long. It's really great to see a school being so aligned with industry needs.”

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Rob Lodermeier Animation Supervisor, Flying Bark

"CGSI has designed a program that stands out amongst existing competitors through its mentorship which allows students to genuinely engage with industry folk.”

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Jamy ZinkVice President Luma Pictures

“I'm personally so thrilled these courses are being launched and have been crafted with so much care and real-world industry consideration.”

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Blake MizziCo-Founder & Design Director, League of Geeks

CHOOSE YOUR SPECIALISATION

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Specialisation is an integral part of our courses and enables students to hone their skills in a focused area within the broader world of animation and visual effects. It promotes a higher level of creative and technical expertise and helps students determine the career pathway that will lead them to the industry. 

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REVIEW ALL AVAILABLE COURSE MAJORSChoose from one of the following: 3D animation, 3D modelling, or FX. Read about each major in more detail below.
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SELECT YOUR MAJOR (SPECIALISATION)When deciding on your area of specialisation, it's important to consider your interests and strengths, along with your career aspirations.
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HONE YOUR SKILLS AND BUILD A TAILORED PORTFOLIOStudy comprehensive units dedicated to your major each trimester, including building a professional showreel that focuses on your specialisation.
  • 3D Modelling
  • FX
  • 3D Animation

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The 3D modelling specialisation will build your digital modelling and sculpting skills. Create realistic props, curious creatures, and immersive environments using Maya, ZBrush, and Substance Painter. You'll be guided by experts with years of industry experience. Uncover advanced hard surface techniques as well as organic 3D modelling, sculpting a character with hair, clothing, and accessories and a creature with fur or scales.

You'll also learn how to texture, light, and render your work to create studio-quality turntables and scenes. Refine your art during your final trimester, which focuses on building a professional showreel and getting you job-ready.

 

 

Creative Concepts & Principles

Industry Concepts, Processes & Capabilities

3D Modelling Specialisation
1 Film &  Game Principles, Concepts & Innovations Industry Overview 3D Modelling Fundamentals
2 Art & Design Concepts & Principles Communicate! Mode, Purpose & Context Character & Environment Modelling
    DIPLOMA EXIT  
3 Concepts & Principles of Story & Visual Narrative Identifying & Solving Problems Creature and Hard Surface Modelling
4 Concepts & Principles of Lighting & Cinematography Managing Projects & Creative Assets Advanced Character Modelling
5 Leading with Integrity Establishing & Sustaining Your Business Advanced Environment Modelling & Layout
6 Stepping into Industry Marketing Yourself & Your Work 3D Modeling Capstone
    BACHELOR EXIT  
 

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Enter the dynamic world of FX  and simulation in this major and learn how to conjure realistic CG fire, destruction, tidal waves, and more using industry-standard tools and workflows. Learn directly from professional FX artists while you explore procedural modelling and create a believable destruction shot using Rigid Body Dynamics (RBD), playing with geometry fracturing and a range of FX solvers and constraints. 

As you progress in your studies, you'll practice liquid simulations and simulations for cloth, hair, and grains. You will also gain insights into how to optimise your render times to create more impressive and complex scenes that will help you compile a comprehensive showreel in your final trimester and prepare for studio life.

 

 

Creative Concepts & Principles

Industry Concepts, Processes & Capabilities

FX Specialisation
1 Film & Game Principles, Concepts & Innovations Industry Overview FX Foundations
2 Art & Design Concepts & Principles Communicate! Mode, Purpose & Context Rigid Body Dynamics & Pyro
    DIPLOMA EXIT  
3 Concepts & Principles of Story & Visual Narrative Identifying & Solving Problems Liquid and Vellum FX
4 Concepts & Principles of Lighting & Cinematography Managing Projects & Creative Assets FX in Production
5 Leading with Integrity Establishing & Sustaining Your Business Advanced FX Production
6 Stepping into Industry Marketing Yourself & Your Work FX Capstone
    BACHELOR EXIT  
 

COMING SOON! - TAKING EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

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Specialise in 3D animation and learn how to breathe life into digital characters using Autodesk Maya. With instruction and support from professional film and game industry animators, you'll master complex creature and character animation techniques to create compelling 3D scenes. Your characters and creatures will walk, talk, run, jump, and fly as you gain a comprehensive understanding of body mechanics.

Balance your more technical skills and knowledge with storytelling and character acting, applying elements like shot composition, cinematography, layering, and acting beats to enhance your animated performances. Graduate with an impressive 3D animation showreel coupled with essential career and industry knowledge.

 

 

Creative Concepts & Principles

Industry Concepts, Processes & Capabilities

3D Animation Specialisation
1 Film & Game Principles, Concepts & Innovations Industry Overview 3D Animation Foundations
2 Art & Design Concepts & Principles Communicate! Mode, Purpose & Context Body Mechanics
    DIPLOMA EXIT  
3 Concepts & Principles of Story & Visual Narrative Identifying & Solving Problems Storytelling for Animation
4 Concepts & Principles of Lighting & Cinematography Managing Projects & Creative Assets Advanced Character Acting
5 Leading with Integrity Establishing & Sustaining Your Business Creature Animation
6 Stepping into Industry Marketing Yourself & Your Work 3D Animation Capstone
    BACHELOR EXIT  
 

CREATE AN INDUSTRY READY PORTFOLIO

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CG Spectrum Institute bachelor degrees dedicate a trimester to crafting an impressive portfolio or showreel to not only demonstrate your technical ability but also serve as a tangible representation of your unique artistic voice and potential, unlocking viable career opportunities in the animation and VFX industry.

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TRAINING AND GUIDANCE FROM INDUSTRY PROS

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Study with an industry expert as your guide. These experienced professionals have the skills, knowledge, and industry insights to prepare you for your creative career.

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Spectra Sani 3D Animation
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Spectra has been animating for almost a decade at Playstation, Digital Domain and Ubisoft on projects such as Far Cry 6, Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, and Advantageous.
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Jon Vener 3D Animation
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Jon is an artist, developer, and educator who has been in animation, VFX, games and VR for 13 years and has been a digital creative professional for 20+ years.
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Jon Krummel 3D Modelling
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From major Disney hits like Frozen, Zootopia, and Wreck-it Ralph to Disneyland theme park rides, Jon's 20 years in the business have made him an accomplished 3D environment artist.
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Daniel Hourigan FX
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Daniel is a senior Houdini FX artist with 15 years of experience working on blockbusters such as Terminator: Dark Fate, John Wick 3, Aquaman, The Wolverine, and Game of Thrones.
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Kathy Constantin Core
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Dr Kathy Constantin has worked in both production and recruitment in high-end visual effects; her credits include Captain Marvel, Jungle Cruise, Mortal Kombat, Ford vs. Ferrari, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and many more.
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Magdalena Bisogni Core
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Mags has over 20 years of experience in production and talent management in high-end visual effects. Her credits include Spider-Man: Far from Home, Captain Marvel, Jojo Rabbit, Game of Thrones, John Wick and many more.
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"One of the best decisions I've ever made for my career."

I've learned and grown so much. I took advantage of everything CG Spectrum had to offer, and as a result, I landed my dream job at my dream company. Thank you!

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Tiffany L
Animation Artist, Dreamworks

"One of the best decisions I've ever made for my career."

I've learned and grown so much. I took advantage of everything CG Spectrum had to offer, and as a result, I landed my dream job at my dream company. Thank you!

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Tiffany L
Animation Artist, Dreamworks

"This course helped me understand how the industry functions."

Having unlimited access to industry experts offers a treasure trove of learning opportunities for aspiring artists. Learning new or different software is not the hard part. What matters is making the most of whatever tools you know in the most effective manner. That is how my education helped me in my career.

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Danish A
3D Modeller, Framestore

"This course helped me understand how the industry functions."

Having unlimited access to industry experts offers a treasure trove of learning opportunities for aspiring artists. Learning new or different software is not the hard part. What matters is making the most of whatever tools you know in the most effective manner. That is how my education helped me in my career.

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Studios that have hired our graduates

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

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The increasing demand for quality content and the democratisation of technology have led to a booming film and games industry and a rising demand for digital artists. 

$2.32T Global entertainment & media value
30% Projected Growth by 2027
2.5M Expected Global Jobs Worldwide by 2027
$81K Mid-range Annual Salary

*Data sourced from PwC and Glassdoor

Animation & VFX Career Pathways

This course offers many career opportunities in the creative industry. As you progress with your studies, and depending on your major, you will unlock a range of skills that can pave the way to some of the following careers:

  • 3D Animator
  • 3D Modeler
  • Compositor
  • FX Artist
  • Real-time 3D Artist

3D Animator

3D animators breathe life into digital characters, creatures, and objects by producing the motions, gestures, and expressions of a rigged 3D model frame-by-frame, which is then strung together to form the actions seen in film, TV, and games.

$75,250 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Talent.com)

3D Animator

3D animators breathe life into digital characters, creatures, and objects by producing the motions, gestures, and expressions of a rigged 3D model frame-by-frame, which is then strung together to form the actions seen in film, TV, and games.

$75,250 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Talent.com)

3D Modeller

Working from concept art, real-world reference, and scans, 3D modellers digitally build, sculpt, and detail digital characters, props, vehicles, and sets, often referred to as assets, using computer software and a tablet.

$84,400 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Indeed)

3D Modeller

Working from concept art, real-world reference, and scans, 3D modellers digitally build, sculpt, and detail digital characters, props, vehicles, and sets, often referred to as assets, using computer software and a tablet.

$84,400 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Indeed)

VFX Compositor

Compositors seamlessly integrate CG assets, matte paintings, and live-action footage to make a single moving image, known as a shot. They match each shot in terms of light and shadow, colour and grading, and perspective and depth.

$72,000 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Glassdoor)

VFX Compositor

Compositors seamlessly integrate CG assets, matte paintings, and live-action footage to make a single moving image, known as a shot. They match each shot in terms of light and shadow, colour and grading, and perspective and depth.

$72,000 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Glassdoor)

FX Artist

FX artists create digital simulations and procedural workflows based on real-world elements or supernatural concepts that move or react under the basic laws of physics. The results can be realistic or stylized.

$97,000 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Glassdoor)

FX Artist

FX artists create digital simulations and procedural workflows based on real-world elements or supernatural concepts that move or react under the basic laws of physics. The results can be realistic or stylized.

$97,000 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Glassdoor)

Real-time 3D Artist

Real-time artists create interactive 3D content and assets that are rendered in real time. They often work on a project from concept to completion, collaborating with filmmakers or game developers to realize a broader vision.

$80,000 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Glassdoor)

Real-time 3D Artist

Real-time artists create interactive 3D content and assets that are rendered in real time. They often work on a project from concept to completion, collaborating with filmmakers or game developers to realize a broader vision.

$80,000 /yr*

*Average Base Pay (Glassdoor)

I'm now in a place where I feel ready to make my way into a new industry.

"After a decade spent in a different career, I was looking to retrain. The approach and professionalism of all the teachers at the school have helped me navigate this career change with excitement. Equipping me with a fantastic knowledge base and work ethic."

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YOUR CREATIVE CAREER STARTS HERE

Get your course guide and speak with our admissions team to discuss how we can help you achieve your career goals.

QUESTIONS? WE'VE GOT ANSWERS

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Our FAQ section provides additional information on our animation and VFX courses, helping you make an informed decision about pursuing creative technology in higher education.

What are the entry requirments?

Below are the entry requirements for both Australian citizens and international students.

 

Australian Citizens & Residents: School Leavers

School leavers must satisfy the following requirements:

EITHER An Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12 certificate) or equivalent; A Certificate IV or higher qualification (for example, a TAFE Diploma) or higher

 

Australian Citizens & Residents: Non-school Leavers

EITHER An Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12 certificate) or equivalent; A Certificate IV or higher qualification (for example, a TAFE Diploma) or higher

Domestic applicants whose qualifications were completed in programs where English was not the language of instruction must also meet CGSI’s IELTS (or equivalent) entry requirements specified in the English Language Proficiency Assessment Policy (see bullet points below).

 

Non-visa Holding Online International Student

Non-visa-holding online international students must also satisfy one of the following requirements:

EITHER A Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalent; A Certificate IV or higher qualification (for example, a TAFE Diploma) or higher

Applicants for admission to all courses at the Institute are required to demonstrate and meet one of the following minimum English Language Proficiency standards:

EITHER Successful completion of secondary education, or an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) award at Level 4 or above, in which English was the medium of instruction and assessment, and the final year of study was undertaken during the five (5) years immediately prior to commencement of study with CGSI; 

OR achieving the minimum requirements of an approved English Language test (as per the bullet points below) within two (2) years prior to the commencement of study. Minimum requirements for each respective test are as follows:

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): Overall Band Score 6.0 with a minimum sub-score of 5.5 in writing, reading, speaking and listening.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Internet-Based Test (iBT): 75 or better overall and no score less than 17.
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic): Overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46.

Applicants to any of the CGSI courses must provide documentary evidence that they meet English Language Proficiency requirements.

 

Special and/or alternative entry:  Articulation pathway admissions Articulation arrangements are being explored with a number of providers for students who meet the entry requirements for CGSI’s courses. These arrangements cover a pathway from AQF level 5 diploma qualifications.

Diploma-holding applicants seeking credit for the first two trimesters of the bachelor program must demonstrate the currency of their technical skills prior to this credit being applied. This may require an interview and/or a technical proficiency assessment.

 

What software will I need?

Your studies will require you to download and get acquainted with a variety of software. Some of your software requirements will depend on your major (specialisation).

General:

  • Shotgrid - educational licence 
  • Canvas - free licence
  • Nuke by Foundry - (non-commercial) educational licence

3D Modelling Specialisation:

3D Animation Specialisation:

  • Autodesk Maya – one-year educational licence (renewable)

FX Specialisation

  • Side Effects Houdini 
  • Nuke by Foundry - (non-commercial) educational licence 
  • Redshift by Maxon 

 

What are the hardware requirements?

We recommend a minimum of 32GB RAM. For more information, see links below to hardware and systems requirements for core subjects and specialisations.

General:

3D Modelling Specialisation:

3D Animation Specialisation:

FX Specialisation

 

Please note: as the software we use is regularly updated, please check the specs against the latest available version at the time of enrolling.

 

Do you offer Financial Aid?

CG Spectrum Institute ensures that individuals can access high-quality education and professional development without significant financial barriers, empowering them to achieve their goals and excel in their chosen fields.

Australian Students:

All higher education AQF Award Courses offered at CGSI are supported by the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP program.

Domestic students who meet specific eligibility criteria can access FEE-HELP, which allows them to borrow money for all or part of their tuition fees and repay the loan through the tax system once their income reaches a certain threshold.

For more information, please head to the Tuition and Fees page on our website.

International students:

There is a range of financing options suited to your situation and country. Please contact our friendly admissions team for more information on how we can support your learning journey.

 

Is this course Accredited?

CG Spectrum Institute is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

All CGSI degrees and diplomas are accredited, providing students with credible and recognised qualifications.

About TEQSA:

TEQSA stands for the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. It is an independent regulatory body in Australia responsible for assuring the quality and standards of higher education institutions. 

TEQSA-accredited qualifications are widely recognised, allowing students to pursue further studies or employment opportunities around the world.

 

How do I apply?

Ready to take the next step toward your future? Head to our application page now to start your creative journey with us. Whether you're aspiring to learn, grow, or advance your career, our application process is your gateway to a world of opportunities. Don't wait any longer; seize the moment and begin your application today. Your future awaits!

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