Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media)
DurationFull-time 3 years
In this program there is a strong focus of ’learning by doing’, even in theory subjects. Your study will take place in studios and workshops and includes a guest lecture series from staff with an industry background.
A major component of the program is studio practice. This will engage you in learning about animation and interactive media via an immersion into the discipline, its methods and practices through set projects and briefs.
You will be assessed through presentations, digital submission and peer-reviewed work. Over the 3 years you will work towards the completion of an industry ready folio of work including a major production.
We do not have a formal internship course, however work placement and internships are possible through the studio courses.
All programs are delivered in English. You will have access to online and digital resources through the myRMIT student portal.
This program replicates work found in real-world industry studios. Assigned tasks simulate industry-based work practices. Previous students have found work placements with animation/media agencies such as LucasArts, Viska Toons and Iloura as a result of program industry connections.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This is the top animation program in Victoria, helping to attract a very strong international student cohort. The global focus of skills taught means your proficiency can be applied in Australia and overseas.
You will be encouraged to submit your work to international festivals to receive global recognition during and upon graduation.
RMIT’s Education Abroad Office (EAO) supports students to undertake an exchange or short term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
You’ll start your hands-on learning from day one, allowing you three full years of exposure to the design and artistic elements involved in animation.
Via imaging, design, media studies and production studios, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of animation and interactive media. You will cover areas of narrative development, as well as developing performance, visual and aural literacy.
In semester 1 you will study 2D animation, 3D animation, interactive media and digital effects.
In semester 2 you'll engage in the studio model through electing to work on particular projects or briefs. You will also select electives from 2D animation, 3D animation, sound design, interactive media, video, experimental video, and alternative animation.
In the final year the emphasis is on collaborative and conceptual development. You again engage with the studio model and choose another elective. In the final semester you will produce a major work of your own design. The final outcome will be an industry-ready folio showcasing your skills and abilities.
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3 years (6 semesters)
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Program code: BP203
As the relevance and importance of media design and creative skills expand, our graduates are in high demand. They work as:
- motion graphics designers
- character designers
- pre production artists
- 3D visualisers and modellers
- visual effects artists
- web designers
- art directors
- digital artists
Graduates have also launched their own successful businesses and artistic careers.
RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options.
RMIT admits students from a range of educational pathways, including Year 12 results, previous higher education or vocational education study, work experience, and for some programs - interviews, auditions or portfolios.
Gain a better understanding of the Admission criteria for this program by viewing RMIT’s Admission information.
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent in 2016, 2017 or 2018. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.
School Network Access Program (SNAP)
The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary access and participation of eligible students from SNAP partner schools.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Certificate IV or above (or equivalent).
Applicants with Higher Education study
Satisfactory completion of at least two courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent).
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Successful completion of an Australian senior secondary certificate of education (Year 12) or overseas equivalent.
Prerequisites: VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL (or equivalent) or achieve an overall score of at least 155 in the STAT multiple choice.
- complete and submit the Animation and Interactive Media pre-selection kit.
- VTAC applicants must register and submit the selection kit.
- All kits must be submitted by the dates noted below for each VTAC round:
- Early round (Non year 12 only): 27 September 2018
- Main round (All applicants): 2 November 2018
- All subsequent rounds (if places are available): 15 February 2019
- RMIT current or recent students please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your pre-selection kit will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.
- All kits must be submitted by 6 March 2019*
- *Kits will be assessed in the order they are received until this date unless places are filled prior.
- attend a folio presentation (some applicants). - If further information is needed to make a selection decision, you will be invited to present your folio.
- Folio presentations will be held in November/December (VTAC main round).
- For all subsequent rounds and direct applicants, folio presentations will be arranged after you have submitted your application.
- Some applicants will be selected based on their pre-selection kit and will not be required to attend a folio presentation. These applicants will receive an advisory email by mid November.
Advisory letters will be sent from late December (Main round).
The selection kit has two components
An online statement (1) and a hardcopy selection task (2). The hardcopy component is available for download within the online selection kit.
The selection kit requires:
1. Applicant statement (online): Please describe your reasons for wanting to study and what interests you about animation and interactive media. Please include the influences on your work (e.g. film, television, literature, art, design, music, people or culture) (maximum 400 words).
2. Selection task (hardcopy):
- You are required to provide 12 images of your own work (3D, 2D, photographs, graphics, drawings etc) that best showcase your creativity. Images must not exceed A4 size.
- You must create a visual ‘storyboard’ with a sequence of pictures (without words or text) based on one of the themes: cosmos, sludge, unsure and velvet.
Tell the story as a comic strip style sequence using no more than nine to ten postcard-sized images. In your storyboard, use images one to eight to develop the story which may lead to an unexpected, amusing or surprise ending in the last one or two images. You may use any hand drawn graphic, collage or photographic means to create the images.
Art and Design application tips
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Indigenous Access Program will support your application into RMIT programs through an informal interview process with support from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Your relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, in addition to any formal qualifications, are all considered.
Elite Athlete Program
The RMIT Elite Athlete Program (REAP) supports elite athlete and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent senior secondary school qualification) with a minimum 65% average.
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post-secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
Folio: You must supply evidence of your creativity in the form of a folio that contains a variety of your personal work in art, design or media relevant to the program/s you are applying for. The folio should demonstrate your interests and creative thinking as well as your conceptual, design, problem solving and technical skills. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed as well as finished works.
Examples of work to include in your folio are drawings, paintings, graphic designs, photographs, digital images, models, sculpture, video, scripting, short stories, and/or 2D and 3D Flash animation.
We recommend you explain each work to help the Selection Officer understand the purpose and background of that work.
Folios should be submitted electronically with files in PDF, JPEG, SWF, DCR or QuickTime. Each electronic file should be no larger than 10MB.
To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:
- IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
- TOEFL (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*.
* Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2019
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.
How does a HELP loan work?
If your HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2019 is $303.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living ;in Melbourne.