Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media)
DurationFull-time 3 years
This is one of the most popular animation programs in Victoria, where you’ll become a specialist in animation and interactive media design including:
- animation (2D and 3D)
- motion graphics
- special effects
- interactive media.
This program looks at animation in all its forms, from the animated character to motion graphics across linear and interactive environments. Presented in a creative and supportive environment, the program focuses on intellectual investigation and conceptual development.
Upon graduating, you will demonstrate aesthetic and intellectual maturity and strong technical abilities within design, media and art disciplines.
Students and staff enjoy wide national and international acknowledgement and exhibit in festivals and conferences such as Siggraph, MIAF, LIAF, MILIA and Annecy.
Through a successful historic culture of animation at RMIT all staff are practising artists, designers and industry practitioners. They are experienced educators actively engaged in research in their areas of expertise.
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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|Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media)||City Campus||
3 years (6 semesters)
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.
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.
RMIT is committed to admissions transparency. View the 2018 ATAR distribution information for our degrees and information about how admissions work at RMIT:
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.
- complete and submit the Animation and Interactive Media selection kit. The deadline has been extended to 5pm Friday 13 October
- VTAC applicants register and submit the selection kit here
- RMIT current or recent students you will receive an email prompt to complete the selection kit when you submit your direct application.
- attend a folio presentation (short-listed applicants only*)
*If you are required to attend, you will be contacted by email in October/November and must attend in mid-November (non-year 12 applicants) or late November to early December (year 12 applicants).
Advisory emails will be sent in mid-December.
The selection kit has two components: an online statement and a hardcopy submission. The hardcopy component is available for download within the online selection kit.
The selection kit requires:
- Applicant statement (online): You must outline what interests you about animation and interactive media (maximum 400 words).
- Pre-selection kit (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 steam, respect, chaos or vinyl.
Tell the story as a comic strip style sequence using no more than nine to ten postcard-sized images in the format illustrated below. 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.
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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 on a CD with files in PDF, JPEG, SWF, DCR or QuickTime format suitable to be read on Mac OSX or later, unless otherwise specified. Each electronic file should be no larger than 10MB.
You must present your folio at an assessment session (if you are living outside Melbourne, this can be conducted via email, phone or Skype).
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 92 (with minimum of 20 in all sections)
- 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.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available.
In a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
As a CSP student, you may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which allows you to defer payment of up to 100% of your student contribution.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
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 2018
|Student contribution band by course (subject)||Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2018|
|Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing||$6,444 per standard year
$805 per standard (12 credit point) course
|Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture||$9,185 per standard year
$1,148 per standard (12 credit point) course
Band 3: law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$10,754 per standard year
$1,344 per standard (12 credit point) course
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 100% of their student contribution.
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 100% 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 2018 is $298.
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.