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Prepare for professional success in the animation industry

If you come to life at the thought of a career as a professional animator, doing your animation degree at Griffith will give you the skills to stand out in this ultra-competitive global industry. Ranked in the top 10 globally for two years in a row*, our degree covers every aspect of animated filmmaking.

You'll develop your own vision as an artist and animator, studying concept development, storyboarding, 2D, 3D and stop-motion character animation, motion capture, editing, graphic processes, sound recording, visual effects, post-production, marketing and distribution. You'll use top of the line hardware and premium industry-recognised software to produce original animated projects, from concept to delivery.

*International Animation School Rankings 2019 and 2020

Top Ranking

Animation degree ranked within the top ten globally in both the 2019 and 2020 International Animation School Rankings

Study animation at Griffith

Learn from the world's best

Access an exciting calendar of exhibitions, guest lectures, master classes and artist talks. Screen your work and collaborate with Griffith Film School filmmakers, games designers and musicians at Griffith University's Queensland Conservatorium.

Study under award-winning industry experts. Griffith Film School students learn from acclaimed figures such as Hollywood directors Gil Bettman and Mark Travis, character and performance expert Myrna Gawryn and Academy award-winning animator Adam Elliot. Master classes in animation presented by the esteemed Gobelins School in Paris are regularly hosted by Griffith Film School, along with master classes by multi-Oscar award-winning producer, Lord David Puttnam.

Experiment and specialise

You'll be fully prepared for careers in the animation industry. The essential theoretical and practical skills are comprehensively covered through majors in:

  • Animating
  • Art direction
  • Technical direction (CGI)
  • Streams in post-production FX, script and stop-motion fabrication.
Choose to work in traditional drawn animation, 2D, 3D and motion-captured digital animation, 3D puppet or clay animation and other experimental media.

Practical experience

Build your portfolio and develop vital contacts and networks through our key industry links. Intern with local studios, including Ludo Studio, producers of the award-winning children’s animation Bluey. Work on projects for real clients through our commercial multimedia production arm, LiveLab, led by BAFTA award-winning creative director Richard Fabb.

LiveLab works with local creators to produce global online content and were a part of the Queensland Creative Entrepreneurship Program, that brought together YouTube, the Queensland Government and LiveLab to offer content creators world-class skills.

Toon Boom Centre of Excellence

Griffith University is an officially recognised Toon Boom Centre of Excellence, which verifies the Griffith Film School Bachelor of Animation meets a high standard of depth, breadth and quality. This qualification provides graduating students the advantage of being in high demand for world recognised studio careers that value a deep knowledge of Toon Boom 2D animation software.

Go Global

Journey to outback Queensland to collaborate on productions with partner schools including Falmouth University and Beijing Film Academy; or travel overseas on study tours and extended exchange programs with our international partner universities.

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Studying animation at Griffith will give you the skills to stand out in this global industry.

Peeping Winkle

Lonesome Malvin’s Christmas wish to have a friend and his peculiar elderly neighbour’s endeavour to make it come true.

Director and Producer: Michael Linhart

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The tale of a young, greedy chameleon who must run for his life to keep his prize–a large grub—eyed by a larger kingfisher.

Director/Animator: Naomi Scutts

Producer: Kate Doroshenko

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Warm Winter

In a snowy winter, a son had a quarrel with his mother before going abroad. The mother tried to say goodbye to him the last minute but the taxi took off...

Director and Animator: Xin Li

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Animation graduate productions

Our animation graduate productions are screened at film festivals around the world.

Image credit: Still from graduate animation, Dot 2019

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Animation alumni create International Emmy Award winning kids TV show

Griffith Film School animation alumni have recently taken out the International Emmy in the Kids/ Preschool category for their hit series, Bluey. The animated series which premiered on ABC Kids, has become the ABC’s most watched show, with 241 million plays since its launch in 2018.

Griffith Film School alumnus Joe Brumm created Bluey after watching his daughters at play. Griffith Film School graduates made up more than half of the workforce on Bluey, including Animation graduate Beth Harvey, who is one of the lead animators on the project. “I hope that this helps put Brisbane on the world map for animation,” she said.

Our remarkable alumni

See where an animation degree from Griffith Film School can take you.

Bleach festival

Three-year partnership with Bleach* Festival to provide extensive practical experience to Griffith students from 2019

Career outcomes

Work anywhere in the world

With your Animation degree from Griffith, you can practice your craft globally as a creative, innovative, collaborative storyteller

You'll be fully grounded in the techniques needed to establish yourself as a professional working on animation and visual effects for film, television, computer games and interactive media companies. Animators are becoming more sought after and you'll be prepared for a career that incorporates multiple creative pathways, including:

  • Designing characters and environments for 2D and CGI/3D-animated projects
  • Scriptwriting, storyboarding and pre-visualisation
  • Illustration
  • Comics and Graphic art
  • Compositing
  • Matte painting
  • Visual effects
  • Motion capture
  • 2D, 3D and stop-motion animation
  • Production management.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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19 Jul 2021

Large contingent of Griffith athletes bound for Olympics

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16 Jul 2021

Exhibition honours Griffith’s first Aboriginal art graduate

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

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Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

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Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

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Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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