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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. Our program exemplifies the amazing technological age we’re living in, covering all the aspects of animated filmmaking. You’ll develop your own vision as an artist and animator, studying concept development, storyboarding, 2D and 3D character animation, 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.

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Study animation at Griffith

Learn from the world’s best

Access an exciting calendar of on-campus exhibitions, guest lectures, master classes and artist talks. Screen your work and collaborate with our 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, 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 the animation and visual effects industries. The essential theoretical and practical skills are comprehensively covered through majors in:

  • character animating
  • art direction
  • technical direction
  • streams in post production and VFX.
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. Work on projects for real clients through our commercial multimedia production arm, LiveLab, led by BAFTA award-winning creative director Richard Fabb.

LiveLab is currently working with local creators to produce global online content in the Queensland Creative Entrepreneurship Program, bringing together YouTube, the Queensland Government and LiveLab to offer content creators world-class skills.

Matthew Schofield

Queensland College of Art graduate

I completed my degree at QCA and now I’m working as the Supervising Storyboard Director on The Simpsons. I’ve been working for Film Roman for the last 14 years. Film Roman is the animation studio in the United States that handles the storyboards, designs and character layouts for The Simpsons. Just after graduating, I went to Sydney and secured a job at a small commercial studio. I made contacts in Los Angeles, and about a year later, I found myself with my first job in the American animation industry. I worked on ‘Quest for Camelot’ and ‘Iron Giant’ for Warner Brothers and ‘Prince of Egypt’ for Dreamworks before starting on The Simpsons. What I love about my job is that I get to influence the course of my favourite animated show. I’ve loved The Simpsons since I was a student at Griffith. To be able to watch the show and see my name in the opening credits, that was a dream come true.

Matthew Schofield

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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 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
  • Graphic art
  • Compositing
  • Matte painting
  • Visual effects

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Monday 3 July — Friday 22 September

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Tuesday 4 July — Wednesday 5 July

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Saturday 15 July — Sunday 16 July

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Tuesday 18 July — Tuesday 27 June

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Monday 24 July — Tuesday 27 June

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Monday 18 September — Friday 29 September

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Monday 30 October — Friday 2 February

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Our third teaching trimester runs from Monday 30 October 2017 to Friday 17 February 2018.

Monday 30 October — Friday 2 February

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Wednesday 15 November — Tuesday 27 June

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Wednesday 22 November — Tuesday 27 June

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