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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 degree 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.

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

Animation alumni create must-see kids TV

Griffith Film School animation alumni have created a hit new series for the ABC and BBC Worldwide, providing work for scores of young animation graduates in Brisbane. Bluey, which premiered on ABC Kids, follows the adventures of an adorable Blue Heeler pup.

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.

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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 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 24 February — Monday 24 February

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Includes study and exam period from Thursday 28 May to Friday 6 June.

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Friday 8 May — Saturday 9 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

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Monday 11 May — Thursday 14 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

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Wednesday 13 May — Thursday 14 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

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Thursday 21 May — Thursday 21 May

Cairns Youth and Careers Expo

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Monday 22 June — Wednesday 24 June

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Monday 29 June — Saturday 10 October

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Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

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On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

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