Design

Diploma of 3D Design and Animation

CRICOS 103343J
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Billy Blue College of Design

What is a Diploma of 3D Design and Animation?

A Diploma of 3D Design and Animation provides a base of knowledge around general 3D principles and practice, as well as an introduction to specialist areas in the field. You’ll study the basics of modelling, rigging, animation, texturing, lighting and composition. Completing a Diploma of 3D Design and Animation provides accreditation to continue studying or take on an entry-level position in the field. Please note that some specialised subjects may be delivered online only.
During the course, you'll develop a portfolio to show off your creative potential and help you start your career in the design sector. Under the mentorship of our academic team and industry partners you'll learn how to tell stories, bring characters and digital worlds to life and respond to client briefs. You'll also develop a theoretical and technical base of knowledge of general 3D principles and practice, along with an introduction to specialist areas within the field.

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Learning outcomes

  • Build a strong foundation of cutting-edge 3D principles and practice.
  • Learn the foundations of procedural modelling and animation from a Houdini-certified school.
  • Develop 3D skills and pipelines to work with game development and real-time animation workflows.
  • Work with industry-standard creative processes, advanced challenges and briefs.
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Free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence

You'll receive a free Adobe Creative Cloud Pro licence for the entire time you're studying Design with us.

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Houdini SideFX certified school

Gain free access to the award-winning industry-standard Houdini SideFX platform.

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Rookies-awarded school

We consistently appear in the Rookies World School Rankings, the international ranking of creative media and entertainment schools.

Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
18 months full time, 2 years part time, 12 months accelerated
Start date
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd T/A Billy Blue College of Design.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Learn from practicing animators
Our lecturers bring their professional experience into the classroom, with most being industry practitioners or running their own studios.

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Develop industry-ready skills
Get hands-on in professional studios, mastering the software and practices used to create 2D and 3D animations.

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Guaranteed pathway entry into a bachelor's degree
Take your credits and pathway directly into the second year of our bachelor's program.
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Career opportunities

The course is a stepping stone towards an exciting career in 3D design and animation as well as an entry point into one of our Bachelor degrees. You can find opportunities within a dedicated film or broadcast postproduction, animation, visual effects or game studio environment, or alternatively as an in-house specialist working for organisations in a range of industries.

Potential career paths

  • Concept Artist
    Average salary: $102,500
  • 3D Animator
    Average salary: $55,000 - $95,000
  • 3D Game Artist
    Average salary: $76,250 - $100,450
  • 3D Modeler
    Average salary: $76,250 - $100,450
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Billy Blue appealed to me with their small class sizes, friendly lecturers and beautiful campuses. There’s a strong sense of support and community that I haven’t felt anywhere else. You’ll always be given opportunities to grow and receive endless support from peers and lecturers.
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Diploma of Digital Media Design

Subjects and units

Delivered both on campus and online, this course comprises three core subjects and nine specialisation subjects, each subject requiring 10 hours of study per week; three hours facilitated and seven self-directed. Assessments may include activity-based assignments or online quizzes. There are no formal exams.

  • Core
  • Specialisations

Requirements

Complete three core subjects. Additionally, you're required to complete nine specialisation subjects from the specialisation tab.

Core subjects

  • Design Studio 1 | DSO102
  • Digital Design Foundations | DGDDD100
  • Design Studio 2 | DSO103

Requirements

Complete nine specialisation subjects.

Specialisation subjects

  • 2D Asset Creation | ACR101
  • 3D Asset Creation | ACR103
  • Game Design Principles | GDP102
  • Animation Principles | ANP100
  • Game Production Foundation | GPF104
  • Beyond the Creative Industries | BCI100
  • Work Integrated Learning | WIL100C
  • Digital Portfolio and Showreel | DPO100
  • Procedural Geometry and Workflow | PGW200

Technology

Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

Need more help?

Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.

Undergraduate

  • Diploma courses ( 2 options )
    • Diploma of Design

      CRICOS 094008C

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    • Diploma of 3D Design and Animation

      CRICOS 103343J

  • Bachelor of 3D Design and Animation

    CRICOS 103341M

    24 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    3 years full time, 6 years part time, 2 years accelerated

    Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

    View course

Postgraduate

  • Graduate Certificate of Design
    4 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    6 months full time, 1 year part time

    Complete just four subjects to expand your knowledge in a specific area, or take the first step towards your Masters.

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  • Master of Design
    9 core subjects
    Online | On campus | Blended
    Master of Design (Cognate) 1.5 years, Master of Design (Non-Cognate) 2 years full time, part time options available

    Become a specialist in your field, or take the first step towards your Doctorate degree.

    View course

Industry partners and Work‑Integrated Learning

The big difference at Billy Blue College of Design at Torrens University Australia is that you’ll start working in the design industry from day one – gaining valuable experience, learning from industry professionals and making industry connections.

Gain professional experience

Gain work experience as you complete an industry brief, putting your learnings into practice with guidance and mentoring from practicing professionals.
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Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

If you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Australian secondary school certificate, or equivalent

OR

Successful completion of a Vocational qualification (AQF Level 4), or above

OR

Successful completion of at least 0.25 EFTSL at AQF level 6, 0.5 EFTSL at AQF level 5 or above, or equivalent

OR

Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level which may include approval of prior study or successful completion of a readiness assessment.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.

Successful completion of at least 0.25 EFTSL at AQF level 6, 0.5 EFTSL at AQF level 5 or above, or equivalent

OR

Australian secondary school certificate, or equivalent Senior Secondary qualification, or Baccalaureate Diploma

Academic IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.0) or equivalent
OR alternative entry requirements may be available. Alternative entry may include assessment and approval of prior study, or successful completion of a readiness assessment. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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