Associate Degree of Animation
SAE Creative Media Institute - Brisbane

Course outline

SAE Animation graduates have been involved with many creative media companies, including Big Ant Studios, The Voxel Agents, Trickster Games, CSIRO, Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Ignition Studios, VR Solutions, Chroma, Buzinga, Firemonkeys, Learning Seat, Thales Australia, Visual Playground and Iloura.

Students who undertake animation courses at SAE build their expertise in all facets of animation, from concept character animation, visual storytelling and 3D modelling through to visual effects, motion graphics and production. They gain industry knowledge, use advanced animation tools and collaborate across disciplines to produce real-world applications.

Areas of study: 2D and 3D character animation,3D modeling, texturing and shaders, realtime and offline rendering, drawing and composition, production for screen and games, computer-generated visual effects, animation, media and cultural studies, histories and theories, project management, business and leadership skills, employability skills in screen industry contexts, screen industry best practices.


Duration is one and a quarter years full-time. Part-time study available for eligible applicants (excluding international student visa holders).
SAE has a range of approaches to learning and teaching that can be activated to provide flexibility in the face of changing circumstances as required, to support student progression regardless of external factors.

Fee notes

Full course.

Admissions Criteria

For additional information about the admissions criteria for SAE Creative Media Institute and for this course, refer to Entry Requirements on SAE’s website.


Completion of Year 12 or attained age 17 years; Interview

Additional entry requirements

SAE will contact applicants to arrange an interview. For information about the interview, contact SAE Brisbane on 1800 723 338.

Minimum Selection thresholds (ATAR/Selection Rank) for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022
ATAR/Selection Rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR/Selection Rank for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the ATAR/Selection Rank profile, please visit ATAR/Selection Rank profile explained.

Excluding: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made, excluding adjustment factors.
Including: The lowest ATAR/Selection Rank to which an offer was made including any adjustment factors that may have been applied.

Student Profile by Applicant background for semester/trimester/term 1, 2022

For more information about the Student profile, please visit Student profile explained.


Contact the institution for information.

Career opportunities

3D Generalist, Character Artist, 2D and/or 3D Animator, Media Industry Specialist, Motion Graphics Designer, Concept Artist, Storyboard Artist, 3D Asset Modeller, 3D Character Modeller, Junior Rigging TD, Surfacing Artist, Junior Lighting TD, Production Coordinator, Junior Assembly & Layout Artist.

Course Code
Start Date

Offer rounds
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Level of Qualification
Associate Degree
Study Area
Creative and Performing Arts
Study Mode
Full time, Part time
Course Duration

11/4 years Full time or 21/2 years Part time