Bachelor of Interactive Media (Specialisation: 3D Design)

Study 3D Animation at AIT Sydney & Melbourne

Kick start your career in digital media with AIT’s industry focused 3D Animation courses!

As technology advances, the industry need for qualified 3D artists grows. 3D content is used to tell stories, create characters and portray digital worlds that would otherwise only be part of the imagination. 3D artists work in advertising, video game production, online content creation and web development. 3D software such as Z brush, Maya and 3DSMax will be the tools at your disposal. Along the way, you will learn to create content for the exciting growing industries of VR, VFX and Virtual 3D worlds. 3D Design ensures students have a solid grounding in 3D modelling and animation techniques. It will introduce students to the 3D workflow or ‘pipeline’, multiple softwares and associated skills like lighting, and texturing will be covered. Students will be able to create models for a number of contexts including games and dramas.

“I’m an International student and currently studying Animation at AIT. I have been studying in Australia for four years and AIT is by far the best place to hone 3D animation skills using Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, Maya. I’m also interested in sculpting 3D models with Zbrush. My passion is Animation, both traditional and CGI; and sci-fi films. I also read some graphic novels and comics. What I like about AIT is that it’s a small but efficient college. The people are friendly and are very supportive. AIT has provided everything I need in order to become a digital artist.”
Liem Nguyen, Bachelor of Interactive Media

The Bachelor of Interactive Media (3D Design) is a three-year (or two-year accelerated) degree with a hands-on focus, supplementing theory with practical experience in a wide range of digital media. Flexibility means you have the opportunity to electivise your study, building a broad knowledge base while learning key animation techniques such as 2D animation, creative drawing, movement, concept art, lighting and rendering.

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Course Overview

Your specialisation in 3D Design will give you the ability to build imaginary worlds and characters from the ground up. Beginning with concept art and storyboards, you will illustrate original characters, give them 3D dimensions, bones for movement, render textured skin and bring them to life! Beyond that, you’ll craft explorable environments, create realistic special effects and use motion capture to bring new dimensions to your work.

Our wide selection of interactive media subjects means you will combine these techniques with a range of skills across the digital sphere. Merge animation with traditional film making by rendering large crowd scenes. Give smooth motion to Flash games. Bring company logos to life online. Everything at AIT is designed to get you ready for a variety of roles in the digital industry.

Undertake a course of 24 subjects – 16 core and 8 electives based on your specialisation. You will have 16 hours a week contact time with teachers and fellow students in addition to personal project development time.

Our courses are outcome-focused, with specific subjects relating to the construction of a portfolio and social media branding. We place an emphasis on finding work after graduation and give you the opportunity for industry internships in your final year.

Subject Units – Bachelor of Interactive Media (Specialisation: 3D Design)

Note: Class choices are flexible, and subject to change based on your preferences. AIT has roughly 60 digital media subjects for you to choose from.

Year 1
Term 1 Digital Storytelling Creative Drawing Shooting and Editing Animation
Term 2 Screen language Digital Images Game Design Intro to 3D Animation
Year 2
Term 3 Digital Pathways Design Principles Digital Audio Design 2D Interactivity
Term 4 Entertainment and Media Elective* Virtual Worlds Game Development
Year 3
Term 5 Decoding Media Elective Elective Elective
Term 6 The Forge The Forge The Forge The Launchpad
When you complete your Bachelor of Interactive Media through AIT, you have all the prerequisites required to apply for entry into any Australian university’s Masters program that’s relevant to your specialisation in animation.

Beyond the obvious opportunities at big international animation houses like Pixar and Dreamworks, there are plenty of places where a skilled animator is welcomed. Visual effects now make up a major portion of the media we consume, whether that’s on the big screen in a cinema or a pop-up ad in our internet browser. The advertising industry uses a lot of animations, from friendly aliens selling insurance to wacky animals promoting breakfast cereal, and seemingly unrelated industries such as architecture and education often make use of animators’ skill sets.

Every time you see one of those pop-ups on TV to tell you what’s coming up, or an information visualisation with a voice-over that explains a complex topic, someone was paid to create it. Once you start looking, you’ll see animations all around you!

Career animators often don’t complete the whole process within a work, instead specialising in a particular step along the production pipeline. You might find yourself working as a character designer, storyboard artist or compositor.

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Meet Our Students

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Nikkita ArcherBIM (Animation)
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Upcoming Events

This interactive seminar is a great way to get further information on our curriculum, course requirements, study pathways, and talk to our friendly staff & students.
Upcoming Sessions Sydney:
  • Thursday 5 January 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 23 January 6pm-8pm
Upcoming Sessions Melbourne:
  • Thursday 5 January 6pm-8pm
  • Monday 18 January 6pm-8pm
Keen to learn skills in creative drawing, 3D modelling, game design, film editing, digital design or app development? Join us at the Academy of Information Technology for a FREE one-day workshop so you can explore your creative potential.
Upcoming Sessions Sydney:
  • Saturday 21 January (9:30am – 4pm)
  • Saturday 18 February (9:30am – 4pm)
Upcoming Sessions Melbourne
  • Saturday 28 January (9:30am – 4pm)
  • Saturday 25 February (9:30am – 4pm)

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