Bachelor of Interactive Media (Specialisation: 2D Animation)

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Kick start your career in digital media with AIT’s industry focused 2D Animation courses!

Some of the greatest stories ever told were the cartoons and animations that have stood the test of time. 2D story telling is loved the world over, for its simplicity, depth of character and creative possibilities. These days, 2D animation extends beyond the staples of Disney and childhood heroes. Japanese anime and manga are global phenomenons and 2D content is used in many avenues, including advertising, video games, web promotion and brand creation.
2D animation is for those who want to learn animation using traditional 2D techniques (but with modern tools). Students who take this path will have interests in things like drawing, character development, character animation, story and directing. Students will end up with a strong base of fundamental animating, and storytelling principles.

“ Ever since an early age I have been fascinated with drawing imaginative worlds and inhabiting them with characters and stories. I love animation because it allows me to bring those ideas to life and see worlds unfold on screen. The reason I chose AIT is because of its hands-on teaching, and the ability to have creative freedom with my work. It’s also great to be surrounded by friendly teachers and students that are so vibrant and
creative in their own ways.”
Tristan Sinnott, Bachelor of Interactive Media

The Bachelor of Interactive Media (2D Animation) 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 animation will give you the ability to build imaginary worlds and characters from the ground up. Beginning with concept art and creative drawing, you will illustrate original characters, give them 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 electives 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: Animation)

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 2D Animation
Year 2
Term 3 Digital Pathways Design Principles Digital Audio Design Motion Graphics
Term 4 Entertainment and Media Elective* Advanced 2D Animation Animation Production
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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Every year, AIT awards amazing students who demonstrate their extraordinary work ethic and talent when applying to study with us.

The initiAIT scholarship is for new undergraduate students commencing at AIT Bachelor Degree in the 2017 academic year. This scholarship is only available to domestic students. Recipients of this scholarship will be awarded an $8,000 discount off their tuition fees (50% applicable for their first term and 50% for their last term of their Bachelor Degree).

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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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