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Animation, Games and Visual Effects

Our courses will help you bring your ideas to life. 

Animators, visual effects artists and digital creatives are highly sought after to support the increasing demand for digital content. Become versed in an array of digital skills including; digital art, 2D animation, 3D modelling and animation, storytelling, and audio production. Courses are offered at our Joondalup and Perth campuses: each campus offers specialty skills focus.

Our Perth studios are based in the creative Perth Cultural Centre in the heart of Northbridge. The courses offered here are focused on creating digital art for the entertainment industry. You'll learn how to create Concept Art, 2D and 3D character animation, digital character sculpting, modelling and rigging, world building and asset creation for animated films and games. The courses are delivered in a practical learning environment, using the latest industry standard software such as Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter, Unity and Unreal Engine. In the Advanced Diploma qualification, you may choose to specialise in either Animation or Games Design. As a graduate, you'll  be equipped to be competitive in the local, national and global market, using the same software tools and work practices employed by top animation and games studios all over the world.

If creating animation films or TV series, or awesome visual effects for live action blockbusters, then then Animation and Visual Effects at our Joondalup studios is the place to be. You will train in specialised PC labs including a state-of-the-art motion capture suite. You’ll develop the latest skills in 2D and 3D animation, visual effects (VFX) and post-production, storyboarding, design, creative writing and audio production. 
As an Advanced Diploma student, you will work on feature films and TV series for major production houses such as Netflix, Warner Bros, Hulu and Disney, gaining real-world experience, an amazing portfolio and actual credits on feature films.

Please note we have further Animation and Games courses available under Film, TV and Radio Broadcasting (Media).

Shine 2021

This is your chance to see the best of our talented final year animation and games students for 2021 from NMTAFE studies in art and design. Here are just a few examples.

Natalia Monroy
Forest pool, 2021

Ying Pung
Dickensian scene, 2021

Follow these links for a comprehensive collection of student and staff work.

Course list

National ID: CUA30620
State ID: BGS9
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Arts and Cultural Administration

Working in or want to work in the creative industries or tourism sectors then gain the business skills to further your career working behind the scenes.

From galleries to information desks, from museums to theatres, you'll gain the business skills you need to complement your knowledge of the arts or tourism.

If you are working in or would like to work in the creative industries or tourism sectors this course helps you gain business skills to further your career working behind the scenes.

This broad based program covers aspects of administration to help you on your way to a career working in galleries, museums, studios, tourism bureaus, theatres or art and design retail outlets.

You could also be working in local council information bureaus or markets.

Our Certificate III in Arts Administration and Cultural Administration program is delivered as a one year employer-based traineeship, and North Metropolitan TAFE is the only TAFE from Albany to Geraldton to offer this qualification. You will receive training in the workplace, allowing you to you earn and learn at the same time. Completion of this course will open up pathways to further study or employment in the creative industries or tourism fields. 

Certificate III
National ID: CUA20220
State ID: BGT7
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate II in Creative Industries

A taster course in all things media and digital media related

Gain foundation skills in camera operation, editing, writing content and scripts, and producing your ideas with this Certificate II.

Open your eyes to a world of colour and creativity

The need for innovative thinkers in the media industry is growing. Jump start your creative career pathway and improve your employability skills.

Our Certificate II in Creative Industries gives you the opportunity to 'try before you buy' the different areas of film and television and it is a great introduction to all things media and digital media related.

This course is only offered in semester one of each year.

On completion of this course, if you continue with your studies you could also find yourself on a path to becoming a:

  •    Camera Operator
  •    Producer
  •    Editor
  •    Cinematographer
  •    Director
  •    Writer
Certificate II
State ID: EAC92
Industry Creative Industries

Product Development and Release Skill Set

Create and present a completed work of digital art

This could be 2D or 3D digital art, 2D/3D animation, or a game. You will gain a well-developed command of materials, process and technique.

Create and present a completed work of digital art

In this skill set you will produce a digital art project of your choice facilitated by a lecturer acting as your 'producer'. Your project may be 2D or 3D digital art, 2D/3D animation, or a game.

You will be coached in finishing your work to a professional standard and setting up your own brand and identity. You will gain a well-developed command of materials, process and technique; and present your work to the public. The final presentation may be physical or virtual/online, and will attempt to establish a market for your product.

This skill set follows the Studio Production Environment Skill Set.

Skill set
National ID: CUA41220
State ID: AC82
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation & Game Art)

A gateway to the creative world of animation and games art

Through this entry-level course you'll gain a range of skills in designing and producing digital art, animation and games and will be engaged in real life animation challenges. You will be introduced to 3D modelling, digital art, animation and game design using industry standard software.

Enter the gateway to the creative world of animation and games art

Through this entry-level course you'll gain a range of skills in designing and producing digital art, animation and games and will be engaged in real life animation challenges. You’ll gain art and design skills that will put you on the path to be competitive in the global entertainment industry.

Through this qualification you will be introduced to 3D modeling, digital art, animation and game design using industry standard software. The skills and knowledge you'll gain from this certificate will put you on the right track to gaining an exciting and satisfying career in animation and you'll also be equipped to continue with your studies with North Metropolitan TAFE's Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Games Art).

Certificate IV
National ID: CUA51020
State ID: AC83
Industry Creative Industries

Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation & Game Art)

Professional training for digital artists

This 100% practical course prepares you for work in a variety of industries including entertainment, advertising, architecture, visualisation and content creation for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Professional training for digital artists

This course represents the pipeline of digital animation and games art production and covers the industry-leading tools being used, such as Maya, ZBrush, Unity, Photoshop, After Effects, Substance Painter and Toon Boom Harmony.

Our goal is to deliver practical quality Computer Generated (CG) training to help you become the best artist you can be. You could find work, not just in the entertainment industries but also in advertising, architecture, visualisation and content creation for Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Diploma
National ID: CUA60620
State ID: AC88
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects)

Last step! Experience and polish for the Animation and Visual Effects industry

This high-level course focusses on gaining the experience and portfolio to get employed in the Animation and Visual Effects industry.

The Animation and Visual Effects industry awaits

This twelve-month course is the last stage on your pathway towards a career in Animation and Visual Effects. This course is designed for students who have completed the CUA51020-AC87 – Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects) or university media graduates.

A large proportion of this course has you working in a studio environment on real professional productions for industry including TV series and feature films. You’ll also highly refine your skills in 3D animation, 2D animation, sound, and writing
You will learn new skills in pre-visualization and virtual production, and undertake the process of developing an idea and pitching it.
Graduates take with them a high-level showreel comprising of AAA level work, feature film credits, experience working with real production clients, and the skills and confidence to work in the Animation and Visual Effects industry.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: CUA41220
State ID: AC86
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects)

Your career in Animation and Visual Effects starts here!

This six-month course is the first stage on your pathway towards a career in Animation and Visual Effects.

This intermediate level course develops skills in 3D modelling and animation, 2D animation, Visual Effects, Composition & Storyboarding, Sound, and Writing.
You'll start to understand what it takes to work in the entertainment and digital media industry as you discover your creative talent.

Upon completion you will have gained the necessary skills to be ready to enter the next stage: CUA51020-AC87 – Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects).
 

Certificate IV
National ID: CUA51020
State ID: AC87
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital

Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects)

Your journey towards a career in the Animation and Visual Effects industry continues!

This twelve-month course is the second stage on your pathway towards a career in Animation and Visual Effects.

Become a confident entry level animator

Continuing on from the CUA41220-AC86 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects) you will further refine your skills in 3D animation, 2D animation, post production and visual effects, sound, and writing.
You will be introduced to Real-time rendering and Virtual environments using the Unreal game engine, you'll also gain skills to prepare you for working as an artist in the industry, and undertake your first animation production in a team environment.
Upon completion you will be ready to enter the next stage: CUA60620-AC88 – Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects).

New students who have not studied the course that precedes this qualification should contact the area to ensure they apply for the correct level of study.

Diploma
National ID: CUA31020
State ID: AC89
Industry Creative Industries

Certificate III in Screen and Media (Animation)

Get a taste for the creative world of Animation and Visual Effects.

This six-month course is designed to provide you with a taste of the different creative skillsets in the world of Animation, Digital Media and Visual Effects.

Get a taste of animation and visual effects

This course is an introduction to the world of Animation, Digital Media and Visual Effects.
Learn basic skills in: 3D modelling, 2D animation, digital art, post production, sound and writing. The basic skills you will learn will provide the core building blocks to continue your training pathway towards a career in Animation and Visual Effects.

Upon completion you will be ready to enter the next stage: CUA41220-AC86 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation and Visual Effects) or CUA41220-AC82 - Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Animation and Game Art).

Certificate III
National ID: CUA60620
State ID: AC84
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Digital Art & Animation)

Gain high-end practical skills in concept art, 3D modelling, animation and visual effects

This practical course is art-focused and will develop your creative capabilities. You'll benefit from our strong industry connections

This Advanced Diploma qualification is art-focussed and provides you with high-end practical skills in concept art, 3D modelling, animation and rigging. Classes cover concept design and pre-viz to modelling, rigging, texturing, and 2D and 3D animation. By the end of the course you will have created a showreel of work, and a short animated film.

After completing this course you'll be equipped to be competitive in the global market, using the same software and work practices employed by top animation, VFX and games studios all over the world.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: CUA60620
State ID: AC85
Industry Creative Industries

Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (Game Art & Design)

Build the environments, characters and the vehicles/props for games

This Advanced Diploma offers hands-on artistic and technical training in game art. It delves into designing games and scripting game interactions.

Let your artistic skills take you to the next level

Game artists build the environments, characters and the vehicles/props for games.

As well as providing hands-on artistic and technical training in game art, this Advanced Diploma delves into designing games and scripting game interactions. You'll benefit from our strong industry connections and have the opportunity to showcase your work to many of the largest studios in Perth at the end of year Expo. By the end of this course you'll have created a showreel of work and produced a game of your own.

You will be equipped to be competitive in the global market, using the same software and work practices employed by top games and animation studios all over the world.

Advanced Diploma
State ID: EAC93
Industry Creative Industries

Studio Production Environment Skill Set

Enhance your digital skills

This skill set is aimed at graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media (Animation/Games Art) who are wanting to specialise. It is designed to help you be more competitive in marketing yourself and finding employment.

Take your digital skills to the next level

This skill set is for graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Screen & Media (Animation/Games Art) or equivalent, who are looking to specialise in a particular area of interest such as game development, 2D or 3D digital art, animation and/or visual effects. It is designed to help you be more competitive in marketing yourself, to find employment and to work in  a chosen field. 

You'll undertake self-guided learning activities to facilitate skill development for a particular project of your choosing. For example, you may choose to develop a comic, animation, game, 3D character or VFX sequence. You'll have access to industry standard software and hardware, and be mentored by an experienced lecturer.

Skill set
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