Animation at the VCA has a long-running, world-class reputation. We produce graduates who light up animated screens around the world, and we invite you to join our creative team.

Since 1968, Animation graduates of the VCA’s School of Film and Television have been keenly sought after to produce animated works for television series, short films and feature-length animations. Many also apply their animation skills to video art and installation, websites, games and educational programs.

This specialisation is based on practical exploration and development of animation screen production, and covers idea development, screenwriting, storyboarding, character design and expression, 2D, 3D, stop-motion, experimentation, motion effects, editing, the use of sound and music, as well as exposure to a wide range of relevant hardware and software.

In class you are challenged to respond to set problems, and pursue your own creative thinking to keep the material fresh and relevant to your own experience.

The Animation specialisation is taught in the School of Film and Television, a modern purpose-built building which houses sound stages, animation studios, rushes viewing rooms, editing and sound mixing suites along with 90 and 220-seat cinemas. The school’s resources include professional production equipment and comprehensive high definition digital vision and audio postproduction facilities.

Selection into this specialisation is talent-based and includes a test and, if you are selected, an interview. See details. 

The Animation specialisation is available only to domestic students.


Graduates of this specialisation may find employment in the following areas:

  • Animation for art and entertainment industries including film, television, community arts, site-specific scrrening installations, information and advertising, games, motion graphics and new developments in media and exhibition
  • Screenwriting for animation.


Subjects you could take in this major

  • Through a course of research, students undertake their year-long project under the guidance of their individual supervisor for presentation at the end of the academic year. The major project can consist of single defined project and/or contributions to a number of projects depending on the nature of the discipline. At the time of selection the written outline of the proposed major project or major field of study is submitted. This provides the framework for developing the lines of inquiry taken by the student and the final creative work outcome.

  • A weekly seminar that begins to introduce and examine the relationship between research and practice within the context of practice led research. This seminar acquaints students with a range of research methods and research paradigms, key issues and practical skills relevant to the creative arts. It assists students in refining their research question/proposal and developing a research methodology appropriate to their discipline and project. In the seminar research skills, techniques and methodologies are demonstrated both by instruction and example.

  • The research paper should identify and critically reflect on an issue persuasively presented as relevant to the candidate’s major project. It should demonstrate a capacity for critical investigation and discrimination and address context as well as identify pertinent thematic, technical, stylistic and formal issues. Students are expected to present aspects of their research to their peers and produce a 5 - 7,000 word research paper for examination at the completion of the year.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts

Clearly-in Rank 2018
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne entry

Access Melbourne allows eligible students to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. i

Minimum ATAR 2018
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You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.

Selection into the Bachelor of Fine Arts is talent-based. The selection process for each specialisation may include: Animation (test, interview and folio); Dance (audition and interview); Film and Television (test and interview); Music Theatre (audition); Production (statement, interview and workshop); Screenwriting (test and interview); Theatre Practice (audition, interview and workshop); Visual Art (interview and folio).

More information about the audition and selection process here.