Animation and Visual Effects are widely used in visual communication across a number of screen media platforms. This unit provides students with an introduction to the concepts associated with animation and visual effects. Students will explore the methods and approaches of the animation and visual effects industry in creating narrative works across a range of screen platforms.
In this unit, students will analyse animation and visual effects in film, television and online media texts. The unit will also investigate the history of animation and visual effects, inlcuding its historical significance in the film and television industry. Upon completion, students will be able to articulate and demonstrate how concepts and principles of animation and visual effects are effectively used in storytelling.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the significance of animation and visual effects as a communication tool and identify successful approaches;  
  2. Analyse and evaluate animation and visual effects in a range of screen media texts;  
  3. Investigate key concepts in motion theory and determine appropriate terminology;  
  4. Challenge and investigate issues in animation production.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Media journal based on focused topics 25%
Report Investigative research report 35%
Presentation Presentation and analysis of Animation and Visual Effects principles 40%

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