The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


3D animation is an important part of the entertainment, design and IT industries. Modelling, lighting and special effects are all integral to understanding how to design and animate in a 3D environment. This course emphasises the design and implementation of 3D animation in a variety of media contexts. The course focuses on understanding 3D tools and workflows to integrate 3D animations and models into digital projects.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): INFT3302. Students who have successfully completed INFT3302 are not eligible to enrol in DESN2803.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Design and create animation using 3D animation tools

2. Design and create 3D models

3. Understand the role of 3D animation in a variety of media contexts


1. Basic capabilities and limitations of animation tools

2. 3D animation in context

3. Rigging

4. Design and construction of 3D models

5. Modelling techniques

6. Texturing

7. Lighting

8. Rendering

9. Particle systems and dynamics

10. Compositing

Assessment items

Project: Projects

Presentation: Presentations

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks