Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Digital Compositing and Visual Effects explores the processes and techniques for creating optical and digital effects with all forms of digital media, using still and moving images. This course encourages experimentation and exploration of digital image making skills using a variety of compositing tools to create new and engaging visuals in film, photography, motion graphics and animation applications.

Student projects may involve work integrated or research integrated learning opportunities; projects that involve external stakeholders; group/collaborative projects; speculative or more theoretically oriented projects; professionally oriented projects; projects based on competition or award briefs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Analyse and breakdown professional compositing examples

2. Create visual elements suitable for compositing as optical and visual effects

3. Create workflows and pipelines for compositing

4. Create digital images and effects that explore both experimental and conventional digital and optical techniques


Fundamentals of compositing

Layers, masks and mattes

Keyframes and animation

Pre-production and post-production planning

Designing for visual effects

Analysing and contextualising visual effects

Optical effects


Students must have successfully completed at least 40 units at the 2000 level to enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed students will have a basic knowledge of digital image manipulation software for either still or moving images.

Assessment items

Journal: Journal 20%

Project: Project 1 30%

Project: Project 2 30%

Presentation: Presentation 20%

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 2 Weeks starting in week 1

Weeks 1 and 7


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 2

Weeks 2-6 and weeks 8-12

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.