• Offered by School of Art and Design
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Visual Arts
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Creative Arts
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Amr Tawfik
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course introduces students to the ‘animation machine’ - that is, the essential structures, techniques and processes developed throughout the long history of animation and applied in artistic, research and professional contexts. This gives students a firm theoretical and technical foundation for working and experimenting independently with the possibilities of the moving image. Instruction will be through practical workshops and project-based assignments that will explore the aesthetics and methods of both analogue and digital processes. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. apply fundamental skills in animation in response to workshop briefs;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the expressive and experimental possibilities of animation;
  3. recognise relationships between concept and process in the production of animation; and
  4. engage with historical, contemporary and theoretical contexts relevant to animation.

Other Information

School of Art and Design studio courses have a limited enrolment capacity. Students are advised to enrol as early as possible to maximise the opportunity of securing a place.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Portfolio of Studio Work (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research Documentation (20) [LO 2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks comprising lectures, tutorials, critiques and supervised studio practice; and

b) 82 hours of independent studio practice, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: ARTV6613, DART1100, ARTV1011, ARTV1103, ARTV1104, ARTV2615 or ARTV6000.

Prescribed Texts

As published on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

Maureen Furness. 2008. The Animation Bible! A Guide to Everything - From Flipbooks to Flash. Maureen Furness, Laurence King Publishing: London.

Richard Williams. 2001. The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles and Formulas. Faber and Faber: London.

Lev Manovich. 2013. Software Takes Command, Bloomsbury: UK


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4591 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View

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