Raffles College of Design and Commerce, Sydney, Australia
Intakes: January and July
Duration: 3 Years (Full-time)



Fantastical monsters crash through skyscrapers, other worldly superheroes dash between cars swerving out of the way, a princess flies out of her tower carrying a surprised prince over a vast landscape of mountains and magical forests, and the city you live in morphs into a cartoon bursting with bright colours and funky graphics. Imagination is the limit in animation; anything we dream up can be created if we use the right tools and skills.

With a Raffles animation course, you’ll learn how to bring stories to life like the greats of Disney, Miyazaki and Pixar.

Animation is an evolving field. At Raffles, you’ll learn techniques developed by the masters of traditional animation and you’ll put them into practise using the very latest digital tools.

You’ll have room to experiment with methods tried and tested as well as explore new techniques that are still being developed and perfected. Whether it’s a movie, a game or a projection mapping piece, 2D and 3D animation is sure to have an essential role to play in it.

You’re a dreamer, a doodler, an animated film fanatic, or a skilled artist who’s always been fascinated by the leap from still to motion.

The animation industry is one of the most exciting and fastest growing industries in the world; so if you have a creative flair and a curious mind, you will enjoy the adventure that this course will take you on.

Working in small groups will teach you real-world skills, like how to work quickly and competently as part of a production team. Our teachers work in the industry, so you will benefit from their experience and first-hand knowledge of the workplace in the animation realm.

You will use the latest animation software, in an environment purpose-built to nurture your creativity. You’ll also learn higher-level skills that you can transfer across media and as the technology develops.

We partner with big names in the industry, who like to pick their newest recruits from within our Digital Media department. You’ll join a cohort of students who are regularly offered internships and placement in some of Australia’s top digital media studios.

With a Bachelor of Arts (visual communication) majoring in Animation, you could be involved in feature films, TV, visual effects, or creating simulations and visualisations for online content, mobile devices and games consoles.

You might have titles like:

  • Producer
  • Concept Artist
  • Animation director
  • Story board artist
  • Animator
  • 3D modeler
  • Visual effects supervisor
  • Motion graphics artist

The Bachelor of Arts (Visual Communication) majoring in Animation is a full-time, 3-year degree available at our Parramatta campus.






Intakes: January, April, July and October
Duration: 2 Years (Full-time)


Coventry University, UK
Intakes: January, April, July and October
Duration: 1 Year (Full-time)


  • Raffles Singapore



The course gives students the creative and technical knowledge and skills they need to become professionals in the animation industry. The emphasis is placed on the design and production aspects of 2D and 3D animation, including life drawing as well as background and character design.

To enhance their competitive edge in the digital age, students learn to use state-of-the-art editing equipment in pre-production, production and post-production. They also acquire skills for creating moving imagery and special effects, which are currently in demand in the local and international film media and entertainment industries.

I. Coventry University

Illustration & Animation is a practice-based course with creative, critical, reflective and technical skills developed in the studio and enhanced by pertinent academic writing. Teaching is informed by staff research, practice and expertise. Students are actively encouraged to be imaginative, ambitious and resourceful to face the challenges of an unpredictable, demanding, globally-competitive and technologically-driven world.

Sound pedagogic practice mixed with imaginative delivery and assessment methods will enable students to produce personal and expressive portfolios that demonstrate creative agility and technical prowess. Students will be helped to develop the necessary creativity, critical reflection, questioning, understanding, theoretical underpinning and practical skills to pursue successful professional careers in both home and international contexts.

Students are taught the shared values and skills that underpin illustration and animation practice whilst having the opportunity to develop a portfolio that focuses on a specific area of creative practice from within the spectrum of illustration and animation.

The course is distinguished by an emphasis on story-telling, character-creation and the development of a professional ethos. Students are supported by access to industry-standard software, workshops and studio environments. Typical graduate portfolios might include complete books, comics, animations and films in a range of technologies and media from a mix of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national / international competition opportunities, and live project briefs. Students are allowed to define their own trajectory, subject to staff approval and may decide to specialize in either print or moving image based projects, so are not limited to a single medium. Typical graduate portfolios might include complete books, comics, animations and films in a range of technologies and media from a mix of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national / international competition opportunities, and live project briefs. The course’s blend of illustration and animation skill sets gives it both discipline- and industry-relevance, deftly anticipating emerging markets and trends.

Recruits generally have an aptitude for image making, observational drawing and story-telling; however, those with different backgrounds and arresting portfolios backed up by a convincing rationale will certainly be considered.

Staff research, practice and expertise feed into the course's qualities and characteristics. These chime with the University's Mission Statement to provide outward-facing research with impact, to provide high-quality teaching, and to be dynamic, global and enterprising.

Situated at the very heart of Asia, Singapore is home to internationally recognized animation studios and a thriving multicultural setting in which to explore new cultures and art forms, making it an excellent choice of where to study illustration and animation.

Areas of employment include:

  • Art/Film Director
  • TV Commercial Producer/Director
  • Animation Artist
  • Post-production Editor
  • 3D Modeler
  • Effects Animator
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • Concept Artist
  • Character Animator/Rigger
  • Visual Development Artist
  • Forensic Animator
  • Texture Artist
  • Storyboard Artist