Bachelor of Creative Arts
Visual Effects & Entertainment Design
2D STREAM
Applications Now Open 2024
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INSTRUCTOR | TIM MCBURNIE
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INSTRUCTOR | SIMON SCALES
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INSTRUCTOR | NED ROGERS
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STUDENT | HAMISH KENTWELL
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STUDENT | DANIEL MATIC

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If you are an artist who enjoys traditional or digital illustration, then the BCA-VEED 2D Stream is perfect for you.

2D Stream Overview

Kick start your career with the Flinders University & CDW Studios Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design) (BCA VEED). This award-winning, three year degree features industry instructors, live demonstrations and one-on-one industry feedback.

BCA VEED has four streams (like majors) of study, which allows the degree to be tailored to your interests. The 2D stream is perfect for those who are imaginative and creative, and are working toward a career in digital art, entertainment design or illustration. It includes core topics like the 2D Bootcamp, focusing on design and illustration fundamentals, along with electives that you can choose based on your key area of interest.

Every CDW Studios workshop is led by a world-class industry professional. These workshops include live demonstrations and are an opportunity to learn industry tips and tricks directly from those working in film and game industries. Students are encouraged to follow along as artists work through their creative process to stretch their skills. These artists also provide mentorship, support and guidance through your journey to becoming a professional digital artist.

Through this three year degree, we will equip you with the technical and creative skills you need to work effectively in a professional creative pipeline. You’ll learn what it takes to excel in the film and game industry, as a character designer, environment or prop designer, storyboard artist or even a 2D animator. On completion, you can also apply for the exclusive BCA VEED Honours program. This is an additional year of intensive study and mentorship to work on a personal project which can be pitched to studios.

SATAC CODE 284181

    Essential Information

    DURATION
    3 Years
    DELIVERY
    In Person & Online
    LANGUAGE
    English
    ENTRY
    Portfolio + Eligible Study Pathway
    INTAKE
    Semester 1Semester 2
    COMMITMENT PER WEEK
    18 Contact Hours + 15 non-contact
    BRING YOUR OWN
    Computer/laptop, software (student discounts apply)
    DOMESTIC STUDENTS
    Apply via SATAC
    HECS-HELP Available
    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
    Apply via Flinders

    You will need to use SATAC Code 284181 when applying.  We highly recommend you read our application process guidelines when preparing your application.

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    BCA-VEED Topic Guides

    BCA VEED is a three year degree, with a full time load including four top­ics each semester. It is delivered in partnership between Flinders University and CDW Studios. Students select CDW Stu­dios’ work­shops based on their study stream and specific area of interest. Below are complete topic guides for each of the four areas of study which will help you select your classes during the enrolment process.

    Get to know our instructors

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    Peter Yong
    Peter Yong
    CHARACTER & STORYBOARD ARTIST

    Storyboard artist, character designer and concept artist based in Adelaide, Australia. Peter has worked across the world for companies including Disney Toon Studios, Cartoon Network, Pandemic, Defiant and Blue Tongue Entertainment. He's most proud of his work on original platform video game Deblob 2.

    Storyboard artist, character designer and concept artist based in Adelaide, Australia. Peter has worked across the world for companies including Disney Toon Studios, Cartoon Network, Pandemic, Defiant and Blue Tongue Entertainment. He's most proud of his work on original platform video game Deblob 2.

    Simon Scales
    Simon Scales
    CONCEPT ARTIST

    Simon is the founder and Director of CDW Studios. He has been working in the industry for over 15 years as an illustrator, environment designer, matte painter and concept artist. Clients include THQ, EA Games, LEGO, Mighty Kingdom, Animal Logic, Warner Bros and TT Games. His focus is now about creating a world-class education facility in Adelaide, Australia.

    Simon is the founder and Director of CDW Studios. He has been working in the industry for over 15 years as an illustrator, environment designer, matte painter and concept artist. Clients include THQ, EA Games, LEGO, Mighty Kingdom, Animal Logic, Warner Bros and TT Games. His focus is now about creating a world-class education facility in Adelaide, Australia.

    Simon Scales
    Bryan Lee
    CHARACTER & CONCEPT ARTIST

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    Concept artist, illustrator and teacher, Bryan graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked for THQ, Amaze Entertainment, Otis College of Art and Design, Concept Design Academy and Pic1 Studio, among others.

    Simon Scales
    Cody Foreman
    ENVIRONMENT CONCEPT ART

    Cody is a Concept Artist specialising in environment design for video games based in Adelaide, Australia. Previous clients include, Lionsgate, Ready At Dawn, Facebook (Meta), Adglobe Montreal and Tripwire Interactive.

    He has worked on various unannounced titles but most recently shipping Lone Echo 2.

    Cody is a Concept Artist specialising in environment design for video games based in Adelaide, Australia. Previous clients include, Lionsgate, Ready At Dawn, Facebook (Meta), Adglobe Montreal and Tripwire Interactive.

    He has worked on various unannounced titles but most recently shipping Lone Echo 2.

    Ned Rogers
    Ned Rogers
    SENIOR CONCEPT ARTIST

    Adelaide based concept designer and illustrator. Currently Art Director at CDW Animation. Previous clients and employers include Monkeystack, Bosskey, Technicolour, Wizards of the Coast, 20th Century Fox and Legendary and Ridley Scott Associates. Specialises in pre-production pitch design, world building and environment design.

    Ned is an Adelaide based concept designer and illustrator who has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 7 years. He specialises in pre-production pitch design, world building and environment design. His clients include Bosskey, Technicolour, Wizards of the Coast, 20th Century Fox and Legendary and Ridley Scott Associates. Throughout his classes Ned focuses on the fundamentals of idea development for film, games and animation and efficient visual storytelling as well as the core concepts of draftsmanship and design.

    Tim McBurnie
    Tim McBurnie
    ILLUSTRATOR & CONCEPT ARTIST

    Tim is a freelance concept designer, illustrator and author based in Australia, specializing in character design and story development. He has worked in the French comic book market as well as animation and video games. His client list includes companies such as Editions Delcourt, Gunfire Games, Animal Logic, Ankama, Blur studios, Blizzard Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast.

    Tim is a freelance concept designer, illustrator and author based in Australia, specializing in character design and story development. He has worked in the French comic book market as well as animation and video games. His client list includes companies such as Editions Delcourt, Gunfire Games, Animal Logic, Ankama, Blur studios, Blizzard Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast.

    Tim is a freelance concept designer, illustrator and author based in Australia, specializing in character design and story development. He has worked in the French comic book market as well as animation and video games. His client list includes companies such as Editions Delcourt, Gunfire Games, Animal Logic, Ankama, Blur studios, Blizzard Entertainment, and Wizards of the Coast.

    CDW Studios values having Tim as a teacher and mentor to our students, sharing his unique wealth of knowledge, helping to develop design skills and a strong work ethic. Tim’s best advice when asked on how to improve is to simply ‘draw more’.

    DM Cornish
    D.M Cornish
    AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

    D. M. Cornish is an award winning fantasy author and illustrator of the Monster Blood Tattoo book series.

    David has also worked as an illustrator on numerous children's books and within the advertising industry for the past 20 years. David teaches our instructed figure drawing workshop and also teaches, Character Design, Illustration and Bootcamp workshops.

    D. M. Cornish is the award winning fantasy author and illustrator of the four volume Monster Blood Tattoo book series.

    David has also worked as an illustrator on numerous children's books and within the advertising industry for the past 20 years. David teaches our instructed figure drawing workshop and also teaches, Character Design, Illustration and Bootcamp workshops.

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    Degree Features

    • International Masterclasses

    Every year, renowned pro­fes­sion­als from across the globe share their exper­tise through CDW Stu­dios’ International Masterclasses. These are FREE for current BCA VEED students and continue to be discounted after graduating.

    • HECS-HELP Financing

    BCA VEED is delivered through a partnership between CDW Studios and Flinders University, who are a Commonwealth supported provider. This means eligible domestic students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan, rather than pay for the degree up front (PAYG).

    • Discounted Activities & Events

    All BCA VEED students receive discounts to CDW Studios uninstructed life drawing sessions, holiday workshops, online short courses, international masterclasses and special events.

    • Studio Experience

    We provide opportunities for students to work alongside the team at our sister studio, CDW Animation. This is an opportunity for our top students to build their professional portfolio and be mentored one-on-one by our team of industry artists in a hands-on studio environment.

    • Student Study Areas

    There are designated student areas at all Flinders and CDW Studios sites with kitchen and wifi facilities for self-directed study. These spaces also allow students to discuss projects, brainstorm creative ideas and solve technical issues together.

    • Sketch Club

    Sketch Club is a group run by students for students. It’s an official Flinders University club, where students get together for student-led workshops, movie days, study meetups, to provide opportunities for peer review and continue to build our strong student community.

    Alumni Experiences

    Jonathan Wenberg
    Jonathan Wenberg
    Concept Artist
    I chose CDW Studios because I wanted a career in visual development. In my opinion there is no better way to learn than to learn from the Pros who can teach you the skill and the realities of working in the entertainment industry. Since I arrived at CDW I have grown not only as an artist but as a person as well. I’ve met friends that inspire and motivate me every day.
    Ethan McKenna
    Ethan McKenna
    Concept Artist
    My time at Flinders University and CDW Studios has been incredibly valuable. I've learnt countless skills both technical and conceptual, which has prepared me to take my knowledge and personal artistic touch into the industry.
    Katherine de Groot
    Katherine de Groot
    Junior Concept Artist
    Flinders University and CDW Studios have given me a glimpse into the workings of the industry and what is required to become a professional artist. Before coming here I had no idea how the industry works but now I have a clear idea of what is needed to achieve my goals.
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    Speak with a CDW Advisor

    CDW Studios is committed to helping you find the most appropriate educational path to meet your goals. Our advisors are artists who are trained to provide artistic feedback and suggest the best plan of action based on your individual situation.

    Advice is available via phone, Skype, or on campus appointments. To schedule a tour and/​or appoint­ent, contact us and an advi­sor will contact you shortly.