Bachelor of Creative Arts
Visual Effects & Entertainment Design
2D STREAM
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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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2D Stream Topic Guide

The Bachelor of Creative Arts – Visual Effects & Entertainment Design (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 is a breakdown of the BCA-VEED Curriculum using Flinders codes and the corresponding CDW Workshop(s).  For further information, visit the Flinders University website.

Semester One

Topic 1

COMS1001

Academic and Professional Communication

Delivered by Flinders University


OR


VEED1003

Essential Multimedia

Delivered by Flinders University

Topic 2

VEED1400

Digital Fundamentals 1

 

BOOTCAMP

includes:

3D Animation
3D Anatomy (Sculpting)
2D Perspective

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 3

VEED1402

Core Studio 1

Select one of the following workshops*:

Character Design 1 (2D)
Creature Design 1 (2D/3D)
Digital Painting 1 (2D)
3D Modelling 1 (3D)
3D Animation 1 (3D)
Matte Painting 1 (VFX)

* These are offered again in VEED1403 (Semester 2). You will take two of these over the year. You cannot take the same workshop twice.

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 4

CREA1001

Introduction to the creative arts

Delivered by Flinders University

Semester Two

Topic 1

VEED1003

Essential Multimedia

Delivered by Flinders University


OR


COMS1001

Academic and Professional Communication

Delivered by Flinders University

Topic 2

VEED1401

Digital Fundamentals 2

 

BOOTCAMP 2D

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 3

VEED1403

Digital Principles 1

Select one of the following workshops*:

Character Design 1 (2D)
Digital Painting 1 (2D)
Creature Design 1 (2D/3D)
3D Modelling 1 (3D)
3D Animation 1 (3D)
Matte Painting 1 (VFX)

* Do not select the same workshop you chose last semester in VEED1402.

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 4

Level 1 Option Topic / See Table Below

Level 1 Elective/Option Topics

Semester Two Only

Any VEED/SCME Level 1 Option Topic from the Course Rule, Including:

VEED1411*

Art and Design Practice 1
(Design Fundamentals & Graphic Design)

(Recommended*)

Delivered by Flinders University and CDW Studios


OR


VEED1410

Production Project 1
(3D & VFX)

Delivered by Flinders University


OR


VISA1402

Painting

Delivered by Flinders University

Semester One

Topic 1

VEED2108

Multimedia Production Part 1

Delivered by Flinders University

Topic 2

VEED2400

Digital Fundamentals 3

 

BOOTCAMP 2D

Delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 3

VEED2403

Digital Principles 2

Select one of the following workshops:

Character Design 2a
Storyboarding 1a
Matte Painting & VFX 1a

Workshops Delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 4

Level 2 Option Topic / See Table Below

Semester Two

Topic 1

CREA2106

Creative Arts Theory and Practice


OR


INDG2001

Black poetics: Indigenous Literary Studies


OR


INDG2002

First Nations Visual Art


OR


INDG2004

Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledges

Delivered by Flinders University

Topic 2

VEED2401

Digital Fundamentals 4

 

BOOTCAMP 2D

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 3

VEED2402

Core Studio 2

Select one of the following workshops:

Character Design 2b
Storyboarding 1b
Matte Painting & VFX 1b

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 4

Level 2 Option Topic / See Table Below

Level 2 Elective/Option Topics

Semester One

Any VEED/SCME Level 2 Option Topic from the Course Rule, Including:

VEED2421

Creative Production 2

Select one of the following workshops*:

2D Animation 1a
Creature Design 1a
Digital Painting 1a

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios


OR


VEED2413

Studio Practice 2 SU

(Intensive Summer School)

Workshops delivered by Flinders University & CDW Studios


OR


VEED3005

Digital Games

(VEED3005 is a non-semester 1 topic that runs between January - April. Please look at the topic page for dates)

Delivered by Flinders University


OR


VEED3014

VFX Histories and Theories

delivered by Flinders University


OR


BIOL2306

Scientific Illustration SU

(Intensive Summer School)

Delivered by Flinders University

Semester Two

Any VEED/SCME Level 2 Option Topic from the Course Rule, Including:

VEED2420

Creative Production 1

Select one of the following workshops*:

2D Animation 1b
Digital Painting 2b
Creature Design 2b
Vehicle & Mech Design 1b

(Recommended*)

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios


OR


BIOL2306

Scientific Illustration

(Non-Semester 2 topic, please look at topic page for details)

Delivered by Flinders University

Semester One

Topic 1

VEED3302

Digital Entertainment Production 2

Delivered by Flinders University

Topic 2

VEED3400

Research and Development 1

 

BOOTCAMP 2D

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 3

VEED3420

Creative Production 3

Select one of the following workshops:

Character Design 3a
Storyboarding 2a
Digital Painting 3a
Matte Painting & VFX 2a

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 4

Level 3 Option Topic / See Table Below

Semester Two

Topic 1

VEED3301

Digital Entertainment Production 1

Delivered by Flinders University

Topic 2

VEED3401

Creative Practice

 

BOOTCAMP 2D

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 3

VEED3421

Creative Production 4

Select one of the following workshops:

Character Design 3b
Storyboarding 2b
Matte Painting & VFX 2b

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Topic 4

VEED3410

Research and Development 2

Select one of the following workshops*:

2D Animation 2b
Digital Painting 3b
Vehicle & Mech Design 2b
Creature Design 3b

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios

Level 3 Elective/Option Topics

Semester One

Any VEED/SCME Level 3 Option Topic from the Course Rule, Including:

VEED2421

Creative Production 2

Select one of the following workshops*:

2D Animation 1a
Creature Design 1a
Digital Painting 1a
Vehicle & Mech Design 1a

(VEED 2421 is recommended for those who haven't already completed VEED2421)

Workshops delivered by CDW Studios


OR


VEED3014

VFX Histories and Theories

Delivered by Flinders University


OR


VEED3005

Digital Games

(VEED3005 is a non-semester 1 topic that runs between January - April. Please look at the topic page for dates)

Delivered by Flinders University


OR


VEED2413

Studio Practice 2 SU

(Intensive Summer School)

Delivered by Flinders University


OR


BIOL2306

Scientific Illustration SU

(Intensive Summer School)

Delivered by Flinders University

CDW Studios Workshops

This is a complete list of workshops available to BCA-VEED 2D Students delivered by CDW Studios.  It is broken up into core subjects and electives.

Core subjects, like 2D Bootcamp & Intro to Perspective are built in to the degree to make sure your fundamentals are strong and you get the most out of the elective topics.

Electives allow you to customise your degree during enrolment and find your area of specialisation.  Refer to the program guide above or the Flinders Website to see how you can build your degree.  If you have questions or concerns, please get in touch.

Core 2D Subjects

VEED 1400 – FOUNDATION BOOTCAMP (SEMESTER ONE)

VEED 1400 – FOUNDATION BOOTCAMP (SEMESTER ONE)

This module provides students with a comprehensive overview of all four areas of study and runs throughout semester one of first year.
VEED 1401 – 2D BOOTCAMP (SEMESTER TWO)

VEED 1401 – 2D BOOTCAMP (SEMESTER TWO)

2D Bootcamp builds your skills with each year of the degree to master composition, value, light, colour, line, gesture, proportion, perspective, observation & anatomy.
VEED 2400 – 2D BOOTCAMP (2ND YEAR)

VEED 2400 – 2D BOOTCAMP (2ND YEAR)

2D Bootcamp builds your skills with each year of the degree to master composition, value, light, colour, line, gesture, proportion, perspective, observation & anatomy.
VEED 3400 – 2D BOOTCAMP (3RD YEAR)

VEED 3400 – 2D BOOTCAMP (3RD YEAR)

2D Bootcamp builds your skills with each year of the degree to master composition, value, light, colour, line, gesture, proportion, perspective, observation & anatomy.

2D Workshops

Vehicle & Mech Design

Vehicle & Mech Design

Specialise in hard surface design. Incorporate believable mechanics, sketch efficiently with form and perspective and develop an efficient 2D/3D workflow with Photoshop and Blender.
Storyboarding

Storyboarding

Work in storyboarding using industry software Storyboard Pro and Photoshop. Learn essentials including camera shots, staging and composition.
Matte Painting & VFX

Matte Painting & VFX

Efficiently create moving 2D/3D environments for film and games. Master composition, keying, tracking, camera alignment, colour, light and grading to finish a scene.
Digital Painting

Digital Painting

Create digital paintings across the 2D & 3D space, using Photoshop and Blender. Develop complex compositions in an efficient workflow; interpret industry briefs; use 3D to accelerate your workflow.
Creature Design

Creature Design

Work across 2D & 3D spaces to design and sculpt unique and compelling creatures. Develop an efficient workflow from research and idea generation, to sculpting, colouring and rendering.
Character Design

Character Design

Design new and compelling characters. Master anato­my & per­spec­tive, proportion, costume, use of gesture, expression and archetypes. Learn to work across 2D & 3D spaces using Photoshop & Blender.
3D Modelling

3D Modelling

Learn to use industry software Sculptris, ZBrush, Maya, Photoshop and Substance Painter to model 3D characters and props for animation across the entertainment design industry.
2D Animation

2D Animation

Create traditional 2D animation in Photoshop including posing, performance, acting and dialogue. Master essential animation principles including keyframes, timing/spacing and overlapping action.

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.