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― Degree Pages ―

Our History

CDW Stu­dios School of Visu­al Effects and Enter­tain­ment Design has been run­ning since 2011 and pro­vides artists Aus­tralia wide with the most up to date and rel­e­vant edu­ca­tion avail­able to kickstart their career.

In 2016 we partnered with Flinders University to co-deliver the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design), a degree that combines the benefits of a university education with the practical, hands-on experience of working in industry. 

All CDW Studios instructors are industry professionals who have worked for a range of international companies such as Disney, Blizzard Entertainment, Rising Sun Pictures, WETA, Wizards of the Coast and Lego among many others.

Our goal is to provide an intense learning experience combined with a friendly and encouraging atmosphere that caters to all skill levels. Our students learn in a realistic studio setting, with all classes delivered in a state of the art multimedia facility. In each class our instructors provide a live demonstration of the week’s task before offering individual advice and feedback to all students. Students not only receive individual art critique each week, but are also able to view their instructors workflow and techniques.

From 3D modeling to 2D character design, CDW Studios is the right place for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the visual effects and entertainment design industry.

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Meet the Team

These are some of the key members of the team at CDW Studios.  They work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the Degree and The Studio are a success.


Simon Scales


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 & concept artist.  Clients include THQ, EA Games, LEGO, Mighty Kingdom, Animal Logic, Warner Bros and TT Games. His focus is now on further developing a world class education facility in Australia.

Manager Education & Training

Zoe Doherty-Dawson

Manager Education & Training

Zoe has worked in the industry for nearly two decades, bringing her wealth of experience in Marketing & Training to CDW Studios.

Phone: 0424 430 439
Email: zoe@cdwstudios.com

Studio Coordinator

Jasmine Rossetto

Studio Coordinator
Jasmine has provided administration, front of house and student support for CDW Studios since early 2016. Highly scrupulous, and has your best interests at heart. She has been working in administration roles for over 15 years and has a lifelong passion for animation, entertainment design, organization and performing arts.

Phone: 0406 635 897
Email: info@cdwstudios.com

Studio Manager

Bryan Lee

Studio Manager, Melbourne

Bryan has a background in industrial design and has been in industry creating designs for vehicles, mechs and tech. He has spent over 10 years in teaching, sharing his knowledge and expertise.
Now at CDW, he aims to create a fun but pragmatic environment to help facilitate students’ growth towards their goals.

Phone: 0413 963 184

Associate Studio Coordinator

Marissa Schmidt

Associate Studio Coordinator, Melbourne

An alumna of the BCA-VEED Marissa has joined CDW Studios to form a strong bond between the students and staff. As a Freelance Artist she works on a variety of projects from Graphic Design to Illustration with a focus on Character Design and its impact on ludology (the study of games!).  Using her knowledge as a past student she aims to help others succeed in their own artistic journey.

Phone: 0413 963 184

Associate Studio Coordinator

Jazz Fitzgerald-Hill

Associate Studio Coordinator, Sydney

Jazz is an alumna of BCA-VEED, where she developed a profound love for all things design. She is an experienced freelance concept artist and illustrator in the video game industry. Now a full-time member of the CDW Studios team, she helps create a welcoming and nurturing environment for students, aiming to provide the life-changing educational experience she once received at CDW.

Phone: 0413 961 429
Email: jazz@cdwstudios.com

Associate Studio Coordinator

Ethan McKenna

Associate Studio Coordinator, Sydney

A graduate of the BCA-VEED, Ethan has built his career as both a freelance concept artist and illustrator. He is passionate about mentoring students, and sparking their interest in art and design. Having recently relocated to our Sydney studio, Ethan is committed to fostering a dynamic learning environment that supports the next generation of artists.

Phone: 0413 961 429
Email: ethan@cdwstudios.com

Flinders University Staff

CDW Studios co-delivers the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design) with Flinders University.  These are some of the members of the Flinders that help to make the degree a reality.

Flinders Course Coordinator

Katie Cavanagh

Flinders Course Coordinator

In addition to being a lecturer and course coordinator for the BCA (Digital Media) at Flinders, Katie is instrumental in the partnership between CDW Studios & Flinders University, helping to shape the curriculum and ensuring the degree remains a success.

Email: katie.cavanagh@flinders.edu.au

Flinders Course Coordindator

Jason Bevan

Coordinator for Visual Effects

Topic Lecturer and Coordinator for Visual Effects, Post Production, Animation, 3D Modelling. Jason’s technical expertise is in editing, compositing, and 3D animation software, although has a working knowledge of all areas of Animation, Visual Effects and Film Production.

Jason co-runs “The Void” at Flinders, ensuring all students in the VFX stream have access to world class expertise and equipment.

Email: jason.bevan@flinders.edu.au

Flinders Lecturer

Shane Bevin

Flinders Lecturer in Digital Media

Co-founder of Adelaide animation studio Monkeystack, Shane has experience in animation project management, render wrangling, 3D production, virtual reality production and software management.

Shane has been a lecturer for many years & we are lucky to have his expertise in co-delivering the BCA-VEED.

Email: shane.bevin@flinders.edu.au

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