Bachelor of Creative Arts
Visual Effects & Entertainment Design
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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Bachelor of Creative Arts

VISUAL EFFECTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DESIGN

CDW Studios in conjunction with Flinders University offer a 3 year full time Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design) degree. The degree features all instructors, live demos and on-on-one industry feedback that lead the way at CDW Studios, but now you can do it as a full time University course with Flinders University. Students in the BCA (VEED) can choose either the 2D Concept, Game Art, VFX or Animation pathways throughout the degree.

Studying full time is the best way to fast track your career in the entertainment design and VFX industry. All classes are taught by industry professionals, ensuring students receive an industry relevant education. With highly focused classes in a relaxed learning environment, CDW Studios and Flinders University employs a dedicated but encouraging environment for students to develop their portfolios and learn what it takes to become an industry professional.

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Click here to visit the Flinders website and begin the application process.  Make sure you use SATAC Code 284181 when submitting your application.  We highly recommend you read our application process guidelines when preparing your application.

Four Stream Pathways

The BCA-VEED offers four distinct pathways – or study streams – for students looking to find the right career path.  Each stream allows students to further specialise as they progress in the degree and move closer to working in the industry.

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

Kaylee Collins
KAYLEY COLLINS
JUNIOR ANIMATOR
FIKA ENTERTAINMENT
Studying with Flinders University/CDW Studios has been an incredible experience. The course has provided me with many opportunities and pathways I had not realised when beginning this course. BCA (VEED) has built not just my confidence as an artist but it has provided me valuable connections with not just employers but with fellow classmates as well.
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Bonnie Grant
BONNIE GRANT
3D VISUALISATION ARTIST
MODEL FARM
The Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects & Entertainment Design) degree was excellent because our teachers are current industry professionals that bring a wealth of experience and current industry best practice to our classrooms. The amount of practical topics vastly outnumbers theory topics so we are spending most of our time doing practical assignments.
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Bradley Peacock
BRADLEY PEACOCK
RIGGING ARTIST
RISING SUN PICTURES
The teachers at CDW Studios and Flinders University have been phenomenal over the last 4 years. They have been extremely supportive and have helped guide me towards what I am passionate about. They give us just enough freedom to explore our ideas whilst being able to teach us the skills necessary to find work in the industry.
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Kaylee Collins
JESSIE LAM
3D ANIMATOR
MOVING PICTURES COMPANY
Studying the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects & Entertainment Design) was a worthwhile learning experience with amazing industry professionals!
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CUTTING EDGE TECHNIQUES

From your first lesson, you will be learning on-the-tools using industry standard software packages and best-practice workflows.

This means you will be learning on the same tools, using the same methods that you would be using on the job.

CDW Studios keeps close relationships to industry & makes sure we have instructors to cover existing and emerging technology.  This ensuring that our graduates have the right education and training to be industry-ready the day they graduate.

FUNDAMENTALS FOR LIFE

CDW Studios believes in a “Fundamentals First” approach to learning.  Each of our education pathways (or streams) include bootcamp topics that are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to take on any project.  Having strong fundamentals are key to leveling up your art across any area.

Each “bootcamp” is broken up into a series of projects, teaching you essential skills with greater focus towards major projects in your second and third year of study.

Software moves fast, but the fundamentals don’t change.  By having a deeper understanding of form, perspective, biomechanics or particle systems not only will you have up-to-the-minute training, you’ll also have transferrable skills to future-proof you to whatever direction the industry takes.

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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.