Bachelor of Creative Arts
Visual Effects & Entertainment Design
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INSTRUCTOR | TIM MCBURNIE
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STUDENT | HAMISH KENTWELL
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If you have a question that hasn’t been answered below, please get in touch with us.  You can either email info@cdwstudios.com or fill in the contact form at the bottom of the page.
How can I study full time at CDW Studios ?
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CDW Studios is partnered with Flinders University to deliver the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design) or 'BCA-VEED'. As a university degree it can be studied either full time or part time & CDW Workshops make up part of the degree.

How do I enrol in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (VEED) ?
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The degree is offered through flinders university. You'll need to apply through SATAC.

Degree Name: Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design), Flinders University.

SATAC CODE: 284181

For more detailed information please click here.

How should I prepare my application for BCA-VEED ?
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  1. Write your CV and do not worry if there is not much in it. You are not expected to have worked in the industry.
  2. Your application will be considered once you have submitted your portfolio. Put your best work in the portfolio & don’t worry if you do not have the maximum number of pieces.
  3. Provide between 5 & 20 pieces of your work. Do not send in original copies of work - send us photocopies, original ideas are welcome.
  4. Your portfolio should highlight what sort of career path you are looking at taking, for one of the 4 pathways: 2D, 3D, VFX or Animation.
  5. Rank your Applications: Always put the degree that you most want to get into first in your ranking, then at ranking 2 or 3 put in a degree that you are confident that you will get into.

If you have more questions, please email katie.cavanagh@flinders.edu.au

For those who do not have the recommended ATAR, contact Admissions at Flinders if you need advice on alternate pathways to enter the course.

Can international students apply for study and what options are available ?
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You will need to apply through Flinders University as an international student. You can do this at any time, there is information available on how to do this via the Flinders course page:

What career opportunities come from studying with CDW Studios ?
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Our students have gone on to work as concept artists, 3D modellers, 3D texture artists, 3D sculptors, illustrators and many other fields for studios such as Rising Sun Pictures, Animal Logic, Vishus Productions, Monkeystack, Chocolate Liberation Front, Bungie and Ready at Dawn Studios.

Our courses are designed to help you figure out which pathway you would like to take and then customise your course outline to cater to that pathway. CDW is committed to providing up-to-date hands-on learning of industry standard software, workflow and techniques.

Our goal is to make sure you're industry ready when you complete the degree to maximise your chances of success.

Do I need to take an english test like IELTS to do this course ?
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If you are applying for the degree, it's best to contact Flinders University to find out what is required for entry from overseas. All classes are taught in English & are recorded and available to students on-demand.

Can I study online ?
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It is possible to learn by correspondence but it's best to enquire with Flinders University. We now offer 12 week online short courses that are available to anyone around the world who are over the age of 15. More information is available here:

What are the tuition costs ? How does this differ for international students ?
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For domestic students, the BCA-VEED is eligible for HECS-HELP. Costs for the degree can be found on the flinders degree page, along with additional information about international study.

How do I sign up for a Workshop ?
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There is a register button on each workshop page. For the online short courses and our holiday workshops. Click 'Register Now', and an online form will appear. You will be required to finalise your payment upfront when you fill in the form. Once the payment hits our account, we then send out an invoice as a receipt for the payment. For the online short courses, you will be directed to the Flinders website to fill in an online form to gain access to the online learning platform.

Can I study online ?
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There is the possibility of online study for BCA-VEED but it's best to enquire directly with Flinders University.

CDW Holiday workshops & Masterclasses are designed for in-person learning but we often offer an online option. Each workshop will specify if an online option is available.

CDW Studios 12 Week short courses are designed for learning by correspondence so are available for study online only. More details are available on each short course page.

If you have questions about online learning for a specific workshop please get in touch.

What are the prerequisites for taking a Workshop ?
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All of our online short courses are designed to be introductory classes for students interested in pursuing that area of study so no prior knowedge is required.

All students must be over the age of 15 & provide their own tools such as computer, tablet and software.

Do you run workshops for school age students ?
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We recommend our holiday workshops for students aged 14 and above. If they are considering a long term class they may wish to undertake one of our online classes.

How old does my child need to be in order to take a Holiday Workshop ?
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For holiday workshops students should be aged 14 and over.

What happens if a Workshop is full ?
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You can email info@cdwstudios.com and request to be put on a waitlist for the course. We can let you know if there are cancelations or when a new workshop is available.

How old does my child need to be in order to do a 12-week short course ?
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We recommend students be at least 15 years of age.

Does CDW Studios offer scholarships?
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Currently CDW Studios doesn't offer scholarships for Workshops or for the BCA-VEED Degree.

Am I able to receive a qualification or a certificate when I finish my course ?
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If you complete the Bachelor of Creative Arts - Visual Effects and Entertainment Design degree with Flinders University you will receive an undergraduate degree with the opportunity to complete another year with honours.

There are no formalised assessments for the online short courses and so they are unaccredited. These courses are provided to help you grow as an artist, get personalised feedback on your work & develop your portfolio. You will receive a certificate of participation at the completion of the course.

Do you offer any SACE programs for high school students ?
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CDW Studios is currently not an RTO so we are unable to deliver any SACE programs for High School Students.

We offer a designer-in-residence program for high schools, which is available to schools directly & offer alternate pathways to the BCA-VEED. If you are a teacher interested in our designer in residence program, or if you would like to know about our alternate pathways, please email info@cdwstudios.com

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.