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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 one-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.

HOW TO APPLY

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. The course code that you need for SAT­AC is 224131. Although the degree is offered through Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty, we work in a strong part­ner­ship with CDW Stu­dios. Stu­dents doing this degree will be doing work­shops at CDW as part of their top­ics. Once you apply through SAT­AC you’ll need to com­plete your appli­ca­tion by send­ing a pack to Flinders con­tain­ing forms, a strong port­fo­lio, CV and cov­er letter. 

DEGREE RANK­INGS

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 don’t put the degree you most want to get into first you will be accept­ed into an alter­na­tive degree with­out ever know­ing if we accept­ed your port­fo­lio or not.

HINTS & TIPS FOR YOUR APPLICATION

Port­fo­lio

Make cer­tain that you sub­mit your port­fo­lio, we can­not con­sid­er your appli­ca­tion if you do not sub­mit the port­fo­lio. Put your best work in the port­fo­lio. Give us some­where between 520 pieces of your work. Send us 3D mod­els, ani­ma­tion, 2D pieces, VFX, fan art, draw­ings, sketch­es — any work that you are pas­sion­ate about.
Do not be afraid to try to get in, we are look­ing at many aspects of your work, it should show us what you would like to study. 

Cur­ricu­lum Vitae & Cov­er Letter

You need to write this for your appli­ca­tion into the degree, please do not wor­ry if there is not much in it. We do not expect you to have worked in indus­try. Your cov­er let­ter should entail why you would like to do the degree and where you would like to take your career.

BCA DM (VEED) Degree Features

Multiple Pathways

2D, 3D, Game Art, VFX and Animation Pathways. This means you can build your portfolio to match the career pathway of your choice.

Industry Instructors

Learn from world class industry professionals. These local and international artists and lecturers are here to support and guide you through your journey of becoming a professional artist.

Live Demonstrations

In every class at CDW Studios you will watch a live demonstration in class. We believe that this will give you the best skills possible to build your portfolio.

International Masterclasses

If you study the BCA (VEED) degree you are entitled to one free masterclass per year. Learn from some of the best 2D and 3D instructors in the world!

Hands on Workshops

Learn to draw, paint, design and 3d model in every class. This will develop your skills to work in a hands on studio environment. In each workshop you will receive feedback from our instructors.

Career Pathways

Recommended pathways in 2D, VFX & Game Art, Animation, VFX in Film. At CDW Studios/Flinders University we are here to assist you do break into the industry as soon as possible.

HECS-HELP Support

You won’t have to pay your fees up front if you an Australian citizen or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa. You can get a HECS-HELP loan for your student contribution portion of your University fees.

Student Study Areas

We have a designated study area for self-directed study. If you are travelling from interstate or overseas CDW Studios and Flinders University have multiple areas where you can work on your projects at any time.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT


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 appoint­ment, con­tact us and an advi­sor will con­tact you shortly.

3 Year Structure

First year curriculum of study

Semester 1: CREA1001 -Introduction to the Creative Arts

Held at Flinders University.

Semester 2: SCME1003 - Essential Multimedia

Workshop include: Design fundamentals 1 (6 weeks). Held at CDW studios and Intro to After Effects (6 weeks) held at Flinders University

Semester 1: SCME1400 Digital Fundamentals 1

Workshop includes: 2D & 3D Bootcamp (Blue & Green Group) - 2 sessions per week. Held at CDW Studios.

Semester 2: SCME1401 Digital Fundamentals 2

Workshop includes: 2D & 3D Bootcamp (Blue & Green Group) - 2 sessions per week. Held at CDW Studios.

Semester 1: SCME1402 Core Studio 1

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: - Intro to Character Design | Intro to 3D | Intro to Creature Design | Intro to Digital Painting.

Semester 1: SCME1403 Digital Principles 1

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: - Intro to Character Design | Intro to 3D | Intro to Creature Design | Intro to Digital Painting.

Semester 1: COMS1001 Academic and Professional Communication

Held at Flinders University.

Semester 2: OPTION TOPIC: SCME1410 Production Project 1 OR any topic from COMP, CREA, INNO, SCME

Workshop include: Anatomy & Figure Drawing 1 (6 weeks). Held at CDW studios and Intro to Graphic Design (6 weeks) held at Flinders University. For full list of available topics see: https://www.flinders.edu.au/webapps/stusys/index.cfm/topic/main

Second year curriculum of study

Semester 1: SCME2108 Multimedia Production Pt 1

Held at Flinders University.

Semester 2: SCME2109 Multimedia Production Pt 2

Held at Flinders University.

Semester 1: SCME2400 Digital Fundamentals 3

You will choose 2D or 3D bootcamp. This is where you start to choose your focus for the course. 2 session per week. Held at CDW Studios.

Semester 2: SCME2401 Digital Fundamentals 4

Continue with 2D or 3D bootcamp. This is where you start to choose your focus for the course. 2 session per week. Held at CDW Studios.

Semester 1: SCME2403 Digital Principles 2

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: Character Design 1 | World Building (3D) 1 | 3D Animation 1 | Creature Design 1 | Storyboarding 1

Semester 2: SCME2402 Core Studio 2

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: Character Design 1 | World Building (3D) 1 | 3D Animation 1 | Creature Design 1 | Storyboarding 1

Semester 1: OPTION TOPIC: SCME2421 Creative Production 1 OR any topic from COMP, CREA, INNO, SCME

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: 3D Asset Creation 1 | 2D Animation 1 | Digital Painting 1 | Matte Painting & VFX 1 | Figure Drawing 1 | Lighting for Film 1 | Vehicle and Mech Design 1.

Semester 2: ELECTIVE TOPIC: SCME2420 Creative Production 1 OR SCME3005 Digital Games OR any topic at Flinders University you are eligible for

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: 3D Asset Creation 2 | 2D Animation 2 | Environment Design for Games 2 | Matte Painting & VFX 2 | Figure Drawing 2 | Lighting for Film 2 | Vehicle and Mech Design 2. https://www.flinders.edu.au/webapps/stusys/index.cfm/topic/main


Third year curriculum of study

Semester 1: SCME3302 Digital Entertainment Production 2

Working on your 3rd year projects. Held at Flinders University.

Semester 2: SCME3301 Digital Entertainment Production 1

Working on your 3rd year projects. Held at Flinders University.

Semester 1: SCME3400 Research and Development 1

Continue with 2D or 3D bootcamp. This is where you continue building your skills on your 2D or 3D focus. 2 session per week. Held at CDW Studios.

Semester 2: SCME3401 Creative Practice

Continue with 2D or 3D bootcamp. This is where you continue building your skills on your 2D or 3D focus. 2 session per week. Held at CDW Studios.

Semester 1: SCME3420 Creative Production 3

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: Character Design 2 | World Building (3D) 2 | 3D Animation 2 | Creature Design 2 | Storyboarding 2.

Semester 2: SCME3421 Creative Production 4

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: Character Design 2 | World Building (3D) 2 | 3D Animation 2 | Creature Design 2 | Storyboarding 2.

Semester 1: SCME3410 Research and Development 2

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: 3D Asset Creation 2 | 2D Animation 2 | Environment Design for Games 2 | Matte Painting & VFX 2 | Figure Drawing 2 | Lighting for Film 2 | Vehicle and Mech Design 2.

Semester 2: ELECTIVE TOPIC: SCME2420 Creative Production 1 OR CREA2106 Creative Arts Theory & Practice OR any topic at Flinders University you are eligible for

Choose one of the following 12 week workshops held at CDW Studios: 3D Asset Creation 2 | 2D Animation 2 | Environment Design for Games 2 | Matte Painting & VFX 2 | Figure Drawing 2 | Lighting for Film 2 | Vehicle and Mech Design 2. https://www.flinders.edu.au/webapps/stusys/index.cfm/topic/main

Testimonials

Duncan Li

I would say that the school is very intense, with many students around me striving to do their best and the instructors endlessly challenging you to push yourself. The workload can be heavy but I think it's more important to have a good outlook and not stress too much, as it is more valuable to get a small amount done at a high standard. The instructors are very supportive and understanding.

Rose Swincer

The reason I chose to study at CDW is because I believe they offer (hands down!) the best education in the entertainment industry in SA, if not Australia. And that's coming from someone who has been a tertiary student for quite a while. They're up to date with industry standards, the lecturers teach a wealth of knowledge and beyond, and the support is really humbling.

Cody Foreman

I chose to study at CDW with the hopes of making a career out of my passion, painting. When I first started this course I had no idea what concept art was, all I knew was that it was a combination of my favourite things; films, games and art! Being able to have 1 on 1 feedback with industry professionals helped me to gain confidence and improve faster than I ever thought I could.