SAE Institute

Associate Degree of Animation

SAE Institute

Course details

CRICOS course code: 080178M

Level of study: Associate Degrees or Equivalent


Animation is pure imagination. Few industries allow you to create what has never been seen before, which is very, very cool. Animation is also a profession where technical expertise and application is as important as raw talent, and this is where SAE come in.

Our Associate degree is all about building your character and credentials by giving you hands-on experience in a broad range of topics related to the Animation and Computer Graphics industries, such as:

  • Character animation (2D/3D)
  • Visual storytelling
  • 3D modelling & computer graphics
  • Visual effects & motion graphics

At SAE you won’t find yourself in a lecture with 300 people or even in a traditional lecture at all. You’ll be in a studio environment using software like Maya, Autodesk 3D MAX, ToonBoom, Substance painter, Z-Brush and Adobe Creative Suite to help bring your ideas to life.

Your growth and development will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretical based essays. This will ultimately help you build up a body of work and portfolio to share with potential employers or first client.

In preparation for an industry that commands agility and adaptability, you’ll cut your creative teeth on projects initially in partnership with your course peers. As your skills develop and you work on more dynamic projects, you’ll apply your capabilities on cross-discipline projects.

For those wanting to go the extra, and thousands of miles, you can complete up to two trimesters of your course at selected SAE campuses across the planet. Suddenly, real-world experience just went worldwide.

Your Learning Experience

  • Learn advanced-level industry-standard animation tools, such as Autodesk 3DS Max and Maya and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Experience an Animation course designed in collaboration with industry partners, develop the skills the film and interactive media industries want.
  • Work with artists, designers, web, mobile and games developers, film makers, animators and audio specialists.
  • Learn from Animation industry veterans who are masters of their craft.
  • Develop high-level special effects in collaboration with film makers.
  • Learn and apply narrative theories to produce compelling animated films.
  • Work with games developers to produce rich worlds, assets and animation for interactive media titles.
  • Learn in a collaborative, studio-based environment where your teachers are also your mentors.
  • Learn and apply industry-standard project management methodologies from day one.


Students who have completed the Associate Degree of Animation would have opportunities in the professional workplace as:

  • 3D Generalist?
  • Character Artist ?
  • 2D and/or 3D Animator
  • Media Industry Specialist
  • Motion Graphics Designer ?
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • 3D Asset Modeller
  • 3D Character Modeller
  • Junior Rigging TD
  • Surfacing Artist
  • Junior Lighting TD
  • Production Coordinator
  • Junior Assembly & Layout Artist

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 42,589 Per Year Read more53,236 for the entire course
Start date: Expected September 2023
Expected May 2024
Duration: 4 Trimesters - Fast Tracked (Full Time); 6 Trimesters - Full Time
Study mode: Full time

Brisbane Campus

Cnr Jane Street and Riverside Drive
Brisbane Queensland 4101

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

Successful completion of secondary school studies (assessed as an equivalent of Australian Year 12 secondary studies). Minimum overall pass is required.

Minimum Age

International students seeking admission to SAE must be at least 18 years of age prior to the commencement of their study.

English Language Requirements

  • International English Language Testing Sydney (IELTS): An overall score of 6.0 or higher with no individual band lower than 5.5 (only the Academic Test is accepted), OR
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 73 overall (internet-based test), OR
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic score of 46 or higher, OR
  • Completion of Year 12 English in an Australian secondary school or college or equivalent with a minimum result of “Satisfactory” or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of an Academic English program with an SAE-approved Australian-based English partner.


SAE Institute
Byron Bay Campus
373-391 Ewingsdale Road North Coast New South Wales 2481