VFX206 Special Effects (8)


This subject focuses on the art of special effects and explores the creative talents responsible for imaginative visual realisation. The subject will investigate the diverse history, theory and practice of special effects that demonstrate success and failure, realistic/unrealistic aesthetics, problem-solving skills, creative potential and technical innovation in informational, artistic, educational and entertainment contexts.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VFX206
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

VFX102 / CCI100 Students are advised to undertake VFX106 3D Animation if they are not capable of creating animated 3D imagery and VFX205 Digital Compositing if they are unable to create photorealistic video composites.

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have already completed MPI209.
Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate the theory and practical aspects of special effects
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of various applications of visual effects for internet, television, movie or related graphic design
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the software and hardware employed in the special effect industry
  • be able to demonstrate an appreciation of the creative potential of special effects based multimedia


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • History and appreciation of special effects
  • Production pipelines and workflow
  • Optical and digital visual effects
  • Problem-solving and efficient solutions


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.