VFX101 Introduction to Animation (8)

This introductory subject covers the history, theory and practice of animation. The subject will introduce students to the art of the moving image from traditional animation through to modern digital techniques across a diverse range of media.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VFX101. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have already completed MPI205.

Assumed Knowledge

Upon enrolling in this subject it is expected that the student has demonstrated some artistic merit and has functional knowledge in using computers.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the history, theory and practice of traditional and digital animation
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the software and hardware employed in the animation industry
  • be able to demonstrate fundamental skills for preproduction, production and postproduction
  • be able to demonstrate foundation knowledge in production of animation for diverse applications and mediums
  • be able to demonstrate a critical awareness and appreciation of the creative potential of animation in internet, television, movies, graphic design and interactive media


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • - History and appreciation of animation
  • - Fundamentals of animation techniques
  • - Traditional Animation
  • - Basic anatomy and physics
  • - Stop motion and rotoscoping
  • - Computer Graphics in animation
  • - Essential compositing
  • - Animation production pipelines


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.