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.


Session 1 (30)
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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the history, theory and practice of traditional and digital animation;
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the software and hardware used to create animations;
  • 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; and
  • be able to critically reflect on the creative potential of animation.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VFX101 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Walk cycle
Stop motion exploration
Digital team project

Special Resources

Students undertaking this course may be required to own or have access to a range of visual arts mediums in order to complete practical assessments.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.