VFX107 Digital Compositing (8)

Compositing is a production process in which different media elements are combined to create a finished shot. Common applications are visual effects, integration for multipass animation render workflows, and creation of motion graphics. In this subject, students are introduced to foundations of compositing software use for visual effects, multipass integration, and motion graphics. Students will apply theory to their practical work, using research and writing skills to communicate ideas and assist in resolving composite projects. Students will work with industry-standard software to learn practical compositing skills. Time and project management skills will be introduced to facilitate efficient and effective compositing workflow.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: VFX107. 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 previously completed VFX205, Digital Compositing, as it is an earlier version of this subject.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are assumed to have a demonstrable knowledge of the practice of producing visual images for a range of media uses before entering this subject. Students who do not have a working knowledge of introductory animation and image compositing are advised to undertake CCI102 first.

Subject Relationships

VFX205 Incompatible subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to research and communicate compositing theory through academic and technical process writing;
  • be able to apply compositing theory to practical work;
  • be able to plan and manage compositing projects; and
  • be able to use software for technical compositing of scene elements and creation of motion graphics.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Fundamentals of compositing - theory and practical application
  • Production research, planning, and management for composite work
  • Academic and technical process writing
  • High Dynamic Range Imagery (HDRI) mapping for lighting and integration
  • Keying techniques
  • Basic matte painting principles
  • Tracking techniques
  • Rotoscoping
  • Colour correction
  • Data management for composite workflows

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VFX107 in Session 2 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 %
Creative & technical proposal for task 2
Creative compositing animation
Composite shot or sequence - video

Special Resources

Access to Adobe Creative Cloud: After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro
Access to Foundry NukeX

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