VFX206 Visual Effects (8)

This subject focuses on the art of visual effects and explores the creative talents responsible for imaginative visual realisation. The subject will investigate the diverse history, theory and practice of visual effects that demonstrate success and failure, realistic/unrealistic aesthetics, problem-solving skills, creative potential and technical innovation in informational, artistic, educational and entertainment contexts. Students put their gained contextual knowledge to practice in the generation of new creative work in the visual effects field.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Wagga 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

Grading System



One session


School of Communication and Creative Industries

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed students have an existing working knowledge of compositing for photography, television, internet, movie, graphic design or other emergent media forms.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply the theory and practical aspects of visual and special effects to creative practice;
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of various applications of visual effects for a range of media uses;
  • be able to demonstrate a working knowledge of the software and hardware employed in the visual effects industry; and
  • be able to critically reflect on the creative potential of visual and special effects based multimedia.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History, theory and practice of special effects
  • Special effects: Pre-digital, practical and optical
  • History, theory and practice of visual effects
  • Visual effects: Digital era
  • Production pipelines and workflow
  • Problem-solving and efficient solutions

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of VFX206 in Session 1 2020. 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 %
Historical special effects film (case study)
Practical special effects (recreation)
Digital visual effects (production)

Special Resources

Students will require access to a visual effects industry standard software suite and an adobe creative cloud subscription.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.