ADA206 - Visual Effects and Effects Animation

Unit details


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:ACF212
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Simeon Taylor
Cohort rule:Nil

Students must complete one Level 1 ADA or ACF unit

Incompatible with: AMC203
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week


In this unit students investigate the intersections of live action and digital animation techniques through a range of concepts and practical approaches based on industry standards. Students develop hands-on experience in chroma-key (green-screen) studio principles, including techniques for lighting subjects, directing action, and compositing a range of digital media assets for a variety of creative outcomes. Students learn how to animate text for film titles and create visual effects for animation, game design, and live action film practices. The convergence of 2D, 3D and virtual image spaces with live-action content compels students to consider and explore the possibilities of a dynamic contemporary media ecology.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Apply key elements of a typical VFX production workflow and plan and execute basic compositing tasks for a title or graphic sequence

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Apply a range of technical, aesthetic and conceptual strategies in the completion of independent creative projects.

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking


Use digital skills to combine a variety of medias, to create a piece for dissemination to a large audience

GLO3: Digital literacy

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 – Folio 1: Motion Graphics 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Information not yet available
Assessment 2 – Folio 2: Visual Effects 2000 words
or equivalent
50% Information not yet available

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

As there are no prescribed textbooks set for this unit, students are not required to purchase text. A list of recommended reading can be found on the University Library website (Talis) via ADA206. A further selection of readings and web-based resources will be available via CloudDeakin, as directed by the unit chair.

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