Bachelor of Arts in Motion
Design and Animation

R38,900 per year

Course Details

Admission Requirement

National Senior Certificate with a Bachelor entry or equivalent. Art experience is recommended

Qualification

Bachelor of Arts in Motion Design and Animation (SAQA ID No: 94949, NQF Level 7)

Duration

48 – 72 months. 5 -10 hours per week, module dependant.

Effort

5 -10 hours per week

Delivery

Online learning (blended with practical studio work)

Start Date

March, May, August, October

Overview

R38,900 per year

Overview

Introduction

The Bachelor of Arts in Motion Design and Animation teaches stop-motion, digital 3D and digital 2D animation skills within the context of traditional 2D animation principles. There is a strong focus on developing and refining fine art skills: drawing, painting and sculpture, in support of the creative processes involved in character and story development for animation.

Theory modules include history of art, history of animated media, media studies and academic research skills. The final year of study includes a practical project that forms the centrepiece of the student’s portfolio. The student can choose to complete the project in either digital 3D, stop-motion 3D, or digital 2D.

What will I learn?

  • Foundational principles of animation
  • Capturing motion with drawing, sculpting & painting
  • Storyboarding: composing animated stories
  • Traditional hand-drawn animation
  • Digital 2D & 3D animation
  • Stop-motion animation
  • Concept Art: character and environment design
  • Screenwriting: telling compelling stories
  • Visual effects and motions graphics
  • Understanding the origins of animation
  • Business fundamentals of animation
  • Research methodologies: critical engagement with animated media

How will the programme run?

  • The theory part of the programme is online learning (done by yourself from the comfort of home)
  • When a module requires a practical component you have the opportunity to book studio time at a campus nearest to you, or alternatively make use of your own studio or a private industry studio.
  • The Campuses are open in the evenings Tuesday – Thursday from 6pm – 9pm, and Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
  • The practical modules require applied studio time of 2.5 – 3 hrs per week.

Careers

Career Options

  • Character Animator in 2D or 3D
  • Character Designer in 2D or 3D
  • Environment Artist in 2D or 3D
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fee and Software Requirements:

Tuition Fee Per year:

  • 1st Academic year: R38 900
  • 2nd Academic year: R38 900
  • 3rd Academic year: R38 900

The following software will be required for the successful completion of the programme and needs to be acquired by the student. The software has an estimated cost of R14 500 per year and can be purchased directly from the supplier’s web portal.

  • Toonboom Harmony 16 Prem
  • Toonboom Storyboard Pro
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Maya
  • DragonFrame

When comparing our fees with other institutions, please use the Tuition Fee as the comparison, knowing that you will additionally require all the software to successfully complete this qualification. Software pricing could fluctuate due to changes in the exchange rate.

Careers

Career Options

  • Character Animator in 2D or 3D
  • Character Designer in 2D or 3D
  • Environment Artist in 2D or 3D
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fee and Software Requirements:

Tuition Fee Per year:

  • 1st Academic year: R38 900
  • 2nd Academic year: R38 900
  • 3rd Academic year: R38 900

The following software will be required for the successful completion of the programme and needs to be acquired by the student. The software has an estimated cost of R14 500 per year and can be purchased directly from the supplier’s web portal.

  • Toonboom Harmony 16 Prem
  • Toonboom Storyboard Pro
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Maya
  • DragonFrame

When comparing our fees with other institutions, please use the Tuition Fee as the comparison, knowing that you will additionally require all the software to successfully complete this qualification. Software pricing could fluctuate due to changes in the exchange rate.

Overview

Introduction

The Bachelor of Arts in Motion Design and Animation teaches stop-motion, digital 3D and digital 2D animation skills within the context of traditional 2D animation principles. There is a strong focus on developing and refining fine art skills: drawing, painting and sculpture, in support of the creative processes involved in character and story development for animation.

Theory modules include history of art, history of animated media, media studies and academic research skills. The final year of study includes a practical project that forms the centrepiece of the student’s portfolio. The student can choose to complete the project in either digital 3D, stop-motion 3D, or digital 2D.

What will I learn?

  • Foundational principles of animation
  • Capturing motion with drawing, sculpting & painting
  • Storyboarding: composing animated stories
  • Traditional hand-drawn animation
  • Digital 2D & 3D animation
  • Stop-motion animation
  • Concept Art: character and environment design
  • Screenwriting: telling compelling stories
  • Visual effects and motions graphics
  • Understanding the origins of animation
  • Business fundamentals of animation
  • Research methodologies: critical engagement with animated media

How will the programme run?

  • The theory part of the programme is online learning (done by yourself from the comfort of home)
  • When a module requires a practical component you have the opportunity to book studio time at a campus nearest to you, or alternatively make use of your own studio or a private industry studio.
  • The Campuses are open in the evenings Tuesday – Thursday from 6pm – 9pm, and Saturday from 9am – 4pm.
  • The practical modules require applied studio time of 2.5 – 3 hrs per week.

Careers

Career Options

  • Character Animator in 2D or 3D
  • Character Designer in 2D or 3D
  • Environment Artist in 2D or 3D
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fee and Software Requirements:

Tuition Fee Per year:

  • 1st Academic year: R38 900
  • 2nd Academic year: R38 900
  • 3rd Academic year: R38 900

The following software will be required for the successful completion of the programme and needs to be acquired by the student. The software has an estimated cost of R14 500 per year and can be purchased directly from the supplier’s web portal.

  • Toonboom Harmony 16 Prem
  • Toonboom Storyboard Pro
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Maya
  • DragonFrame

When comparing our fees with other institutions, please use the Tuition Fee as the comparison, knowing that you will additionally require all the software to successfully complete this qualification. Software pricing could fluctuate due to changes in the exchange rate.