Advanced Diploma Program in CGI, Visual Effects and Game Art

TAFE SA Code: CP00244

Incorporating: Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media (CUA60615)


The Advanced Diploma Program in CGI and Visual Effects will be combined with Advanced Diploma Program in Game Art. Students will study units in common whilst also having the opportunity to specialise in VFX; compositing animation or Game Art; 3D Modelling and texturing.

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Up to 12 months 

Full Time

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Information Session:

Tuesday 26 October 6:30-7:30pm at Adelaide College of the Arts – Room 2.39

Course Admission Requirements

  • Diploma or above in CGI and Visual Effects related area
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

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This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place during the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

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Full Fee

This course also has an incidentals cost of $20.00 for Contribution for participation in final industry presentation.

Student Services Fee (SSF) applies. Full-time student $20. Part-time student $10.

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • Students wishing to access subsidised funding or VET Student Loans will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills as part of course counselling before enrolling.
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
    • You will need to purchase a WACOM tablet or equivalent from approx. $120 for use in drawing, concept art and the production of hand painted textures
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    A range of positions in the Visual Effects industry including 3D Computer Animator, Compositor as well as film and advertising industries. Game artist, Computer Animator as well as the simulations industry and film and advertising as 3D modellers and texture artists.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Skills Covered

    Advanced Diploma Program in CGI, Visual Effects and Game Art
    This course is designed for students that want to excel in the field of visual effects and 3D computer animation for television and cinema or learn advanced skills required of artists in game development. Students specialising in Visual Effects and CGI are taught various aspects of the movie and television making process so that they understand where computer generated imagery fits in the workflow of a production. Students specialising in Game Art specialise in environment creation as modellers and texture artists and develop a broad knowledge of the game development process. Particular emphasis is placed on modelling, texturing, rigging, animation, and game engines with a major team production. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 13 elective units.


    Successful completion of this course provides you with the following qualifications:

    Qualification TAFE SA Code National Code
    Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media TP00932 CUA60615

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2019 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Engage in the business of creative practice 70
    Establish and maintain safe creative practice 30
    Evolve ideas for professional creative work 50


    Name Nominal Hours
    Complete compositing to create elements for the 3-D and digital effects environment 40
    Create digital visual effects 70
    Design and create models for a 3-D and digital effects environment 50
    Design digital simulations 50
    Design games 30
    Develop lighting designs 30
    Develop storylines and treatments 50
    Edit complex screen productions 50
    Establish the creative vision for screen productions 50
    Extend expertise in a specialised art form to professional level 80
    Implement design solutions 60
    Perform primary and secondary colour correction 60
    Realise productions 250
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design)
    Bachelor of Media Arts
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