UniSA / Rising Sun Pictures
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UniSA / Rising Sun Pictures

Delivering specialist degrees in a world-class visual effects studio and empowering the next generation to start their career in film and television.

About School

Rising Sun Pictures (RSP) and the University of South Australia (UniSA) have partnered to deliver accredited courses in visual effects. In classrooms set up to mirror real-world production environments, and with instructors who are working professionals, the award-winning visual effects studio rigorously trains students in the technologies and techniques they’ll need to succeed in an expanding global film industry.

There are three UniSA degrees which provide a pathway to a career in visual effects - an under-graduate degree – Bachelor of Film and Television (visual effects specialisation), and two post-graduate degrees - Compositing & Tracking, and Dynamic Effects & Lighting.

Students gain exposure to professional practice standards through learning in a production studio, and using industry standard software under the supervision of experienced visual effects artists. Upon completion of the programs, graduates have a clear understanding of what it takes to succeed in this highly competitive and rewarding industry, as well as an invaluable connection to one of Australia’s leading visual effects companies. Student are equipped with the required skills and knowledge to seek and gain employment as an entry-level visual effects artist.

The UniSA Bachelor of Film and Television is an innovative degree that puts students at the cutting-edge of film, television and visual effects (VFX) production and theory. Students develop the technical knowledge and experience needed to enter the exciting world of screen production and content creation. While students study, they develop skills and contacts required for a successful career in the creative industries; graduating with a digital portfolio of work and practical industry experience.
The Graduate Certificates are a 12-week intensive program in which students are immersed within a simulated studio environment, while providing the necessary theoretical and practical skills to produce complex visual effects for film and screen.

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Facilities

All RSP courses taught in conjunction with UniSA are delivered onsite at Rising Sun Pictures studio in Adelaide South Australia. Enrolled, full-time students have full access to the RSP studio and its facilities. The studio is situated in the heart of Adelaide’s bustling CBD.

Staff

RSP staff and educators stay up to date with software and training through their day to day work in production.

Employment Rates

Rising Sun Pictures (Adelaide), KOJO (Adelaide), Cutting Edge (Sydney), Animal Logic (Sydney), WETA Digital (New Zealand), Method Studios (Melbourne and Sydney), LUMA Pictures (Melbourne and LA), The Gingerbread Man (Sydney), Foundry (Sydney), Rotor Studios (Sydney), Lola VFX (USA), We made a thing studios (WEMAT), Mill Film / Mr X (Adelaide), Pixel Zoo (Brisbane), Omen’s Studio (Singapore), Important Looking Pirates (Sweden), Artisan Post Group (Adelaide), Cumulus VFX (Byron Bay)

Student Showcase

Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork UniSA / Rising Sun Pictures students produce during their education.

Nicholas Centofanti

I think my love for creativity began as a child, however towards the end of my high school years is when I knew Film and Visual Effects was the pathway I wanted to explore more. With a strong passion...

Alicia Rzewucki

I have been drawing since I was little and am a very visual student in general. I grew up drawing traditional and currently learning digital and slowly improving. I had other career options I was int...

Joshua Farrugia

Growing up I was always loved films and developed a passion for camera aesthetics and techniques as I made my way through school. I started out as a photographer taking photos of landscapes and people...

Sash Elliott - Layout Artist, Rising Sun Pictures

Studying VFX with UniSA in conjunction with Rising Sun Pictures was a fantastic opportunity to learn from industry professionals and study in a live production environment. The hands-on approach and intensive structure were paramount in preparing me for my career in the industry. It provided me with the essential skills and knowledge to succeed and also the opportunity to build strong personal and professional connections.

Courses

Unparalleled industry-based learning is key aspect distinct to our partnership and the student learning experience. There is no other undergraduate/postgraduate qualification in Australia that provides this level of industry immersion

Bachelor of Film and Television

Degree Overview:
• Study and specialise in Film, Television or Visual Effects.
• Gain an understanding of the professional production cycle from conceptualisation through to production and post-production.
• Work on real-world projects with industry professionals.
• Have the opportunity to be selected for a placement and study with Rising Sun Pictures for the whole third year of your degree*
• Learn in state-of-the-art television and radio studios - UniSA is home to one of SA’s largest green screens.
• Work with the latest industry standard software, hardware and technology.
• Third year students can connect with the Film Concept Lab*, working alongside We Made A Thing Studios, to produce a short film for festival release.
• Apply for the Bachelor of Film and Television/Master of Teaching (Secondary) packaged option– it’s a pathway straight into postgraduate study.
• Graduate career-ready, with your own digital portfolio of work.
• UniSA have world-class research in Creative Arts and Writing, Language, Communication and Culture1.

Duration: 3-year degree
Intake Dates: February and July

Graduate Certificate in FX and Lighting

Course Description:
At the completion of this program, graduates will be able to demonstrate the following:
• 3D visual effects techniques such as dynamic effects (particle-based simulations such as explosions, water effects, textural effects, clouds)
• Procedurally generated environments such as cities, beaches and forests; and computer-generated lighting applications.
• An ability work to deadline and to supervisor brief, independently and as part of a team.
• Plan shot execution, breaking down creative and technical shot requirements.
• An understanding of departmental and industry best practices and techniques.
• Navigation and task management using Shotgun and other VFX production techniques.
• Final presentation of your professional portfolio and resume.

Duration: 12 weeks intensive
Intake Dates: February and July


Graduate Certificate in Compositing and Tracking

Course Description:
At the completion of this program, graduates will be able to demonstrate the following:
• Tangible VFX focused software skills using 3DEqualizer, Nuke, Maya, Silhouette and Shotgun.
• Industry standard VFX camera tracking, matchmoving, paint & roto and basic compositing.
• An ability work to deadline and to supervisor brief, independently and as part of a team.
• Plan shot execution, breaking down creative and technical shot requirements.
• An understanding of departmental and industry best practices and techniques.
• Navigation and task management using Shotgun and other VFX production techniques.
• Final presentation of your professional portfolio and resume.

Duration:12 weeks intensive
Intake Dates: February and July


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