In 2024, the Faculty of Arts, Design & Architecture will be adding three new degrees – a Bachelor of Education (Primary), Master of Animation and Visual Effects and a Master of Architecture / Master of Property and Development.

“We are constantly reviewing and adapting our offering in the faculty as we look to be part of solving problems our society faces,” says ADA dean Professor Claire Annesley. “By creating high quality, evidence-based degrees, and giving students access to leaders in their fields we can make a difference to our society. We know future graduates in the fields of education, the arts and the built environment will be able to affect positive change in the face of ever-evolving industries and technologies.”  

Master of Animation & Visual Effects

The animation and visual effects industry (VFX) is rapidly growing, and Sydney has become a global hub for key companies in the space, including Plastic Wax and Animal Logic. UNSW is also home to 3DXLAB a world-leading virtual reality and data visualisation lab.

With the Australian Government investing in the sector, the continued growth in streaming service and applications beyond entertainment into 3D biomedical health storytelling, urban environment modelling, events and more – there is a strong demand for more training and upskilling in the animation and VFX industry.

This two-year postgraduate program is designed for graduates and professionals looking to thrive in the rapidly growing and evolving field. The course offers training in an array of skills: from animating movement and motion capture to digital visualisation and modelling and procedural FX. And, importantly, also covers topics including ideation, planning and project management.

UNSW offers an articulated suite of programs in the animation and VFX space, including short courses, a graduate certificate and graduate diploma.

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Master of Architecture / Master of Property and Development

The new postgraduate double degree in Architecture and Property Development sits within UNSW’s School of Built Environment, and will allow students to develop design skills while expanding their expertise in managing large property portfolios.

The program has been developed with industry experts to address the latest changes and trends with a view to equipping graduates to lead projects that will benefit both people and the planet.

The degree combines professional education in the practice and theory of architecture and training in commercial understandings of how property development. Graduates will qualify to work as registered architects, and also learn principles of property investment, development and management, along with world-leading approaches to addressing challenges in the built environment, such as climate change, health and wellbeing.

The course explores the place of advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in improving performance and increasing productivity and sustainability, and exposes students to advanced design and fabrication tools, such as 3D printing, laser cuttings, CNC routing and more.

The School of Built Environment ranks 40th in the world and 4th in Australia (QS World University Rankings, 2023) and UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2023.

Students can graduate with two Masters degrees in as little as three years, giving UNSW an edge over competitor universities. 

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Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)

Australia needs more teachers as our population grows. In fact, by 2030 20% more students will start school than did in 2021. The degree, which has been developed in partnership with the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA), offers foundational knowledge in teacher education applying the latest research into evidence-based practice – with the opportunity to specialise in English and mathematics.

The course is practice-oriented, with learning in schools from the very first semester of study, preparing students for a smooth transition into the profession after graduation.

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