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Animation and VFX - Course Structure

Semester 1

Introduction to Design Thinking
Design Sketching I
Elements of Design  I (Foundation Art I)
Technical English
Design Principles
Fundamentals of Programming
(Custom Effect Programing and Scripting)
Kannada Kali
Constitution of India

Semester 2

Custom Effect Programing and Scripting
Ideation Methods in Design
Character Design Concepts
Design Sketching II (Digital Art)
Elements of Design II (Foundation Art II)
Mini Project I - Material Animation


Semester 3

Pre-Production I
Photography and Videography
3D Animation I
3D Animation and Rigging
Matte Painting
Mini Project II-2D Digital Animation I

Semester 4

Composting Techniques I
2D Digital Animation II
Storytelling, Design and Development
3D Lab I
3D Dynamics I
Mini Project III - 3D Animation II
Match Moving

Semester 5

3D Dynamics II
Composting Techniques II
3D Lab II
Pre-Production II
Professional Elective I
Professional Elective II
Mini Project IV - Agumented Reality
Rotoscopy and Paint

Semester 6

Photorealistic Lighting and Rendering
Professional Elective III
Professional Elective IV
Layout Design Concepts
Mini Project V - Motion Graphics
Lighting, Shading and Rendering


Semester 7

Major Project (Phase I)

Semester 8

Studio Design and Project Management
Major Project (Phase II)


Professional Elective I (Animation)

Match Moving
Entrepreneurial Development
New Media Studies
Android Application Development
Advanced 3D Animation
Web and E Business
Design Semiotics and Semantics

Professional Elective II (Animation)

Film Making Principles 
Organic and Hard Surface Modeling
Lighting and Shading
Materials and Texturing
Advanced 3D Animation
Introduction to AI


Professional Elective III (Animation)

Gamification and UX
Fluid Simulation and Plugins
Stereoscopic Techniques
Sound Design
Graphic Design
Programing in Python and React JS
Design Semiotics and Semantics

Professional Elective IV (Animation)

Hyper Realistic Modeling and Texturing
Advanced Rigging
Advanced CG Simulation and Effect
AR and VR Applications in Animation Design
Advanced Photo Realistic Lighting and and Rendering 
AI Applications in Design


USPs for Animation & VFX Design at DSU

  • Key application areas: designing immersive experiences, film making, design and development of film narratives
  • Key areas of technical expertise: Stereoscopy, VFX, Motion Graphics, Material Animation
  • Emphasis on project-based courses.
  • Active industry interaction through collaboration with DERBI Foundation, incubation centre of DSU which is located inside DSU campus.
  • Experienced faculty from reputed industries and academic institutions.

Scope Animation and VFX Design

  • Indian media and entertainment (M&E) industry grew at a CAGR of 18.55 per cent from 2011-2022; and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.9 per cent to touch US$ 37.55 billion by 2023
  • The next 5 years will see digital technologies increase their influence across the industry leading to a sea change in consumer behaviour across all segments
  • The entertainment industry is projected to be more than US$ 62.2 billion by 2025
  • The industry provides employment to 3.5-4 million people, including both direct and indirect employment as of 2017.
  • The entertainment industry continues to be dominated by the television segment, with the segment accounting for 44.24 per cent of revenue share in 2019, which is expected to grow further to 48.18 per cent by 2025



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