Major Project: Development and Pre-Production

ANI30001 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24


Pre-requisite 200 cp in BA-ANI Bachelor of Animation OR 300 cp in Animation related double degrees.
Concurrent Pre-requisite

Aims and objectives

This unit will introduce students to essential techniques for developing and pitching short animated films. Students will learn best-practice methods for merging creative practice with business, and will discover how to sell ideas through the construction of compelling presentations and robust documentation. This unit also aims to enhance students’ understanding of key crew-roles and responsibilities via independent and collaborative planning, development and pitching of a major animation project. Successful pitches will commence production in the following semester.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Research methods and content used to develop and pitch a short animated film
2. Use professional language to describe planning, development and pitching activities
3. Apply appropriate planning and management strategies to construct pre-production and pitch material
4. Integrate a range of specialised production techniques to plan, develop and pitch a short animated film
5. Demonstrate teamwork, effective communication and the ability to work with others to achieve common goals
6. Evaluate the development, presentation and pitching of ideas to argue project potential and achievability

Courses with unit

BA-ANI: Bachelor of Animation
BB-GAMIANI: Bachelor of Games and Interactivity/Bachelor of Animation