DGTL13009 - 3D Character Design

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit of study will advance your understanding of three-dimensional (3D) computer graphics, particularly in the area of 3D character design. You will learn how to use a variety of tools and techniques to create a 3D character for use in real-time rendering platforms. You will develop the necessary skills to produce 3D characters for animation, visual effects and games using industry-standard software.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: MMST12019 3D Computer Graphics

Antirequisite: Students who have completed DGTL12011 3D Character Design or DGTL13004 Advanced 3D Animation and Character Development may not enrol in this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Practical Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 19.05% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE student comment
Some students report that taking this unit has been an enjoyable experience that provided a sense of achievement.
Maintain the positive learning experience of the unit.
Action Taken
Positive learning experiences have been maintained, as evidenced by the student unit evaluation results.
Source: SUTE student comment
Some students have suggested that the video tutorials should be broken into shorter clips and updated with newer content.
Update the content of the video tutorials and break them into shorter clips focusing on specific topics, as time permits.
Action Taken
Video tutorials have been presented as shorter clips focusing on specific topics.
Source: SUTE student comment
Some students have expressed the opinion that the tutorial content could be made more practical and better integrated with the assignments. They suggest that by making the content more directly relevant to the assignments, they would be able to better understand and apply the concepts covered in the course.
Tutorial content will be tied more closely to the assignments. Practical examples will be used to help the students understand and apply the concepts covered.
Action Taken
Additional practical examples have been provided in the tutorial content.
Source: SUTE student comment
Some students feel that the instructions for the assessment tasks could be more specific in order to provide clear guidance on what is expected and how to approach the task. By making these improvements, students would be better equipped to succeed in the unit and apply their knowledge in practical settings.
Assessment instructions will be reviewed to ensure they are specific and provide clear guidance on what is expected. Additional resources and support will be provided to help the students successfully complete the assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Assessment instructions have been revised and additional learning resources have been provided.
Source: SUTE
Feedback from this cohort of students did not identify any specific areas in need of improvement. Student satisfaction scores were high.
Maintain good teaching practices contributing to positive learning experiences.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the principles of design to 3D character creation
  2. Apply an understanding of human anatomy to 3D character creation
  3. Produce a 3D character model suitable for real-time rendering using industry-standard software
  4. Produce character texture maps suitable for real-time rendering using industry-standard software
  5. Produce complex materials suitable for real-time rendering using industry-standard software.

Not applicable

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment