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Stand out from the crowd. Learn sought-after, career defining skills in ten weeks or less. AUArts Micro-credentials are a flexible, affordable way to learn practical real-world skills and amplify your career.

What are Micro-Credentials?

Micro-credentials are short, focused courses that allow you to master high-demand skills and industry standard competencies with a flexible learning path. Earning an AUArts micro-credential shows employers you’re dedicated to professional growth, enhancing your employability, and keeping you relevant in todays competitive job market. Up-skill, re-skill, and stay-skilled to rise above the rest.

  • Focus on specialized, competency-based learning and assessment that aligns with industry standard skills. Gain cutting edge skills that put you at the forefront of your industry.
  • Life can get hectic. Micro-credentials are a flexible and convenient learning alternative. Save valuable time while pushing your career forward… guilt free.
  • Earn and market your skills as you grow. Share what you’ve learned with peers, employers, and more.
  • Self paced & learner driven. With no scheduled classes, YOU run the show. Find the time that suits you or use any spare moment to move forward in your course. Complete your work over the course of 10-week or less to earn a digital badge. 

Achieve a digital badge upon completion and stack badges to earn higher credentials in your field. Choose your own destiny by customizing a learning pathway that fits your career needs.


Completion of a Micro-credential is based on achieving a grade of at least 70% across all assignments and assessments. With a short grace period for those that need must resubmit any assignments or assessments. 

What is a Digital Badge?

Digital badges are electronic images containing secure, encrypted metadata, verifying your ability to demonstrate industry skills. Share on LinkedIn and Facebook, attach to your resume, or add to your website. Get the shine you deserve while sharing your commitment to growth.

Why Choose Micro-Credentials?

Credibility & Convenience!

Micro-Credential courses have no specific start or end dates and no scheduled class times. Register and start when it suits you.

Then, work at your own pace, on your own time, from the comfort of your own home or favourite creative space. 

Micro-Credential course also include access to professional educators and artists for help, feedback, discussions and assessments. Ensuring you're following the right path to your goals. 

Industry recognized professional development!

Micro-Credential's are paving the way for anyone looking to quickly stand out to employers in competitive job markets.

Start your journey now...

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Available Micro-Credentials by Discipline


Animation Foundations

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Introduction to Drawing*


$950 + GST

Learn foundational elements of drawing, basic drawing techniques, best composition practices, and how to accurately draw the human form. You will also explore and practice a range of approaches using various media. In addition to video lessons from an expert covering a range of topics, you will be able to communicate with your instructor and your colleagues on a discussion board and in optional live sessions. You will receive feedback on your work from an experienced practitioner as you deepen your knowledge and improve your composition skills.

Digital Lab for Animators*


$950 + GST

Get introduced to the software packages used most often when creating digital animations: Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, and Toon Boom Harmony. You will explore the differences between traditional, hand-drawn animation, and digital animation. You will learn how to use each program on its own and in conjunction with each other as you practice using essential tools and identify their strengths and weaknesses. You will also create projects to demonstrate your mastery of basic skills and your work will be evaluated based on your technical understanding of each program.

Fundamentals in Animation*


$950 + GST

Learn and apply fundamental principles of animation. Learn how to communicate personality, emotions, and behaviour through several short-animated motion assignments, while also exploring various conceptual, aesthetic, and technical approaches to the discipline. You have the option of working in or out of the digital realm; however, all project post-production will be created using digital software. You will create projects to demonstrate your mastery of foundational animation skills and your work will be evaluated based on your understanding of fundamental principles.

*Required to start Animation Certificate


Character Illustration & Design

Course Name


Drawing for Animators

Micro-Credential Coming Soon

The process of developing animation is just as important as the final product. You will use drawing as a tool of communication as you explore the medium with an emphasis on obtaining visual understanding of mass, gesture, the human figure, weight, and balance. Work through appropriate conceptual, aesthetic, and a technical approach for your individual projects.

Intermediate Animation

Micro-Credential Coming Soon

Concentrate on hand-drawn 2D character animation as you gain a solid understanding of the construction and mechanics of the human form and how to effectively depict movement, through figure drawing and motion studies. Pay special attention to character development and how to communicate story points and emotion using animation principles and technical basics. Develop your visual language and technical knowledge, including soundtrack design while creating a short project.

Storyboards for Animators

Micro-Credential Coming Soon

Translate your idea or script into moving visuals through storyboarding. You will consider frame composition, camera moves and angles, character blocking, and layout drawings. Discover the full potential of storyboarding through completion of an animatic to evaluate the flow of your narrative and sound design. Projects are student directed, you will work on an original idea or adapt an existing source.

Visual Story & Character Development

Micro-Credential Coming Soon

Learn the art of creating a story and visual development that is essential to making a compelling animated short film. Projects will explore different approaches to story structure allowing you to find your own voice while making the appropriate improvements to help convey concepts. Emphasis will be on understanding the technical use of cinematic language, emotion, and environment essential to story, as you gain an understanding of the importance of preproduction for an animation project.


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After Effects

Micro-Credential Coming Soon

Learn the fundamentals of After Effects and how to create simple animation techniques using the software. You will be introduced to the basic interface, and gain an understanding of how to create compositions, import assets, in addition to learning compositing and colour grading principles. You will also learn basic motion graphics techniques by animating shapes and text, and how to create movement and keyframes alongside an audio track.


Micro-Credential Coming Soon

Get introduced to the 3D software, Maya, learn basic functions and how to use them to create animations. Master the basic tools for navigating the software, as you gain a solid understanding of introductory modeling, rigging, lighting, and key frame animation. You will work on several small projects to learn how the interface works, while applying the principles of animation as you grow your creative understanding and output of 3D animation.


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Enterprise & Studio Practices for Animators

Micro-Credential Coming Soon

You will examine professional issues and responsibilities you may face in your animation practice, including creating a curriculum vitae and portfolio, grant writing and project budgeting, and pitch packages. You will also discuss festival submissions, contracts, and concerns associated with starting an artistic practice in animation. Project selection and component deadlines are mostly student directed.

Capstone Project

Coming Soon 

Work on a career focused project suitable for professional presentation under the guidance of your instructor. You will determine the focus of your project, and in consultation with you instructor, establish a schedule for individual meetings and deliverables to stay on track and produce a strong portfolio worthy project.