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CDW work­shops are split into two semes­ters to work along­side the Flinders Uni­ver­si­ty sched­ule. Those who are not enrolled in the Bach­e­lor of Cre­ative Arts (Visu­al Effects & Enter­tain­ment Design) degree can sign up for one of our 12 week workshops. 

Each class will push your draw­ing, paint­ing, modelling/​texturing, ani­ma­tion and design skills to the next lev­el. Dur­ing the work­shops you will learn how to use indus­try spe­cif­ic pro­grams and tech­niques with a focus on build­ing your portfolio/​showreel. You will see LIVE demon­stra­tions in every class. Dur­ing each work­shop stu­dents are giv­en set assign­ments through­out the semes­ter and will receive week­ly feed­back on their work.

Each CDW course is taught by work­ing indus­try pro­fes­sion­als who have worked for a range of inter­na­tion­al com­pa­nies such as Dis­ney, Bliz­zard Enter­tain­ment, Ris­ing Sun Pic­tures, WETA, Wiz­ards of the Coast and LEGO, just to name a few.

Online Short Courses

Our online short courses are run in conjunction with Flinders University and are targeted at the beginner to intermediate level. These are non-accredited opportunities to learn directly from industry professionals, build your portfolio and upskill in your areas of interest.

Advanced Workshops

Our advanced workshops are aimed at intermediate to advanced level skill sets. Each class is based on assumed foundation-level knowledge and is taught by a world-class industry professional.

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design

The following workshops are exclusively for artists enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Effects and Entertainment Design). Artists also get to study any of the above workshops as part of their degree.


Jeffrey Talbot

I chose to study at CDW after seeing the quality of instruction offered by the industry professional teachers. CDW offered the best possible way for me to learn the skills I need to become a concept artist. I wanted the skills needed to get my foot in the door as a working concept artist. The experience at CDW changed my life as it set me on the path to becoming a concept artist. I have also gained many lifelong friends in both students and teachers along the way.

Phoebe Minervini

My experience so far at CDW has been nothing short of incredible. The atmosphere of alone is inspiring and the instructors are thorough, friendly and always eager to help steer you in the right direction with your work. Throughout my studies thus far, I have seen nothing but improvement in my own work and I’ve had an amazing time studying here.

Jonathan Wenburg

I chose CDW Studios because I wanted a career in visual development. In my opinion there is no better way to learn than to learn from the Pros who can teach you the skill and the realities of working in the entertainment industry. Since I arrived at CDW I have grown not only as an artist but as a person as well. I’ve met friends that inspire and motivate me every day.

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