Bachelor & Bridging FAQ

General Admission Category
To be considered for general admission, applicants must:
• Hold NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB grades (preferably including a minimum of 14 NCEA credits at Level 3 in practical art, design or technology subjects), or;
• An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Animation College to be sufficient for admission into a bachelor programme, or;
• have successfully completed an Animation College Qualification, Level 6 or higher.

Discretionary Admission Category
Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, and are at least 16 and under age 20, may apply for discretionary admission. Discretionary admission applicants should:
• have reached a significant level of achievement in year 12, or;
• have successfully completed a relevant foundation programme or tertiary qualification;
• all portfolios should show significant art and design skills and experience (applicants may be asked to attend an interview to ascertain their suitability for admission in some cases).

Special Admission Category
Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, are age 20 or more, are New Zealand residents or permanent residents, and have relevant experience and skills may apply for special admission. The application must be supported by:
• a professional portfolio, and/or;
• documented industry experience.

All applicants must provide evidence of creative abilities and potential in the form of a portfolio.

> A good portfolio may contain a variety of work; animation, sketches, drawings, painting, mixed media,     multimedia, photography, sculpture, creative writting etc.;

> We need to see at least 10 examples of work from applicants.

> If you're really unsure what to include, download some portfolio recommendations here.

Applicants may also be invited to an interview with the Bachelor of Animation Programme Leader.

To gain full insight into the Bachelor of Animation course content, read the Bachelor of Animation course descriptors. The course descriptors include; contact hours, assessment weightings, credit amounts and learning outcomes for each paper. 

Download the Bachelor of Animation course descriptors here.

The Bachelor bridging program will start on the 14th of July 2015 

Updated: 11/06/15

The cost per student is $2,318 NZD*

*Updatd 05/06/2015 price correct at time of edit. May fluctuate pending bridging student numbers.

The Bridging paper consists of two 15 credit papers which equals 30 credits in total.   

Bridging papers are academically based and will cover essential skills which you will need when you continue into the third year of the degree. You are bridging from a predominantly practical course and the degree will require academic skills which you haven't covered in your current course. These skills include; essay writing, research, journal writing and presentation skills. 

It is also a requirement from NZQA that you have these papers before being granted acceptance into a degree program.

Animation College has launched ZooLab to help offer paid work experience to level 7 Students while they are waiting for the bridging program for the degree in the second semester to start.

ZooLab is a joint venture between Animation College and Origami (branding and communications agency). It allows level 7 students paid work experience while they are studying plus ongoing work for college graduates.

The Animation College Diploma in Applied Animation Level 6 and Diploma in Digital Media Level 7 are predominantly practical courses. They have been written as vocational (hands-on) courses with a high amount of tutor contact time. They are also purposely focused on character animation and training students with current industry practice and pipeline skills to get them into entry level studio positions. 

The Animation College Bachelor of Animation is split academic and practical skills sets. It has a foundation of core skills over two years where students learn various practices of soft skills, visual communication skills, character design, narrative studies, 2D, 3D. Students are expected to drive their own learning and will be given access to facilities to explore, create, collaborate and work autonomously. In the third year students have the choice of three majors to tailor their learning experience, with an optional honours year preceding this. This course has been designed to inspire students to create their own intellectual property, apply for seed funding and self-start their own ideas. 

Yes, however you maybe required to complete two 15 credit bridging papers before you can stream into the Bachelor.

Students will need the skills learnt in the third year to prepare their pitch for their project in the honors year. Essential research and development skills in the third year lay the foundation and create key working briefs for student's honours year. It is also a requirement from NZQA that students have a degree level year before being granted acceptance into a honours program.

Studying at a Degree or Bachelor level can open up higher levels of employment, both locally and abroad, or give the necessary skills to self-start your own business concepts.

The Animation College Bachelor of Animation gives you a cross disciplinary skill set with two years of study in core principles across a wide range of practices and two years of specialist skills in a major that you select.    

$9,272 NZD per annum. (Domestic Student fee).

See What you need to know about your fees in the application FAQ.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Animation College New Zealand Limited is accredited to teach it.

Kua Whakamanahia tēnei akoranga e Te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa i raro i te wāhanga 249 o te Ture Mātauranga 1989, ā, kua whakamanahia a Animation College New Zealand Limited ki te whakarato i taua akoranga i raro i te wāhanga 250 o te Ture.


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Posted by Sam Waaka on
Is it Possible to do the bridging papers from another part of the country (like Christchurch) or do I have to be physically at the course?
Posted by jaimee on
is there any kind of way to bridge from 3d to 2d for degree or would i have to start from 1st year of degree course?
Posted by animationcollege on
Hey Sam,

You will have to be physically present in class for the bridging papers. Currently there is no correspondence option available.
Posted by animationcollege on
Hey Jaimee,

this is tricky because there are multiple papers that you would need to have before jumping into a 2D Degree level from 3D.

However we will look into some options for you, please follow this question up with Sharon tomorrow.
Posted by Jesse on
Can we have some pictures of the floor plans on the website. Also some lockers would be nice in the new building, as well as a sound proof padded (to stop echoing) audio recording room.
Posted by animationcollege on
Hey Jesse,

The plans have not been finalised yet, but will be available when complete.

I'll forward your locker request on. It is also highly likely that the new sound facilities will be custom fitted to optimal sound recording.
Posted by Jesse on
Is there also a chance of a motion capture area and software being available for the degree?
Posted by Dora on
How many papers will be in the course?
For a first year student, is the course going cover the first year diploma stuff? If so, is the class going to be shared with first year diploma students?
Are classes going to overlap at all?
Posted by Naomi on

I'm currently doing a bachelors degree in Waikato University doing computer graphic design (just finished second year), would I be able to go into bachelors or honours of this course straight away (with a portfolio added and such).

Thank you for reading, kind regards.
Posted by Guru on
Is it possible to go directly into the bridging papers, and then the degree after the first year of a diploma?
Posted by animationcollege on
Hi Guru,

You may come under the Discretionary Admission Category - see 'What are the admission categories?' in the FAQ above, place your application via the Online Application Form and our admissions team will be in contact with next steps.
Posted by animationcollege on
Hi Naomi,

With your application you could be granted access under the discretionary admission category. However as the Degree is launching first year next year, the Bachelor year will not be available until 2016.
Posted by animationcollege on
Hi Jesse,

Yes! There will be custom fitted Green Screen and VFX facilities within the new Animation College campus.
Posted by animationcollege on
Hi Dora,

There are 6 papers in the first year, 6 in the second year, 5 papers within the major (that you choose) and 2 papers in the honors year.

The Diploma course are a separate stream to the Bachelor stream, both course have different structured lectures and lessons.

There will be the opportunity to collaborate between Bachelor streams.
Posted by Tate on
Hi there, with the bridgeing papers. Will that be included in the course fees?
Posted by Kat on
Is it possible to bridge into the 2nd year of the Degree if you have a Level 6 Diploma in Animation from a different College?
Posted by animationcollege on
Hi Tate,

no, the bridging courses are separate to the main course and will require specialist lecturers to deliver them. We have an estimate above of what the bridging papers might cost, in any case they are likely to go down pending course numbers.
Posted by animationcollege on
Hi Kat,

yes this is entirely possible. We will require a copy of your transcripts detailing which unit standards you have studied so we can compare them to our own programme. In any case you will need to complete a bridging paper as you will be transferring from a practical course into an academic one.
Posted by Ray on
Dear Animation college

Is the Bachelor known world wide?.... for future jobs outside New Zealand.

Looking forward to your reply.

Posted by animationcollege on
Hi Ray,

This is the inaugural year for the Bachelor or Animation so the course is yet to be rated until our first class graduates (in 2017).

It is NZQA accredited and has been aligned to NASAD system (more on that here:

We hope to gain worldwide recognition for the Bachelor and form international relationships for further study and student pathways in the future.
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