Animation technology has changed and developed hugely over the years and this is reflected in our curriculum. 


Animation technology has changed and developed hugely over the years and this is reflected in our curriculum. What hasn’t changed is the focus we place on ensuring that all our students are thoroughly grounded in the fundamental principles of true character animation.

Students learn the principles of weight, timing, balance, flow and drag, anticipation, exaggeration and fundamental drawing skills, which produce realistic characters and evoke empathy in the viewer.

Once these skills are mastered, you’ll have the ability to make your most extraordinary creations come to life, no matter what form of animation you work in,  or what software you use – now, or in the future. 

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Animation College offers three qualifications:
The Level 6 Diploma in Applied Animation (two years)
The Level 7 Diploma in Digital Media (one year)
Bachelor of Animation (three years) Level 7 with an optional fourth Honours year

Animation College Diplomas:
More hours spent doing practical animation than any other course in New Zealand.
Animation College Diplomas are hands-on learning and are 99% practical. Diplomas are focused on providing relevant industry skill set and practical studio pipeline knowledge. With high tutor contact hours and foundation skills in traditional life drawing, performance, pre and post production students are able to hone their craft in character animation.

The Level 6 Diploma in Applied Animation is our two-year foundation course. Students choose to specialise in either 2D (traditional / digital or classical) or 3D (CGI or computer-based) animation.

The Level 7 Diploma in Digital Media is a one-year course which follows on after the Diploma in Applied Animation. It offers students (both 2D and 3D) the opportunity to refine their skills and equip themselves for careers in the industry with paid work experience opportunities through Zoolab.

What is Zoolab? 

Employment outcomes:
Animator, Storyboarder, Rigger, 3D modeller, Layout artist, Matte Painter, Illustrator, Concept Artist, Pre-vis Artist


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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Bachelor of Animation with Honours:
Aligned with the NASAD system to provide a global standard of education. A mix of vocational, technical and academic learning to foster creative collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Animation College’s Bachelor of Animation is a three-year course, with an option to go on to a fourth, Honours Year. The degree gives you everything you need to enter the animation industry as a specialist in Story and Character, World-building and Visual Effects, or Interactive Media and Games.

The first two years are devoted to giving you a thorough grounding in all disciplines, so that you can work effectively with other specialists in studio teams, or as a generalist. The third and fourth years let you dig deeper into your chosen field to develop expertise. Fourth year also has you working on original, large-scale stories and interactive concepts, and collaborating with commercial studios and business entrepreneurs on innovative projects.

What sets Animation College qualifications apart from the rest is our focus on teaching storytelling and animation principles to evoke emotion and engage audiences. This gives our students opportunities to develop their creative abilities, understand animation at the deepest level, and work with writers and entrepreneurs to create original and compelling commercial products.

What is NASAD? 
Who follows the NASAD system? 

Employment outcomes:
Multiplatform – Film, TV, VFX, Web & Mobile devices, Emerging technology, Entrepreneurship, and interactive media.

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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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