Become a 2D or 3D character animator, concept artist or game developer. 

Are you a fan of Hayao Miyazaki? Do you have a soft spot for Disney or Anime? If you’re captivated by the hand-drawn characters of legends like Miyazaki and Walt Disney or a super-savvy techie into using software, not pencils. Well, choose your weapon, and become either a master of 2D Digital or 3D Computer Animation.

Kick start your animation training with an introduction to the theory and practice of animation principles with the Diploma in Animation. This one-year foundation programme gives you the option to explore the fundamentals of character animation, pre-production, specialist software and performance animation, with anatomical knowledge at its very core.  

Gain the fundamental knowledge and skills you need to launch your career as an animator, concept artist or 3D guru. A solid foundation in animation principles and visual communications will set you up to create some insanely cool stuff during our studio sessions – that’s when you get your hands dirty and put into practice everything you’ve been learning – it’s here you’ll learn nuts and bolts of animation methods like movement and dialogue, and build your knowledge of software, workflow and industry practice. Work collaboratively, using the industry standard production pipeline to create an inspiring animation project with your fellow classmates.

Visual storytelling will be a vital part of your craft. We’ll teach you how to turn your brilliant ideas into storyboards and comics, and equip you with some invaluable cinematography techniques. Your first year also comes with a healthy dose of technology training – you’ll work with current industry standard software to develop your understanding of 2D and 3D animation mediums, and you’ll explore some mind-bending ways to use compositing. You’ll even produce your own film clips.

So now you know what we offer and if it sounds like you, then apply below.


Start date: Feb 2018, Auckland, Manukau, Rotorua
Duration: 32 weeks per year
Prerequisite: Level 1 NCEA and complete Portfolio
Credits: Year 1: 120 (NZQA Accredited*) 
Level: NZQF Level 5 (120 Credits)
Study Mode: Full-time
Course code: NZ2634 

Domestic Fees: $9,484*

Fees Free: Check your eligibility here


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