Diploma of Animation and Digital Video

  • Full Time:
    35 or 41 weeks
  • NZQA Level 5
  • Introductory
  • Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland

Always dreaming up fantastical characters in wondrous worlds? Spend your weekends making wacky home videos? Turn your obsession into a career with our Diploma of Animation and Digital Video. Unlock the magic world of storytelling, build your design skills and learn the latest techniques in animation and video production. Work on projects from idea to reality. Learn to shoot, capture and edit digital video, record voiceovers, edit music and create your own soundtracks.

You’ll master the latest industry standard techniques for 3D modelling and animation as well as post-production finishing touches. Once you’ve nailed this diploma, you can take it to the next level with Yoobee’s Diploma of Digital Filmmaking (Advanced) or Diploma of Animation (Advanced).

Entry Requirements

Blind us with your artistic brilliance by submitting examples of your most creative work. It could be painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, computer-based design, or any other medium that inspires you.

Our Certificate in Digital Media (iCreate) is the perfect stepping stone into this course, and knowing your way around digital imaging software (like Adobe Photoshop) and illustration software (such as Adobe Illustrator) is a distinct advantage.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need an IELTS 5.5 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.0) or equivalent. Alternatively, sit our free Online English Placement Test. Contact us for more details.

Blind us with your artistic brilliance by submitting examples of your most creative work. It could be painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, computer-based design, or any other medium that inspires you.

Our Certificate in Digital Media (iCreate) is the perfect stepping stone into this course, and knowing your way around digital imaging software (like Adobe Photoshop) and illustration software (such as Adobe Illustrator) is a distinct advantage.

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need an IELTS 5.5 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.0) or equivalent. Alternatively, sit our free Online English Placement Test. Contact us for more details.

Course Components

  • Story-telling - develop storytelling skills essential to communication using animation and moving images. Learn how to structure a story and hold an audience’s attention.

  • Image manipulation - learn to use digital image manipulation and illustration software (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) and techniques to create assets for video and animation production. Discover how to solve common digital imaging problems.

  • Design - study the principles of design and design process to define the genre and stylistic attributes of animation and video projects.

  • Introduction to video post production - develop a storyline and script for a video production; plan and produce video for various purposes; shoot, capture and edit digital video.

  • Introduction to 3D modelling -learn to model a range of hard body and organic 3D forms for use in video and animation projects; surface, light, composite and render simple 3D scenes.

  • Audio post production - record voiceovers; edit music and voice tracks; create soundtracks for use in video and animation production.

  • Introduction to 3D animation-learn to critically evaluate animation; produce 3D animation, which demonstrates effective use of the principles of animation.

  • Individual project - create your own video or animation project.

  • Workshops - copyright, production planning, workflow, presentations, guest speakers, film analysis, idea generation and development, drawing and design exercises. Our workshops help you develop essential skills and knowledge for animation and video production.

Course content is subject to change to ensure continued industry relevance.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is standards-based, which means you need to meet all the standards set for a particular task – there are no marks or exams. All your projects must be produced to a commercial standard and you’re encouraged to develop technical skills and your own design style. Reassessment opportunities are available. Minimum 80% attendance is required.

  • Story-telling - develop storytelling skills essential to communication using animation and moving images. Learn how to structure a story and hold an audience’s attention.

  • Image manipulation - learn to use digital image manipulation and illustration software (Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator) and techniques to create assets for video and animation production. Discover how to solve common digital imaging problems.

  • Design - study the principles of design and design process to define the genre and stylistic attributes of animation and video projects.

  • Introduction to video post production - develop a storyline and script for a video production; plan and produce video for various purposes; shoot, capture and edit digital video.

  • Introduction to 3D modelling -learn to model a range of hard body and organic 3D forms for use in video and animation projects; surface, light, composite and render simple 3D scenes.

  • Audio post production - record voiceovers; edit music and voice tracks; create soundtracks for use in video and animation production.

  • Introduction to 3D animation-learn to critically evaluate animation; produce 3D animation, which demonstrates effective use of the principles of animation.

  • Individual project - create your own video or animation project.

  • Workshops - copyright, production planning, workflow, presentations, guest speakers, film analysis, idea generation and development, drawing and design exercises. Our workshops help you develop essential skills and knowledge for animation and video production.

Course content is subject to change to ensure continued industry relevance.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is standards-based, which means you need to meet all the standards set for a particular task – there are no marks or exams. All your projects must be produced to a commercial standard and you’re encouraged to develop technical skills and your own design style. Reassessment opportunities are available. Minimum 80% attendance is required.

Equipment & Software

Equipment

  • Apple Mac or PC computers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Video production room with studio lighting and blue / green screen

Software

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Audition

Equipment

  • Apple Mac or PC computers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Video production room with studio lighting and blue / green screen

Software

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Audition

Fees

Course Fees

Domestic Students: $6958, International students: $21,300

Course Costs

Some of these costs might vary depending on the brand you buy and your individual needs. Best to have a chat with your tutor before you go shopping!

Items provided by ACG Yoobee

  • 1 visual diary
  • Software manuals
  • 300 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota

Essential items to purchase

  • External hard drive – up to $200
  • Over the ear headphones – approx. $120
  • 1 SDHC card (class 10) - apprx $40

Other stuff you might need:

  • Extra print credits – up to $80 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Extra internet quota – up to $100 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Sundry stationery – up to $100

Course Fees

Domestic Students: $6958, International students: $21,300

Course Costs

Some of these costs might vary depending on the brand you buy and your individual needs. Best to have a chat with your tutor before you go shopping!

Items provided by ACG Yoobee

  • 1 visual diary
  • Software manuals
  • 300 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota

Essential items to purchase

  • External hard drive – up to $200
  • Over the ear headphones – approx. $120
  • 1 SDHC card (class 10) - apprx $40

Other stuff you might need:

  • Extra print credits – up to $80 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Extra internet quota – up to $100 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Sundry stationery – up to $100

Start Dates

  • Christchurch

    • 9 Feb 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 13 Jul 2015 to 15 Apr 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
  • Wellington

    • 9 Feb 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 30 Mar 2015 to 12 Feb 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 11 May 2015 to 24 Mar 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
  • Auckland

    • 9 Feb 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 11 May 2015 to 24 Mar 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 13 Jul 2015 to 1 Apr 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
  • Christchurch

    • 9 Feb 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 13 Jul 2015 to 15 Apr 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
  • Wellington

    • 9 Feb 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 30 Mar 2015 to 12 Feb 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 11 May 2015 to 24 Mar 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
  • Auckland

    • 9 Feb 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 11 May 2015 to 24 Mar 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks
    • 13 Jul 2015 to 1 Apr 2016 - 35 or 41 weeks