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Diploma of Animation (Advanced)

Full time, 41 weeks, level 6, NZQA approved

Take your 3D skills to the next level and make your passion for animation a career reality. Animation is all about capturing the essence of movement and making the unreal, real.

Our Diploma of Animation (Advanced) course includes storyboarding, pre-production, animating, character design, modelling and rigging. You'll also develop your visual effects and post production techniques, art and computer graphic design skills and get the inside knowledge on industry practice.  You have a choice between advanced techniques in character modelling and rigging or advanced character animation.

Using industry standard software, create an animated world and bring it to life. Make your characters move, convey thoughts and emotions, and respond to their surroundings.

The Diploma of Animation (Advanced) gives you the skills you need to join this exciting global industry. Put together a showreel that reflects your talent and get set to make your mark on the international stage.

Our Diploma of Animation (Advanced) class size is restricted to an average of 20 students per class.



Course Componentsben-hutchinson2

  • Art and design - develop your creative and design skills; study life drawing, animation and art history, screen composition, lighting and colour; develop your understanding of visual language and how to create storyboards
  • Animation principles - make objects move in a realistic way; learn how to use weight, elasticity, anticipation and exaggeration to show thoughts and attitudes of a character or object
  • Industry practice - learn how copyright and legal issues affect production; how animation production is managed and how workflow is organised; develop communication skills essential for working in animation industries
  • Modelling and rigging - model both mechanical and organic forms using the latest 3D modelling techniques; design and create characters complete with facial expressions and skeletons for use in your animations
  • Character animation - bring simple characters to life; learn how acting and directing can influence animation; create walk cycles; animate a character to convey emotions and thoughts
  • Animation production - finish your animations to a commercial standard; design surfaces and light scenes; manage rendering and complete animation using compositing techniques
  • Visual effects (VFX) - incorporate fog, smoke, fire, water, atmospheres, weather and explosions into your animation
  • Group project - create an animated short film
  • Individual / joint project showreel - apply what you have learnt to produce a short animation to include in your showreel.

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

Note: classes run Monday to Friday.



  • A graded form of assessment is used with standards set to reflect those required in the animation industry.
  • No examinations.
  • All projects are expected to be produced to a commercial standard.
  • You are encouraged to develop technical skills and your own design style.
  • One reassessment opportunity is available for each assignment.
  • Minimum 80% attendance requirements apply.

Equipment & Softwareisobel-kelly-ip


  • Apple Macintosh computers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Sound recording equipment
  • Video production room with studio lighting and green screen


  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Apple Soundtrack Pro

Entry Requirements

Yoobee's Diploma of Animation and Digital Video is designed as an excellent pathway into this course. If you have not done this course, you can still be accepted if you can demonstrate equivalent 3D modelling and animation skills, in your showreel.

If English is not your first language an IELTS 6.0 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.5) or equivalent is required. You can also sit for a Free Yoobee Online English Placement Test as an alternative proof of English level. Contact us for more details.


Course Fees & Related Costs

Course fees

Domestic students: $6,697
International students: $21,300

Domestic course fees are GST inclusive. Course fees could be subject to change.

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For some items the cost will vary depending on the brand of item purchased or on the student’s individual needs. Students are encouraged to discuss the items, especially textbooks, with their tutor before purchasing.

Items provided by the College
  • 1 visual diary
  • Student notes book
  • 300 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota

Essential items to purchase

  • Textbooks (see below) - approx. $150
  • External Firewire/USB hard drive - up to $200
  • 1 MiniDV video tape – approx. $15
  • Headphones – approx. $60
Additional items students may need or wish to purchasegroup-project-trusty
  • 1 SD card – approx. $8
  • 10 CD labels – approx. $15
  • 10 CD presentation cases – approx. $50
  • Storage media (extra CD/DVDs) – up to $70
  • 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
Recommended textbook
  • The Animator's Survival Kit - A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, and Internet Animators by Richard Williams.
    Publisher: Faber & Faber (January 7, 2002). ISBN: 0571202284

Industry Relevance

The course includes a major group project. Working as part of a team, you will create an animated short film using all the skills you have learnt through the course. The completed animation will be shown at a screening to an audience. This group project simulates working in an animation studio.

  • YOOBEE @Natcoll liaises closely with the video, animation and interactive industries to ensure the latest commercial practices are taught.
  • YOOBEE @Natcoll encourages students to work on real industry projects.

These connections with industry mean you will have the skills needed to hit the ground running once you finish your course.probot_1

Career Opportunitiessdixeyshowreel3

  • 3D animator
  • 3D modeller
  • 3D texture artist
  • Character designer
  • Character TD / rigger
  • VFX artist
  • Matte painter
  • Compositor

Further learning

Once you have completed this course, further develop and refine your skills with the Diploma of Digital Filmmaking (Advanced).