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Make good use of your spare time. Take this online course and get up and running with Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard software for creating vector art. Illustrator is used to create beautiful illustrations, logo and identity design, packaging, fashion design, web design and more.

Grasp its basic tools and functions, create your own advertisement and a product or logo, draw images using pixels, vectors, lines and grids then transform them with colour, fills, strokes and brushes. You’ll learn how to use pen, paint, shape and shade tools, and move, scale and rotate images.

You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Adobe Illustrator software. A month long free trial can be downloaded from the Adobe site. You can also subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This gives you monthly access to the complete Creative Suite.

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Fascinated by facial animation? Learn the tricks of the trade including analysing and storyboarding facial expressions, lip movement and vocal syncing, planning facial movement and animating lips, eyes and brows to achieve different expressions. We’ll also cover loading a rig, rig controls, animating to audio, using the graph editor and creating realistic movement. Basically everything you need to know to get you started with facial animation using Maya! 

Study at your own pace, with plenty of help and support through Yoobee’s online forums. You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Autodesk Maya. A one month free trial of Maya can be downloaded from the Autodesk site. You can also join the Autodesk Education Community. This gives you free access to Maya for as long as you are learning.

41 weeks NZQA Level 7

Want to bring fantastic stories to life? Make the unreal, real? The impossible, possible? Specialise in advanced 3D productions and become a leading agent of change in tomorrow’s CG industry.

Whether you dream of becoming an animator, texture artist, visual effects artist or technical director, our Diploma in Advanced 3D Graphics will teach you how to use your craft to shape the frontiers of our digital world.

This studio based programme gives you in-depth knowledge of how a real production environment works and how to create full CG film.  Working closely with industry, you’ll master advanced skills on industry standard software and have the guidance and resources you need to create short film and demo reel – the single most valuable tool to finding a job you love.

Immerse yourself in film productions, specialise and build your understanding of production pipeline techniques, and ignite fresh thinking. This course will give you the skills you need to become an employable artist in a visionary field.

Full of brilliant, crazy ideas?  Then make sure the world sees them!

41 weeks NZQA Level 6

The internet has revolutionised the way we communicate, shop, bank, play games and share information. The pace of change is skyrocketing – and so too is the demand for talented internet professionals.
ACG Yoobee’s Diploma of Web Development equips you with the web programming, design and usability skills you need to build feature-rich, database-driven websites.  Websites that are not just good looking and easy to use, but that can also incorporate innovative and complex features, like shopping carts and auctions.

By the end of the course you’ll have produced an online portfolio that showcases your design and technical skills, and makes potential employers sit up and take notice. They’ll be left in no doubt that you are the new generation of internet professionals.

 

41 weeks NZQA Level 6

Take your 3D skills to the next level and bring your ideas – and your career – to life. Animation is all about capturing the essence of movement and making the unreal, real.

ACG Yoobee's Diploma of Animation (Advanced) includes storyboarding, pre-production, animating, character design, modelling and rigging. You'll develop your visual effects and post production techniques, art and computer graphic design skills and get the inside scoop on industry practice. Choose between advanced techniques in character modelling and rigging or advanced character animation.

This course is your ticket to this rapidly evolving global industry. Create a showreel to showcase your talent and get set to make your mark on the international stage.

35 or 41 weeks NZQA Level 5

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).

35 Weeks NZQA Level 7

The Diploma of Digital Media (Advanced) is designed to build on your current education and experience. It lets you innovate, experiment, pursue your own project ideas and create some amazing work, enabling you to broaden your skills as a visual communicator.

Whether you want to work in print, motion graphics or interactive media, our intensive hands-on Digital Media programme will help you take the next step in your career.

In a supportive and creative studio environment, you’ll extend your existing technical skills, learn how to further develop your ideas and produce a cutting-edge portfolio showcasing your digital design production work.

 

35 or 41 weeks NZQA Level 6

Fire up your design career with ACG Yoobee’s Diploma of Computer Graphic Design. Combine artistry with technology to communicate ideas and define commercial identities. Master the technologies that lie at the core of the industry, and develop the skills today’s employers crave.
This course will teach you how to design and produce printed material that’s cool and cutting-edge. From posters, magazines, books and brochures to advertisements, illustrations, display items, and company logos. Plus you’ll learn how to apply your skills to digital publishing for iPad and other mobile technology.

Duration of this course of 35 or 41 weeks is intake dependent. Speak with the Student Services Advisor for more details.

12 or 24 weeks NZQA Level 3

This unique programme improves you English skills and gives you a introduction to Graphic Design, Multimedia Design, Filmmaking and Interactive Design.

You will learn the basics of design and improve your academic english at the same time.  Based at our Auckland design school campus, this is no ordinary language programme,  you will be surrounded by creative students and the latest technology.

Forget language schools where no one speaks English outside of class – at ACG Yoobee School of Design you can socialise with New Zealand and international students as you improve your English and create exciting design work using the Adobe Creative Suite.

25 weeks, part time NZQA Level 3

The Certificate in Digital Media is an exciting opportunity to explore digital design. It’s where your creativity meets digital technology.

Using digital still and video cameras and computers, you’ll produce a wide range of original art that combines traditional and digital media. You’ll also learn digital illustration techniques, how to create images and pages for the web, how to capture and edit video, and how to create and animate 2D and 3D objects. This work is complemented with a wide range of art and creative practices to further enhance your skills base and prepare you for futher study.

2 Years NZQA Level 7

Want to use your artistic prowess for designing games? Our Diploma in Game Art – new in 2014 – is the ultimate offering.

Game design is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet, and this course will open doors to its most visionary gaming studios.

Each year you will study for 41 weeks. You will create games in teams in a studio style setting, develop your graphical style and express your stories through games. By the end of the programme you will have developed an interactive portfolio that will show off your creative works.

41 Weeks NZQA Level 6

If you’ve always wanted to make movies and music videos, then this is the programme for you. You’ll learn how to shoot quality footage and turn it into a work of art using advanced digital post production techniques.

Working in a team you’ll write, direct and shoot your own short film. Then you’ll learn how to enhance it using post production techniques like editing, audio mixing, motion graphics, compositing, and visual effects (VFX).

By the end of the course you’ll have a showreel to impress prospective employers, as well as your own short film - the perfect tools to land you an exciting job in film, television or post production.

48 Weeks NZQA Level 7

ACG Yoobee School of Design is now offering a one-year pathway programme to the Open Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSci) at our Auckland Campus.

The programme features a blended onsite/online-learning model, with students studying at Auckland’s City Road campus under Yoobee tutors, while leveraging Open Polytechnic’s online learning resources. You can obtain a full Bachelor’s degree in only one year of study, right here on the ACG Yoobee campus.

  • Upgrade to a degree and enhance your profile with potential employers

  • Gain new skills in project management, managing technology and innovation

  • All required classes are held in the morning, leaving you free to undertake part-time employment in afternoons and evenings

  • We provide a supportive environment – the online help desk available as well as support from online lecturer and a ACG Yoobee degree facilitator

  • A Yoobee $2000 fees scholarship is available for the top applicant

  • No exams, all courses are internally assessed

15 weeks, full time NZQA Level 3

The Certificate in Digital Media is an exciting opportunity to explore digital design. It’s where your creativity meets digital technology.

Using digital still and video cameras and computers, you’ll produce a wide range of original art that combines traditional and digital media. You’ll also learn digital illustration techniques, how to create images and pages for the web, how to capture and edit video, and how to create and animate 2D and 3D objects. This work is complemented with a wide range of art and creative practices to further enhance your skills base and prepare you for futher study.

15 weeks, full time NZQA Level 3

Got digital design in your DNA? iCreate explores the high-octane world of digital media, and is the perfect course to unlock your imagination, enhance your skills and prepare you for further study. This is where your creativity and digital technology collide – and multiply!

Using digital still and video cameras and computers, you’ll produce a wide range of original art that combines traditional and digital media. You’ll also learn digital illustration techniques and how to create images and pages suitable for web publication, how to capture and edit video, and how to create and animate 2D and 3D objects. This work is complemented by a wide range of art and creative practices to further enhance your skills base and prepare you for further study..

12 weeks

Busting to break into the web industry, but don’t have quite the right skills? Prepared to do whatever it takes to land a job you love? Then strap yourself in and hold on tight. Yoobee’s Web Design (Front End) Boot Camp will get you where you want to go, lightning fast.

It’ll be the most intensive 12 weeks of your life – and possibly the most life-changing. You’ll spend 60+ hours a week immersed in hands on, industry standard training. Half of that will be spent with your insanely talented tutors, while the other half will see you flexing your creative muscles on team and individual projects. Not only will you graduate with a portfolio that sets you apart in the job market, we’ll also help you apply for internships with leading web design studios. Our well-connected student employment coordinator will give you the inside scoop on current vacancies in the industry and help you prepare for your interviews.

2 days

Whet your creative appetite with our graphic design short course. Build your understanding of graphic design and the creative process, learn how to make documents, and communicate using layout, styling, typography, hierarchy and image handling using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

2 days

Learn InDesign tools and processes around large topics such as tables, interactive PDF’s and nested styles.

The course includes instruction and demonstration of advanced techniques and improved work-flow, recapping on optimised tab settings, conditional text and handy tips for using Photoshop files within InDesign.

It is recommended to have completed the Introduction to InDesign course.

2 days

Take a sneak peek into the exciting world of Photoshop. Create your own images and enhance your designs using simple editing tools and image manipulation techniques. You’ll learn how to manage layers, make selections, create digital illustrations, manipulate photos, and apply effects and output files for your design purposes.

You don’t need experience, but proficiency with computers is a must.

2 days

Get up and running with Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard software for creating vector art.

Learn how to create illustrations, diagrams, logos, advertisements and single page layouts with text and graphics using drawing, painting and text manipulation Illustrator tools.

7 weeks

Learn the technical skills to plan and build a website to an industry standard. The course includes front end design and development, HTML and CSS, design principles for web, troubleshooting, back end database management and integrating PHP and MySQL. You will learn forms to CSS drop downs, integrating jQuery and media queries.

Beginners welcome, proficiency with computers required.

This is a part-time course.

2 days

Dive into InDesign.

Learn the key layout principles of graphic design and use basic techniques to create single-page and multi-page documents using this industry standard desktop publishing program. You’ll cover text formatting, styles, tables, basic drawing and effects.

Self-paced

Take your web design skills to a whole new level - learn to write HTML5 pages beyond the document type, design websites with CSS3 at ease and speed up your workflow with the power of SASS.  You’ll learn to integrate HTML5 semantically through your web pages and generate well formatted CSS with SASS, a popular CSS pre-processor.

This short course covers HTML5 semantics; transitioning (X) HTML structural mark up to HTML5 elements; SASS basics: experience cleaner markup; Advanced SASS techniques: using variables, CSS3 the easy way using mixins, fluid grid systems, making sprites a breeze.  You’ll design device responsive web pages in HTML5/CSS3 using SASS, Compass and Sublime Text 2.

You need to have a basic level of HTML, CSS and web standards, and we also recommend you to complete the Introduction to HTML5 and CSS3 course first.

2 days

This bite-sized course will show you how to create a basic website using HTML5 & CSS3. You’ll learn how to create your own HTML document using plain text editor, format text, set up pictures and links using HTML, and add style using CSS documents. We’ll also teach you how to add custom colour and text, extra pages, outgoing links and multimedia to a website.  Plus plenty of other tips and tricks to future proof your website.

You’ll need basic computer skills on a PC or MAC, and access to a browser and text-editing program (notepad, textedit etc.)

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Wish you could create social media campaigns that really pack a punch? Learn how in your own time with this 4 week online course. If you’re already on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, this course will give you an opportunity to complete a range of activities that will take your social media presence to the next level. Catering for the beginner and intermediate in social media, you’ll learn how to reach and engage your customers, and generate real-world business value.

Grow your business by developing an effective social media strategy and creating unique and engaging content for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Tumblr. We’ll teach you how to measure the effectiveness of your campaigns; write reports using social media data and analytics; create, monitor and measure Facebook ads and sponsored stories; and create content for a website or blog that drives action. You’ll also learn how to monitor what customers are saying about your company and how to respond professionally. This course will ensure you gain visibility in a noisy world.

You’ll need existing social media accounts set up and some basic knowledge of the social platforms. Learn online at your own pace and interact with other students and your tutor through our Yoobee online forums.

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Pining to master Premiere Pro? Our online short course will teach you how to capture footage, set up a timeline and gain an understanding of video formats, compression and importing audio. You’ll create transitions and export your finished edits to suit your desired delivery platform.

Learn at your own pace with plenty of support through our online forums. You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Premiere Pro software. A month long free trial can be downloaded from the Adobe site. You can also subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This gives you monthly access to the complete Creative Suite.

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Mad about modelling? Want to dip your toes into the world of modelling game assets? In this course you’ll create a model and take it through all the steps needed to get it ready for a game engine, without losing the detail of a high resolution model. You’ll cover modelling techniques, UV mapping, sculpting, normal maps, texture maps, lighting, and rendering and export for game engines. Learn at your own pace, with plenty of support through our online forums.

You’ll need computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. A one month free trial of Maya can be downloaded from the Autodesk site. You can also join the Autodesk Education Community which gives you free access to Maya for as long as you’re learning. Adobe Photoshop is available for a free 30-day trial at https://creative.adobe.com/products/photoshop.

2 days

Become an invaluable asset to your work team – become an expert in Photoshop! This course is a great follow on from our Introduction to Photoshop and teaches you how to optimise images for web and create images using blending modes, adjustment layers, drawing and painting tools, layer styles, advanced colour correcting and more.

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Want to create your own website? Or even just update your existing one? This course will give you the skills you need to get the job done. Learn how to create a basic website using HTML5 & CSS3. We’ll teach you how to create your own HTML document using plain text editor, format text, set up pictures and links using HTML, and add style using CSS documents. You’ll also cover how to add custom colour and text, extra pages, outgoing links and multimedia to a website.

Learn at your own pace with plenty of support through our online forums. You’ll need access to a browser and text-editing program such as Notepad, TextEdit, or Komodo (Free), plus basic computer skills on a PC or MAC.

2 days

Bring your brilliant illustrations to life by introducing 3D elements to your artwork, using Adobe Illustrator. Learn about the perspective grid and gradient mesh tools, master non-destructive design with the appearance panel, save and reuse graphic styles, and learn about textures, patterns and symbols.

It’s the ideal follow on course from our Introduction to Illustrator.

Self Paced

After Effects is a powerful application used to create motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, broadcast graphics and music videos. This course will teach you how to create sophisticated motion graphics using text and object animation, compositing videos and images and adding audio effects. Cover basic animation of shapes and layers, working with keyframes, effects and layer options, 3D layers, cameras and rendering and colour grading and enhancing footage. The course will also teach you about track mattes and keyring, motion tracking and stabilisation, time remapping, image sequences and playing with particles.

Study at your own pace with plenty of support through our online forums. You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Adobe After Effects software. A month long free trial can be downloaded from Adobe. You can also subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This gives you monthly access to the complete Creative Suite.

7 weeks, part time

In this comprehensive introduction to Graphic Design course you will learn skills in Abobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat.

You will create your first ideas on paper and learn the principles of design required to take the ideas into final digital concepts, making ready for print, web and multimedia.

You will explore typography, type, colour and image, page layout, hierarchy, brand and historical design contexts. You will get to take home your printed work.

Take the next step and realise your visual ideas.

2 days

Master the art of 3D modelling using the industry leading Autodesk Maya – the 3D computer graphics software used by entertainment, film and gaming professionals. Gain the skills to begin your own basic modelling projects by exploring 3D modelling production techniques and tool sets.

2 days

After Effects is a powerful application used to create motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, broadcast graphics and music videos. This course will teach you how to create sophisticated motion graphics using text and object animation, compositing videos and images and adding audio effects. Cover basic animation of shapes and layers, working with keyframes, effects and layer options, 3D layers, cameras and rendering and colour grading and enhancing footage. The course will also teach you about track mattes and keyring, motion tracking and stabilisation, time remapping, image sequences and playing with particles.

Self-paced

Fire up your Photoshop skills and discover why it’s the go-to digital-imaging software for photographers, designers, and web and video professionals. Understand the history behind graphics and design and learn how to design graphics for web, video and print. Create a web banner, a flyer and an A4 poster from photos and graphics.

Learn how to add text to photos, work with layers, create retouch photos using different methods, and use selection tools to copy and composite images. Use different methods of colour correction for different effects, manipulate colour grade to change the look and feel of photos and learn how to create amazing special effects. You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Adobe Photoshop software. A month long free trial can be downloaded from the Adobe site. You can also subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This gives you monthly access to the complete Creative Suite.

2 days

Pining to master Premiere Pro? Our 2 day short course will teach you how to capture footage, set up a timeline and gain an understanding of video formats, compression and importing audio. You’ll create transitions and export your finished edits to suit your desired delivery platform.

You’ll need basic computer and file management skills, and be sure to bring a USB to save your work.

Self-paced

Create show-stopping magazines, newsletters, brochures, and more, using Adobe InDesign – the industry standard in document layout software. Build awesome InDesign skills in just 4 weeks! Perfect for those with little or no experience using the software. Learn all you need to know about setting up documents, working with text frames, importing and working with images, and arranging, stacking and layering elements. You’ll also cover text formatting, shape and line tools and text effects.

Study at your own pace with plenty of support through our online forums. You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Adobe InDesign software. A month long free trial can be downloaded from the Adobe site. You can also subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This gives you monthly access to the complete Creative Suite.

2 days

Do you want to create social media campaigns that create BUZZ within your business?

You will learn how to use social media to reach and engage your customers and assist with generating business. You will complete a range of activities from social media strategy, effective use of social media to content creation and policy.

Self-paced

Become a Photoshop whiz in your spare time. Photoshop is the industry standard software in digital imaging and is a favourite tool of photographers, designers, web professionals, and video professionals. Make it yours too! Build on your existing knowledge of Photoshop, and learn how to make the most of this awesome software. Work with advanced paragraph and character options, use advanced layer styles and blending modes, create effects using filters, use liquify tools and create custom brushes.

Learn to use vector drawing and shape tools, create swatch libraries and spot colour channels, use monotone and duotone colour modes and use the layers panel to next layers.

The course will also show you how to create layer comps, use paths for clear cutting and masks, use image manipulation tools, toning and colour retouching tools, and export images, vectors and batch process.

You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC and some experience in the basic functions of Adobe Photoshop. You’ll need to have Adobe Photoshop software. A month long free trial can be downloaded from the Adobe site. You can also subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud. This gives you monthly access to the complete Creative Suite.

2 days

Learn to write HTML5 pages beyond the document type, design websites with CSS3 at ease and speed up your workflow with the power of SASS.

You will learn to integrate HTML5 semantically through your web pages and generate well formatted CSS with SASS, a popular CSS pre-processor.

It is recommended to have completed the Introduction to HTML 5 and CSS3 course.

7 weeks, part time

Channel your inner filmmaker and create your own short film, from script through to post production and special effects.

We’ll teach you how to write, shoot, edit and create VFX for a short film. Delve into ideation and script writing, storyboarding and pre-production, camera operation and shooting, as well as rough cut edit, final edit, sound design, motion graphics and VFX. Then blow your friends and family away during a special screening on the final night of the course!

You’ll need basic computer skills, including file management, and Photoshop skills will come in handy. You will use Celtx (free software), Adobe Creative Cloud Premiere Pro, Audition and After Effects. You’ll also need a digital SLR camera that can record video.

2 days

Interested in multimedia, 2D animation or web design? Learn how to create 2D animations and interactive elements for your website.

This course includes drawing and creating of text, animation techniques and interactivity, image manipulation, user interface knowledge and basic actionscript.  At the end of the course, you will publish your Movie

No experience necessary, but proficiency with computers required.

Self-paced

Nail the principles of animation using Maya—the industry standard high-end 3D computer program. You’ll cover rig loading and controls, posing a character to show mood and emotion and pose to pose animation, working with a storyboard and animating to audio. You’ll also learn how to use the graph editor and create realistic movement.

Learn at your own pace with plenty of support through our online forums. You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Autodesk Maya software. A one month free trial of Maya can be downloaded from the Autodesk site. You can also join the Autodesk Education Community. This gives you free access to Maya for as long as you are learning.

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If you love concept design, character art, or just visualizing your ideas in 3D space then this is for you. Learn about modelling with primitives, using reference images, modelling terrain and organic and hard surface modelling techniques. You’ll also cover differences between high and low polygon modelling, animating a camera, basic rendering set up and importing and exporting 3D models. Learn at your own pace with plenty of support through our online forums.

You’ll need to have basic computer skills on a PC or MAC as well as Autodesk Maya software. A one month free trial of Maya can be downloaded from the Autodesk site. You can also join the Autodesk Education Community. This gives you free access to Maya for as long as you are learning.

3 days

Give your brain a creative injection with our awesome animation holiday programme.

Master the basic concepts of 3D animation and digital art, and create your very own animation. Learn how to use the entertainment and gaming industry's go-to software Autodesk Maya.

3 days

Experience the opportunity to make a 'short film' over the holiday break. You will learn about filming, directing and editing a short clip using Adobe Premiere Pro, with the opportunity to add some exciting effects in After Effects.

2 days

Design and construct a simple website and get a kickstart in one of NZ's biggest growth industries. You will learn HTML and CSS elements, web design practices, using fonts, styling type and inserting images and video.

2 days

Explore the exciting world of motion graphics with this exciting two day course.

Motion graphics combine video footage and animation to help present information in fun, clean, easy to understand ways. They are used everywhere from advertising, documentaries, web sites, and news casts.

Over two days, you will get the chance to explore Adobe After Effects and learn how professionals set up and deliver projects. You will learn how to animate 2D objects and set up advanced and visually impressive transitions. By the end of the course you should feel comfortable with the basics of After Effects and be capable of taking your learning even further!

2 days

Want to be a graphic designer? Get an understanding of graphic design software and the creative process in this two day short course.

Using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign, you’ll learn how to create your own designs and make them communicate using principles of typography, hierarchy, styling and layout.