Diploma in Digital Design – Animation and Film Production

Full Time
40 weeks
NZQA Level 5
Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch

This brand-new programme replaces the Diploma in Animation & Digital Video (Level 5).

You’ve got a vast imagination. You love film and TV. If you just had the tools and knowledge, who knows what incredible work you could do?

After completing this freshly-revamped qualification, you’ll have a foot in the door of the amazing world of animation and film. You’ll produce a portfolio of work that will become your ticket to higher-level study or an entry-level industry job. You can trust ACG Yoobee to deliver a programme that’s fun, engaging, and chock-full of skills that you’ll use for the rest of your professional life.

Upon graduating this course, you’ll receive the NZ Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

For International Students, please read our application process page

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Course Details

Entry Requirements close

This is an entry-level programme. However, we’ll still need to be sure that you’re ready to take it on. You’ll need NCEA Level 3 with at least one subject in a relevant field, or some examples of your work demonstrating skills in animation and film, which will be assessed by the Multimedia Head of Department.

Haven’t got those? Don’t sweat, we have a great range of foundation courses available that can get you up to speed. Students completing our Level 3 iCreate programme gain automatic entry to this course.

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 close

This is a brand-new programme for 2016, totally relevant and designed with the latest industry demands in mind. You’ll study four 10-week modules, and complete an in-depth assessment for each.

  • Module 1: Design Foundation – gain core skills that are a must for any designer. Learn about current industry processes so you can fit right in to the workplace.
  • Module 2: Film Production – create a short film from start to finish, including concepts, scripting, shooting, audio, and editing.
  • Module 3: Animation Principles – learn how to produce and work with 2D and 3D animation, bringing characters and worlds to life.
  • Module 4: Visual Effects – design and model 3D objects, then combine them with live footage to produce incredible visual effects.

Assessment: Each module will be assessed by a project, completed using industry-standard processes. You’ll build a strong portfolio using the work you submit that shows the development of your own personal style.

All students will need to have over 80% attendance to pass the programme.

Equipment & Software close


  • PC or Apple computers
  • DSLR cameras
  • Sound recording equipment (for audio production)
  • Video production room with green screen and lighting


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Autodesk Maya
Start Dates close


  • 27 Feb 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
  • 8 May 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
  • 24 Jul 2017 - 8 Jun 2018
  • 9 Oct 2017 - 24 Aug 2018


  • 27 Feb 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
  • 8 May 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
  • 24 Jul 2017 - 8 Jun 2018
  • 9 Oct 2017 - 24 Aug 2018


  • 27 Feb 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
  • 24 Jul 2017 - 8 Jun 2018
Fees close


  • Domestic Students: $7,720.07
  • International Students: $18950 + $1600 resource fee

Programme fees subject to change.


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

Essential items to purchase:

  • USB 3.0 External HDD (1TB or more) - $120
  • Over the ear Headphones (not earbuds) - $50 to $200
  • Two 16GB SD Cards (UHS-I grade or better) - $30 each
  • Wacom Tablet - $150 to $400

Other stuff you might need:

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