Duration 3 Years


25 Feb 2019 – 22 Nov 2019

Domestic students: $9,457* per year - 2018 FEES*

International students:
$19,950 per year*
Or, $57,000 for all three years in full
+ $2,000 course fee per year
*Pending final T.E.C approval for 2018.


NZQA Level 7

Course information

Want to work with the best, and be the best? Our Bachelor of Animation is the ultimate training ground. It’s New Zealand’s only degree level course specialising in 2D and 3D character animation, and it produces world-class animators who are at the very top of their field. If you want to reach your full potential as an animator, there’s no better pathway.

Complete your bachelor degree in three years, or stay on for a fourth Honours year (Level 8), to fine-tune your craft, work on large-scale stories, and collaborate with commercial studios on innovative, original projects.

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Animation College New Zealand Limited is accredited to teach it.

Kua Whakamanahia tēnei akoranga e Te Mana Tohu Mātauranga o Aotearoa i raro i te wāhanga 249 o te Ture Mātauranga 1989, ā, kua whakamanahia a Animation College New Zealand Limited ki te whakarato i taua akoranga i raro i te wāhanga 250 o te Ture.

Course highlights

Imagine yourself creating emotive characters, stunning worlds and compelling stories for games, film or commercial projects? Get those cutting-edge, relevant skills that will allow you to enter an exciting creative industry that goes from strength to strength. Here’s a bit about the animation chops you can learn.

  • The building blocks of Story – this is your key to the door of Animation. You’ll peek into the minds of screenplay writers and designers to see how they weave everything together into the stories we love.
  • Animation Principles – this is where the magic really starts. From hands on studio-based life drawing classes to building fully realised 3D worlds and characters, you’ll get a taste of all you need to start your animation career.
  • Design Foundation – these core skills are a must for any budding animator. Get the skinny of current industry processes, so you can hit the ground running once you nail a job.

Where could this take you

CHARACTER DESIGNER – Create characters for film, TV, video games and mobile applications using animation software, 3D modelling and 2D animations.

COMPOSITOR – Make your mark at the end of the production process by creatively combining all the elements into the final image.

SCREENPLAY WRITER – Weave together plot, characters and stories that marvel an audience. See your work on the big screen!

VISUAL EFFECTS ARTIST – Nowadays every film features Visual Effects. Design and create stunning VFX on big blockbuster films.



Entry Requirements close

Entry requirements apply regardless of whether the programme is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. For students to be eligible for entry into the programme, the following criteria must be met:

General Admission Category
To be considered for general admission, applicants must:

  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • Hold NCEA level 1 (at least 80 credits) including literacy and numeracy
  • An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Animation College to be sufficient for admission into a Diploma programme.

Discretionary Admission Category
Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, and are at least 16 and under age 20, may apply for discretionary admission. Discretionary admission applicants should:

  • have reached a significant level of achievement in year 11, or;
  • have successfully completed a relevant foundation programme or tertiary qualification;
  • all portfolios should show significant art and design skills and experience (applicants may be asked to attend an interview to ascertain their suitability for admission in some cases).

Special Admission Category
Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, are age 20 or more, are New Zealand residents or permanent residents, and have relevant experience and skills may apply for special admission. The application must be supported by:

  • a professional portfolio, and/or;
  • documented industry experience.

All applicants must provide evidence of creative abilities and potential in the form of a portfolio. The specifications and requirements will be provided to all applicants to assist in their construction of the portfolio.

Hold NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB grades (preferably including a minimum of 24 NCEA credits at Level 3 in practical art, design or technology subjects), or;

An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by the college to be sufficient for admission into a bachelor programme, or  Have successfully completed a qualification at Level 6 or higher.

International students who have English as a Second or Other Language, must have within the preceding two years, achieved or surpassed at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:

  • IELTS test: Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 79 or higher (with a writing score of 18)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or CAE with a score of 52 or higher
  • NZCEL: Level 4 with the Academic endorsement.
Start Dates close


25 Feb 2019 – 22 Nov 2019

Fees close

Domestic students: $9,457* per year

International students:

  • $19,950 per year
  • Or, $57,000 for all three years in full

+ $2,000 course fee per year


Equipment & Software close

A list of equipment and software available to you as a student:

Equipment Provided by Animation College 

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

Software provided by Animation College

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe AfterEffects
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe Media Encoder
  • Adobe Audition
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Substance Painter
  • SynthEyes
  • GitKraken
  • XNormal
  • Sculptris
  • Audacity