Diploma in 3D Production

Full Time
40 weeks
NZQA Level 6
Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch

A career in 3D Production combines artistry with the latest technology. The Diploma in 3D Production gives you the skills you need to turn your creative ideas into compelling images, capturing the essence of movement to bring characters and scenes to life.

You’ll learn techniques in character modelling, rigging and character animation. You’ll use dynamics and particles, with cloth and fluid simulations to achieve impressive visual effects.

Together with sophisticated lighting and rendering techniques you’ll create work that has a professional polish. You’ll use industry based processes throughout the year, from creating conceptual artwork and storyboards to building a show reel that reflects the skills you have learned.

For International Students, please read our application process page

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Course Details

Entry Requirements close

You must have successfully completed Yoobee’s Level 5 Diploma in Digital Design - Animation and Film Production, or have a portfolio assessed by the Head of Faculty.

*If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need an IELTS 6.0 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.5) or equivalent. Alternatively, sit our free Online English Placement Test. Contact us for more details.

Course Components close
  • Modelling and Texturing - Learn how to model hard-surface and organic models using multiple tools and procedures – and discover how those techniques apply to other skills like rigging, animation and interactive games. Gain the fundamental skills of shading and texturing to achieve the right looks and styles for different projects.

  • Technical Studio - Master the key concepts and fundamentals of lighting, rendering and rigging. Focus not just on the techniques, but also how they apply to other skills such as modelling, animation, interactive games and compositing. Develop the fundamental skills of optimising scene file to achieve a lower render time frame to meet client needs.

  • Animation - Nail the fundamentals of animation using multiple tools and procedures. Learn how these techniques can be applied to a broad range of other areas. Hone your skills of working with audio and acting to achieve a better character performance to meet project scenarios.

  • Visual Effects - A wide range of content is covered here, from visual effects design, analysis of real-world physical phenomena, pre-visualisation and animatics, to scripting and math for VFX, dynamic effects, and working with footage. You’ll also cover 3D tracking, camera tracking, 3D software integration; render passes in industry leading compositing software and software introduction.

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


We use a graded form of assessment, and standards reflect what’s required in the animation industry. There are no exams, but all projects are expected to be of a commercial standard. You’re encouraged to develop technical skills and your own design style.

A limited number of reassessment opportunities are available. Minimum 80% attendance is required.

Equipment & Software close


  • High spec PC
  • Green screen studio
  • Chrome/grey sphere
  • Cinema production cameras
  • DSLR still cameras
  • Wacom tablet


  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Maya
  • ZBrush
  • Mudbox Polypainting
  • Mari
  • Substance Painter/Designer
Start Dates close


  • 12 Feb 2018–14 Dec 2018


  • 30 April 2018 – 19 April 2019


  • 23 July 2018 – 5 July 2019
Fees close


Domestic Students: $7,720.07

International students: $18,950 + $1,600 resource fee
Course fees subject to change.


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

Items provided by ACG Yoobee

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

Essential items to purchase

  • External Firewire/USB hard drive - up to $200
  • Wacom tablet – approx. $150 - $300
  • Headphones – approx. $60

Other stuff you might need

  • Digital cameras
  • SD Cards
  • Pens & pencils

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