Diploma in Advanced 3D Graphics

Full Time
41 weeks
NZQA Level 7
Auckland / Wellington

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!

For International Students, please read our application process page

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Course Details

Entry Requirements close

Our Diploma of Animation (Advanced) (Level 6) is the ideal pathway into this exciting programme. Or if you’ve got industry experience or an exceptional 3D demo reel you can apply for recognition of prior learning. Call us to find out more.

*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

Course Components close
  • Introductory Project – warm up and get to know the ACG Yoobee environment by completing a small group project using your existing skills

  • Advanced Techniques in 3D Graphics – get a taste of a number of advanced techniques and tools in areas such as modelling, animation, texturing, rigging, scripting and visual effects. Apply these to industry-standard examples.

  • Industry Project – enhance your understanding of design skills, life drawing, screen composition, lighting and colour. Develop your understanding of visual language and the communication skills essential for working in 3D graphic industries through practice and presentations from industry experts.

  • Team Production Project – work as part of a team in a simulated animation studio to create a 3D short film using all the skills learnt. Gain a better understanding of the industry workflow.

  • Individual Project — showreel and portfolio development - develop your understanding of industry standards and needs in your chosen 3D graphics specialist area and take your skills to another level. Research and present your findings on an advanced topic that interests you. Produce an individual showreel and accompanying print portfolio that effectively showcase your talent to prospective employers.

Course content is subject to change to ensure continued industry relevance. Classes are run Monday – Friday.


Assessments are project based – there are no exams. Projects must be produced to a commercial standard and you’re encouraged to develop your own design style and technical skills.

You’ll also put together a demo reel of your work – the single most valuable tool for finding a job in this groundbreaking industry.

Equipment & Software close


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


  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk Mudbox
  • Autodesk Motion builder
  • Pixologic Zbrush
  • Pixar’s Renderman
  • Adobe Suite
  • Foundry Nuke
  • Foundry Mari
Start Dates close


  • 12 Feb 2018 - 14 Dec 2018


  • 30 April 2018 - 19 April 2019
Fees close


Domestic Students: $8,629.26

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 Hard drive – approx. $200
  • Headphones – approx. $60
  • Wacom Tablet – approx. $150 – $300

Other stuff you might need:

  • Digital Cameras
  • SD Cards
  • Pens & Pencils