Bachelor of Animation




  • Auckland Queen Street

    Feb 22, 2021 - Nov 17, 2023

  • Wellington

    Feb 22, 2021 - Nov 17, 2023

  • Christchurch

    Feb 22, 2021 - Nov 17, 2023

  • Auckland Queen Street

    Feb 22 - Nov 19, 2021

  • Wellington

    Feb 22 - Nov 19, 2021

  • Christchurch

    Feb 22 - Nov 19, 2021

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Ready to start your career in Animation? 

Our Bachelor of Animation is New Zealand’s only degree-level course specialising in 2D and 3D character animation, producing world-class animators who are at the very top of their field.

This unique and diverse degree will equip you with everything you need to launch your career as a specialist in story and character, world-building and visual effects, or interactive media and games.

The programme kicks off with a thorough grounding in all disciplines, giving you the animation chops to work as a generalist or as part of a studio team. From there you’ll delve deeper into your own chosen field, developing the academic, creative and technical expertise to really set you apart.

Constantly evolving to stay abreast of industry needs, this vocational degree programme will equip you with technical aptitude, expertise and the creative smarts you need to produce work that is engaging, captivating and inspiring.

What you'll learn

Principles of storytelling for film and animation

We’ll introduce you to principles of storytelling for film and animation, and we’ll peek into the minds of scriptwriters and designers — after all, they’re the guys you’ll be collaborating with further down the track.

Studio-based life drawing classes

Sharpen your pencil for our studio-based life drawing classes and discover how critique and reflection can really enhance your work.

Visual communication design

You’ll gain a grounding in the principles of visual communication design and we’ll step back in time to see the impact that cultural, historical and social influences, not to mention technology, have had on the animation industry.

2D and 3D animation and modelling

You’ll also start developing your 2D and 3D skills. Learn how to convey your ideas with moving image, and produce your own short 2D animations. Then you’ll turn your 2D images into 3D models and start to develop your own 3D art assets and animations.

Interactive narrative

Studies on interactive narrative will help you develop stories, worlds and characters for a variety of different genres and media types, and you’ll explore game creation software, zooming in on storytelling rather than coding.

Advanced drawing

Hone your advanced drawing skills in our life drawing studio sessions, and learn how to merge your artistic and animation skills with your creativity, ideation and transdisciplinary thinking.

3D graphics and visual effects

Dip your toes into advanced 3D graphics practices and visual effects techniques, and learn about compositing digital imagery with live-action footage.

Professional practices

Build up your academic, investigative and analytic skills, and boost your understanding of important stuff like professional practice, ethics and project management. Plus study interactive production, nailing all touchpoints of the pipeline from pre-production to production and post-production.


Begin your major in either Story and Character, World-Building and Visual Effects, or Interactive Media and Games. Courses in the first half of the year help you to focus academically and professionally on your specialist role and develop your ability to research and produce animation assets for team projects.

Capstone project

The capstone project is a practice-based investigation in which research is conducted individually, as part of a team project. While you will produce separate investigative outputs, you will collaborate in a team to produce a single animation product for exhibition. It’s the culmination of everything you’ve learnt about animation thus far!

Investigative project

The final project for the year is the investigative project, which can take the form of a seminar or masterclass. You’ll present the findings of an investigation into a topic of personal interest within your major.

Optional Honours year

You may choose to continue studying by doing an Honours year, and pursue a passion project you began in Year Three. For more information, enquire below.

What you should know


Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Animate, Character Animate, Dreamweaver, Autodesk Maya, Autodesk Mudbox, Substance Painter, SynthEyes, GitKraken, XNormal, Sculptris, Audacity


DSLR cameras, sound recording equipment (for audio production), video production room with green screen and lighting


Domestic students

$9,839.06 + $340 Student Services Levy + $350 Course Related Costs*

(Eligible For 'fees-free' study and Studylink)

*Course Related Cost  - Covers software licensing for student use on campus for the period of 1 year. This amount can be covered by studylink's courses related cost loan. 

International students

$21,500 (Year 1) + $2,500 course fee

$21,500 (Year 2) + $2,500 course fee

$21,500 (Year 3) + $2,500 course fee

Entry Requirements

Domestic students:

We recognise that this year has been tough for students, especially if you’re moving on from High School. Because of this we are offering Discretionary Admission to students who have missed out on credits, so you don’t need to have University Entrance or NCEA Level 3 to be accepted into this programme. You will need to show you have your literacy and numeracy credits at Level 1, and at least your Level 2 NCEA certificate. A support letter from your school is also beneficial but not essential.  Please speak to our Student Recruitment Advisors for more information

Usually students would need UE Entrance and a portfolio, or appropriate qualification from a tertiary institution such as Diploma in Animation Level 5, or equivalent.

International students

Must be at least 18 years old. International students who speak English as a second language must have, within the preceding two years, achieved or surpassed at least one of the following English proficiency outcomes:

  • 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
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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?

Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges. Yoobee Colleges is an NZQA Category 1 provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change pending enrolment numbers, availability and unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and students are offered the best learning experience.

Interested in kicking off your career?

Our brochure explores everything you need to know including an outline of study options, key information about enrolment, and all our campuses spread around New Zealand.