Open to international students
Online Option

Diploma in Animation

Level 5
40 weeks

You create the future with this one-year foundation level animation course. You'll be introduced to the fundamentals of animation, 3D modelling, and pre-production, as well as the intricacies of 2D animation. This course serves as the perfect starting point for launching a successful career in Animation.


120 Credits | Full-time | On Campus & Online


Throughout the course, you'll explore the fundamentals of character animation, develop your art-skills, learn to refine and create believable animation characters and effects, and build your toolkit in 3D modelling and VFX.

It’s here that you’ll also learn the nuts and bolts of 2D animation methods like movement and dialogue, and build up your knowledge of animator software, workflow and industry practice.

If you want to become a 2D animator, venture into game art and development, or 3D animation production, then this course is the best way to begin!

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5).



What you'll learn


First things first. Learn the principles of animation and how to apply these ideas to different media. You'll be introduced to various software while developing your art skills, observing forms, and build on skills to draw from real-life.

Digital Production

You then delve into the more complex stuff, turning your ideas into realistic assets by working with 3D modelling software to develop your skills in 3D modelling, and texturing of characters and objects. 


Key animation 

Learn to refine and create believable animation characters and effects in this module. You'll build on fundamental 3D character animation processes using animation software, and learn how to plan and execute animation performances.  

Final Image

Aesthetic appeal is the focus for this module. You develop your composition skills, and further develop in texturing, lighting and rendering concepts to produce final images and image sequences for animation. You'll learn how to pay close attention to mood, atmosphere and composition of your final image, creating animation to industry standard.



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A bit more information


You'll gain a solid understanding and skill set with Animation and 3D software by encountering software such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Animate & Audition, or similar softwares to these depending on what is required for your  learning and development.

Domestic students

*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. 

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

  • Tuition Fees: $24,500 (NZD)

  • Course Related Costs: $2,000 (NZD)

For more information, click here to download the international course costs PDF.

Please note fees are subject to change.

Applicants must have completed NCEA Level 3 with credits in a relevant subject AND submit a portfolio of creative work demonstrating your current skills to be assessed. Applicants will also need to complete an interview with a relevant member of staff.


Applicants must have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) or equivalent

International applicants must be 18 years or older and have proof that they have gained within the last 2 years and English language skills equivalent to IELT’s level 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0



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Check out some student work

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Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges Ltd. Yoobee Colleges Ltd 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 Ltd reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and students are offered the best learning experience.