Diploma in Animation

From the YOOBEE SCHOOL OF ANIMATION

  • CAMPUSES:

    START DATES:

  • Auckland City Road

    Jul 18, 2022 - Jun 30, 2023

  • Wellington

    Jul 18, 2022 - Jun 30, 2023

  • Christchurch

    Jul 18, 2022 - Jun 30, 2023

  • Online (Scheduled) – Full-time

    Jul 18, 2022 - Jun 30, 2023

    • Credits:

      120

    • Method:

      Full-time

    • Delivery:

      Online and On Campus

    40

    weeks

    5

    NZQA

Launch your career as a VFX artist, animator or game developer. We teach you how to turn brilliant ideas into a reality – with online study options available.

If you have a soft spot for Pixar, Disney or Anime, or captivated by VFX films like Avatar, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, then start your journey at Yoobee to become a master of 2D digital animation.

This one-year foundation programme explores the fundamentals of character animation, 3D modelling, VFX, pre-production and specialist software. It’s here that you 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.

You’ll explore visual storytelling and create some insanely cool stuff using industry-standard tools, so you can put into practice everything you’ve been learning. You'll work collaboratively with your peers using an industry-standard production pipeline like real animators and create inspiring animation characters, environments, and realistic, lifelike assets. This programme is the starting point if you want to become a 2D animator, venture into game art and development, or 3D animation production. 

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

Study Your Way
Choose to study online or at one of our campuses.

World-class Job Opportunities
Our graduates are bringing the screen to life at Warner Bros, Weta Digital, Disney and more.

Hands-on Learning
Learning through practical projects. Plus, great tutor support and small class sizes.

 

What you'll learn

Foundations 

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.

A bit more information

Software

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.  

Fees

Domestic students

$10,086.61 + $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

$20,500 + $2,000 course fee

Please note fees are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

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.

Then usually you would need...
NCEA Level 3 in a related subject with examples of your creative work or submit a portfolio demonstrating your current skills for assessment by the Head of Faculty. Alternatively, successful completion of our Level 4 Certificate in Creative Media will allow entry into this programme.

International students must be at least 18 years old, and must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 5.5 Academic (with no band lower than 5.0).

 

Why study animation at Yoobee?

  • From day one you start to bring your drawings and ideas to life
  • No exams! Instead, you’ll learn by doing real practical animation projects
  • Our projects simulate how animation studios are run, so you get a taste of the industry before you graduate
  • Class sizes are small so you will get great support from your tutors
  • Your individual creativity is always welcomed and encouraged to grow.

Want to know more?

Go on, ask us anything. A student advisor will be in touch to help find the best fit for you.

Our tutors are committed to your success and guide you through your learning as you produce industry quality work. We asked some of them about their love for the creative world and what they like about Yoobee Colleges. Read their answers below…

 

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.