Diploma in Animation

From the YOOBEE SCHOOL OF ANIMATION

  • CAMPUSES:

    START DATES:

  • Auckland Queen Street

    Feb 09 - Dec 10, 2021

  • Manukau

    Feb 09 - Dec 10, 2021

  • Rotorua

    Feb 09 - Dec 10, 2021

  • Wellington

    Feb 09 - Dec 10, 2021

  • Christchurch

    Feb 09 - Dec 10, 2021

    • Credits:

      120

    • Method:

      Full-time

    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.

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).

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.

What you should know

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

$9,812.00 + $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

Entry Requirements

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).

Once you have successfully completed this course, develop your skills further with the Diploma in Specialised Animation or the Diploma in 3D Production. There is also a pathway to the Bachelor of Animation (Year 1) with a 75% (B+) grade average.

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Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges. Yoobee Colleges is a 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 any unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and student are offered the best learning experience.

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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.