Diploma in Specialised Animation




  • Auckland Queen Street

    Feb 22 - Nov 19, 2021

  • Manukau

    Feb 22 - Nov 19, 2021

  • Rotorua

    Feb 22 - Nov 19, 2021

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This is where the art of emotion comes in.

The Diploma in Specialised Animation is all about taking those core foundation skills learnt in the first year and learning more specialised techniques. We’ll teach you how to inject emotion into your characters to bring them to life, plus you’ll hone your world-building, conceptualising and narrative design skills.

We’ll up the ante on your studio projects, giving you exciting opportunities to utilise your knowledge in a practical way. By now you’ll have the prowess to generate professional animation projects using the industry-standard production pipeline. You’ll be using drawing principles to construct models, and integrating animation with live action footage.

What you'll learn

Advanced Principles of Animation 

You’ll learn to analyse and break down established visual concepts and aesthetics in order to use and reconstruct them with insightful principles and knowledge.


Explore the art of post-production sequences and investigation using various technologies, techniques and approaches.

Advanced Animation Studio 1 

Develop your knowledge of animation asset production and animation skills to be implemented in the construction of more complex technical and aesthetic assets.

Visual Storytelling

Explore the storytelling contribution to animation and a wider scope of media, including audience engagement.

Portfolio and Career Preparation 

Get prepared for employment in animation and related industries, including developing a commercially-aware, effective portfolio.

Advanced Animation Studio 2 

Develop advanced asset creation and animation knowledge that can be taken into the industry.

What you should know


Adobe: Photoshop, After Effects, Animate, Premiere, Audition; Audacity, Sculptris


Domestic students

$9,867.15 + $340 Student Services Levy + $350 Course Related Costs*

*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

$20,500 + $2,000 course fee

Entry Requirements

Diploma in Animation (Level 5), or equivalent.

International students must be at least 18 years old.

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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.

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.