Open to international students

New Zealand Diploma in Animation

LevelLevel 6
Level40 weeks

This course delves into creative and conceptual design, providing you with experience in the production pipeline process for 2D puppet-based character creation and story design. You'll also build a compelling showreel to boost your chances of securing freelance work or studio opportunities.

120 Credits | Full-time | Online

Get specialised skills in 2D Animation.


This programme gives you extensive end-to-end experience in the production pipeline process for 2D puppet-based character creation, and story design and development.

You’ll explore creative designs, story-telling methods, conceptual design and animation sequences for complex creative 2D projects, with opportunities to practice your 2D animation skills through project-work to help you create a high quality and engaging showreel.

You learn to evaluate and analyse your own work, so you know how to push your 2D animations further and further. We also teach you how to pitch your story and character ideas as you would in industry.

Graduates of this diploma know how to work productively, gain some wicked leadership skills, and have the confidence and competence to work independently as a freelancer, or collaboratively in a studio environment.

On graduating, you receive the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6).



What you'll learn

Digital Production

Gain advanced working knowledge and application of asset creation for 2D environments and character art, problem-solving methods, and evaluation of own work.


Become adept at visual story-telling by learning techniques to create effective storyboards, animatics, story art, and preliminary designs, research, creative exploration, creating mock-ups, preparing work for on-screen presentation, and pitching own work.

Team Production

Create an animation sequence as a team, learn project direction, specialist role assumption, and evaluation of own work.


Develop your Showreel

Research, plan, develop and output your showreel based on the projects you work on throughout the year. Develop a fresh animation project to showcase your skills and add to your portfolio.


We’ll develop skills around contracts, business planning, financial obligations, marketing and legislative responsibilities.



A bit more information


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

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: $20,500 (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.

Diploma in Animation (Level 5), or equivalent.

International students must be at least 18 years old.

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency at the level of IELTS (Academic) 6.0.



Course Start Dates



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 get great support from your tutors.

  • Your individual creativity is always welcomed and encouraged to grow.



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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.




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