Priyan Lawrence Jayamaha



As an Animation Lecturer at Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Priyan Jayamaha primarily teaches in the third year and Honours program of the Bachelor of Animation degree at the Auckland City Road campus. With a passion for animation, design, web design, advertising, and multimedia technologies, he has been working in creative industries for the past 20 years. Priyan’s work has taken him to countries like Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and New Zealand, where he has gained experience and expertise in various creative disciplines and collaborated with amazing people.

With a focus on staying current with industry trends and technologies, Priyan enjoys exploring and experimenting with new technologies and processes. His main specialisations are 3D production, visual effects, augmented reality, virtual reality, and design. Before joining the Yoobee Colleges, he was a 3D Generalist at Cirkus Productions, where he was involved in various stages of production, such as modelling, rigging, animation, simulations, lighting, rendering, and compositing.

In 2020, Priyan Jayamaha achieved a Master of Technological Futures qualification, for which he explored the emerging technologies of Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality and their applications to New Zealand education. He has developed an innovative integrated augmented reality board game for primary school students to learn the History of Aotearoa in a fun and engaging way. Priyan’s goal is to use animation and emerging technologies to create teaching tools that can support education in Aotearoa.


Academic Qualifications


Master of Technological Futures (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality)

Tech Futures Lab, New Zealand, 2020

Dissertation: Using emerging disruptive technology in the form of mixed reality to facilitate teaching the historical concepts of early Polynesian migration to the primary school students in New Zealand.


Graduate Diploma in 3D Production

Media Design School, New Zealand, 2010


Diploma of Education New Zealand Certificate in Adult Tertiary Teaching

Open Polytechnic, New Zealand, 2018


He Papa Tikanga New Zealand Certificate in Tikanga (Mātauranga Māori)

Te Wananga o Aotearoa, New Zealand, 2023









Research Outputs




Journal Articles

Jayamaha, P. L. (2024). Exploring mixed reality board games as an innovative educational tool for teaching early Polynesian migration to primary school students in New Zealand. IJTES (International Journal of Technology in Education and Science).


Jayamaha, P. L. (2023, November 24). Waka Hourua: Augmented reality integrated educational board game [Poster presentation]. The academyEX Converge Symposium, academyEX, Auckland, New Zealand.

Jayamaha, P. L. (2023, October 25-27). I walk backwards into the future: Opportunities for historical storytelling [Conference paper presentation]. Retro-futuristic Visions: Looking Back to Look Forward. The 2nd International Academic Conference of Yoobee College of Creative Innovation, Wellington, New Zealand.

Creative Works

Jayamaha, P. L. (2022). Waka Hourua Augmented Reality Integrated Boardgame [Educational Boardgame]. Waka Hourua.

Jayamaha, P. L., & Nguyen, T. (2022, May). Waka Hourua (1.0) [Software].

Jayamaha, P. (Title Animator). (2016). Kakkutta: The Crab [Film, short]. Sri Lanka.

Jayamaha, P. (Digital Artist). (2010). Das Tub [Film, short]. Media Design School.

Jayamaha, P. (Writer, Animator, Digital Effects Artist). (2010). Time for Change [Animated Film, short]. Media Design School.



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