2 years
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 18,687
NZD 28,000
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

This programme provides students with the skills and knowledge required for employment or further training in digital media. The theoretical and practical skills taught in this qualification reflect the diverse range of skills required to work in this industry.

Graduates can conceive, execute and promote an animation production to industry standard. They have a broad based theoretical and practical knowledge of copyright, censorship, purpose contracts and the preparation of basic budgets. Graduates have the ability to professionally edit material and demonstrate core technical skills in the design and creation of 2D and 3D digital images. Graduates can also develop 2D animated narratives, research and identify the technical and narrative needs of animation within the 3D environment, critically analyse and evaluate tools and techniques, design processes and production to create a short film. Graduates are able to undertake a range of film and television employment opportunities or continue with further study.

Entry Requirements

  • Students under the age of 20 years must have either a minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework, and 50 credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of eight literacy credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori, of which four credits must be in Reading and four credits must be in Writing.
  • Mature entry applicants will have achieved the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, must provide evidence of having successfully completed English instruction to a level deemed appropriate by the head of faculty. Evidence may include official transcripts and/or recognised English test results, such as IELTS and TOEFL.

Portfolio Requirements

  • Portfolio: examples of free-hand drawing (x10 A3).
  • Elective portfolio/show reel:  examples (images) of your latest artwork, (anything from painting to animation). We also look for potential in drawing and the ability to adapt between traditional methods and computer based work.
  • Prior Learning: evidence of prior learning e.g. academic transcripts.
  • Statement: hand written statement X 1 A4 page (outlining your interests and goals within the programme e.g. why are you choosing animation as a career?).
  • Referees: contact details for two people who know you well e.g. teacher or employer.
  • Interview: a time will be arranged for you to meet with the programme manager or appropriate staff member following the assessment of your application.  
  • Innovation and Imagination:  We are also looking for maturity, originality and the ability to develop interesting and engaging storytelling.