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New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6) Southern Institute of Technology

New Zealand



Course info


Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply problem solving skills to complex design challenges in an animation production environment.
  • Conceptualise and design an animation sequence.
  • Synthesise a wide range of animation principles and processes to meet a complex project brief.
  • Apply specialised skills in the creation of animation.
  • Work independently and collaboratively and show leadership skills within an animation production team.

Course Content

Compulsory - student must complete 120 credits

  • BVA203 Research-Led Industry Practice 2 (Level 6) 30 Credits
  • BSA206 Screen Arts 2 (Level 6) 15 Credits
  • BSA2253D Animation (Level 6) 15 Credits
  • BSA2263D Character Animation (Level 6) 15 Credits
  • BVA215 Studio Drawing 2 (Level 6) 15 Credits

Electives (choose 1)

  • BSA227 Visual Effects Compositing (Level 6) 15 Credits
  • BSA228 Gaming Art and Design 1 (Level 6) 15 Credits

Career opportunities:

The aim of the qualification is to provide those aiming to work in the animation industry with a foundation of specialist skills and knowledge required for employment and/or provide a base for further education in 2D and 3D animation and gaming.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve: -

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6) full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years.

Qualification Pathways

For those wishing to pursue further study, SIT offers:

  • Bachelor of Screen Arts (Animation)

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6).

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

NZ$14,000.00 (6,83,466) per year

Resource fee: NZ $2,000




Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

136 Tay Street,


Invercargill Central,

9810, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Preference will be given to those applicants who have successfully completed the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5) or similar.

School Leavers:

For entry to this programme, applicants are required to have Equivalent qualification to New Zealand Year 12 or University Entrance, Three subjects – at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: Five credits in reading, Five credits in writing, and Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: Specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or Package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).

Applicants over 20 years

Must be at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience. Preference will be given to those mature aged applicants who can demonstrate evidence of successful completion of a Level 4 qualification or higher.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS Academic Score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test, pBT, Score of 550 with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet based test, iBT, Score of 60 with a writing score of 20
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic, PToE Academic score of 50
  • City and Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 66

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