What will I learn?

Thinking animation? This qualification is your first step in becoming the backbone of any studio animation environment. Become an assistant animator and support animators at some of the biggest studio doing: 2D Computer Animation, 2D Hand Drawn Animation, 3D Computer Animation and Stop Motion Animation.

Learn how to create animation and visual effects using tools such as Maya, Toon Boom Harmony, Adobe Suite, Nuke, Vue, Houdini, Zbrush, mudbox, substance painter and more.

This one-year course will familiarise you with the principles of animation and arm you with the specialist skills required in the animation industry.

Learn about:

  • Stop Motion animation, 2D animation, Storyboarding for animation.
  • Create animated works.
  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplined animation production team

Course Content

  • BVA103 Research-Led Industry Practice 1 (Level 5) 30 Credits
  • BSA106 Screen Arts 1 (Level 5) 15 Credits
  • BVA142 Studio Digital Media 1 (Level 5) 10 Credits
  • BSA124 Stop-Motion Animation (Level 5) 15 Credits
  • BSA125 Storyboarding for Animation (Level 5) 10 Credits
  • BSA126 Principles of Animation (Level 5) 15 Credits
  • BSA1272D Animation (Level 5) 15 Credits
  • BVA115 Studio Drawing 1 (Level 5) 10 Credits

Career opportunities:

The aim of the qualification is to provide those aiming to work as assistant animators or creatives in a studio environment with the basic animation skills and knowledge required for entry level positions in 2D animation.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5), 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 5).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5) full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years.

Qualification Pathways

For those wishing to pursue further study, SIT offers:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6)
  • Bachelor of Screen Arts (Animation)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$14,000.00 (US$ 9,783) per year
Resource fee: NZ $2,000. This fee is for 2021 and it may subject to change for the coming year
Start date

To be confirmed

Venue

Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

133 Tay Street,

INVERCARGILL,

Invercargill Central,

9810, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have High School Diploma with a C grade average up to grade 12 level. IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE); TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill; Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band.

For international students

All applicants must submit a portfolio and attend an interview to be considered for entry.

School Leavers

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3 or equivalent.

Mature Applicants
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 programme of study to NZQA Level 3 or higher.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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