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What will I learn?

Study the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Game Design) Level 5 and be a part of a creative team that designs and develops rich immersive experiences. You will be part of a creative team development community which values collaborative practices and creative driven solutions. You will develop practical skills in 2D art and animation and game production. Designing and developing interactive storytelling experiences with an audience focus. You will be able to work on both solo and collaborative projects so you are exposed to a wide variety of skills and experiences which will prepare you for rewarding and creative future in the game development and screen industries.

The New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Game Design) Level 5 is a one year programme that allows you to express your creativity using the latest techniques and technology.

You will engage and develop skills from day one in team work and collaboration, building critical creative problem-solving skills vital to working in the screen and gaming industries. You will develop practical skills in both 2D art and animation production to develop rich immersive experiences for a diverse range of target audiences. You will be able to work on both solo and collaborative projects so you are exposed to a wide variety of skills and experiences which will prepare you for rewarding and creative future.

This course will teach you how to implement various software solutions, principles of animation and 2D animated narrative with interactive content.

You will learn:

  • Character development and Storytelling
  • Level and Game Design
  • 2D art and animation for Games and Cut Scenes
  • Studio and Digital Drawing
  • Develop skills in communications, project management, leadership, and team building.

Course Content

  • BSA503 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops
  • BSA542 Studio Digital 1
  • BSA 528 Game Design 1
  • BSA 529 Storyboarding
  • BSA 526 Principles of Animation
  • BSA5272D Animation
  • BSA515 Studio Drawing 1

Career Opportunities

When you complete the programme you will have the broad range of skills necessary for an industry that increasingly asks for people with a multidisciplinary approach. Depending on the specialisation chosen, you will be able to look for work in numerous roles within the Game Development and Design industries. These roles could include 2D artist, designer, animator, UI artist or Designer. The real strength of the programme is that graduates will have had some experience in many of these areas, a quality that will become increasingly important as technologies converge.

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Game Design) (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 Screen Production (Game Design) (Level 5)
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Game Design) (Level 5) full-time over one year or part-time over four years

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$14,000.00 (US$ 7,860) per year
Resource fee: NZ $2,000.
Start date

13 February 2023

Venue

Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

133 Tay Street,

INVERCARGILL,

Invercargill Central,

9810, New Zealand

Online/Distance with attendance (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$14,000.00 (US$ 7,860) per year
Resource fee: NZ $2,000. The given fee is for full time and it's a guide for online students
Start date

13 February 2023, 17 July 2023

Venue

Southern Institute of Technology

Invercargill Campus,

133 Tay Street,

INVERCARGILL,

Invercargill Central,

9810, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from New Zealand

Applicants must have the equivalent to New Zealand Year 12.

For international students

Applicants are required to have Equivalent qualification to University Entrance - NCEA Level 3.

Mature Applicants: 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:
  • 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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