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About Us

Animation College was established in 1989 by former Disney Animator John Ewing (whose extensive portfolio of works include 101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, and Sword in the Stone). Animation College is New Zealand’s only college to offer degree and diploma level courses specialising in both 2D and 3D character animation.

Our industry-led training will give you the skills to tell stories that inspire, influence and entertain. We teach aspiring animators to capture the art of emotion by creating characters that mimic life and evoke empathy in the viewer.

Once you’ve built a solid foundation of traditional animation knowledge and mastered the principles of character animation, you’ll discover that these skills are transferable to any software, medium, or technology that you’ll encounter in the industry, both today and in years to come.

You’ll find Animation College’s graduates working across a broad range of animation-focused career paths including illustration, design, game development, app design, advertising, film, graphic novels and comic books. 

Animation College’s qualification is accredited at the highest level nationally and internationally by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) with Category One rating.