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Bachelor of Animation FAQ

General Admission Category

To be considered for general admission, applicants must:

  • Hold NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB grades (preferably including a minimum of 14 NCEA credits at Level 3 in practical art, design or technology subjects), or;
  • An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Animation College to be sufficient for admission into a bachelor programme, or;
  • Have successfully completed an Animation College Qualification, Level 6 or higher.

Discretionary Admission Category

Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, and are at least 16 and under age 20, may apply for discretionary admission. Discretionary admission applicants should:

  • Have reached a significant level of achievement in year 12, or;
  • have successfully completed a relevant foundation programme or tertiary qualification;
  • All portfolios should show significant art and design skills and experience (applicants may be asked to attend an interview to ascertain their suitability for admission in some cases).

Special Admission Category

Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, are aged 20 or more, are New Zealand residents or permanent residents, and have relevant experience and skills may apply for special admission. The application must be supported by:

  • a professional portfolio, and/or;
  • documented industry experience.

What do I need to have in my portfolio for Bachelor application?

All applicants must provide evidence of creative abilities and potential in the form of a portfolio.

  • A good portfolio may contain a variety of work; animation, sketches, drawings, painting, mixed media,multimedia, photography, sculpture, creative writing etc.;
  • We need to see at least 10 examples of work from applicants.
  • A one-page letter of intent, telling us a little bit about yourself and what inspires you.

Applicants may also be invited to an interview with the Bachelor of Animation Programme Leader.

What content does the Bachelor of Animation Cover?

To gain full insight into the Bachelor of Animation course content, read the Bachelor of Animation course overview

Download the Bachelor of Animation course descriptors here.

What software is covered in the Bachelor of Animation?

With so many specialists areas in the Bachelor of Animation, our list of tools is vast. We also use the Unity and Unreal Game Engines to bring games to life.

What's the difference between a Diploma and Degree anyway?

The Animation College, Diploma in Applied Animation Level 6 and Diploma in Digital Media Level 7 are predominantly practical courses. They have been written as vocational (hands-on) courses with a high amount of tutor contact time. They are also purposely focused on character animation and training students with current industry practice and pipeline skills to get them into entry level studio positions.

The Animation College, Bachelor of Animation is split academic and practical skills sets. It has a foundation of core skills over two years where students learn various practices of soft skills, visual communication skills, character design, narrative studies, 2D, 3D. Students are expected to drive their own learning and will be given access to facilities to explore, create, collaborate and work autonomously. In the third year, students have the choice of three majors to tailor their learning experience, with an optional honours year preceding this. This course has been designed to inspire students to create their own intellectual property, apply for seed funding and self-start their own ideas.

I already have a level 7 animation Diploma. Can I stream directly into the Bachelor?

Yes, however you may be required to complete two 15 credit bridging papers before you can stream into the Bachelor.

Why is it worth studying for a higher level of education?

Studying at a Degree or Bachelor level can open up higher levels of employment, both locally and abroad, or give the necessary skills to self-start your own business concepts.

The Animation College Bachelor of Animation gives you a cross disciplinary skill set with two years of study in core principles across a wide range of practices and two years of specialist skills in a major that you select.