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Bachelor of Animation FAQ

Entry requirements apply regardless of whether the programme is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. For students to be eligible for entry into the programme, the following criteria must be met:

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 24 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 age 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. 


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; animations, sketches, drawings, painting, mixed media, multimedia, photography, sculpture, etc.; 

* portfolio specifications and requirements will be provided to all applicants to assist in their construction. 

International Students 

All international students must hold valid medical and travel insurance, and a valid New Zealand Immigration Service student permit, throughout their course of studies

English Language requirements 

International students who have English as a Second or Other Language, must have within the preceding two years, achieved or surpassed at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below: 

* IELTS test: 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 79 or higher (with a writing score of 20) 

* University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: FCE or CAE with a score of 52 or higher 

* NZCEL: Level 4 with the Academic endorsement 

International students with English as a Second or Other Language will be monitored and supported with their writing tasks in order to ensure that they are showing sufficient progress to enter the Honours Year with English proficiency at or greater than: 

* IELTS test: Score of 6.5 with no band score lower that

* TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE) 

* TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 90 or higher (with a writing score of 21) 

* University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations: CAE with a score of 58 or higher, or CPE with a score of 45 or higher 

* NZCEL: Level 5 with the Academic endorsement 

If the Programme Committee has reason to believe that a student's level of English has not improved to this level over the previous years of study on the degree, the student will be required to prepare for and sit an English proficiency test to prove they are capable of undertaking the Honours Year.

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.