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Diploma in Specialised Animation

Level 6

Programme Overview 

Now that you’ve built a solid foundation, it’s time to move onto more specialised animation techniques! This is where the art of emotion comes in. We’ll teach you how to inject emotion into your characters to bring them to life, plus you’ll hone your world building, conceptualising and narrative design skills.

As you progress into your second year, we’ll up the ante on your studio projects, giving you loads of exciting opportunities to utilise your knowledge in a practical way. By now you’ll have the prowess to generate professional animation projects using the industry standard production pipeline. You’ll be using drawing principles to construct models, and integrating animation with live action footage.

The more you progress as an animator, you’ll find that it’s not the medium that you use, but the stories and characters that you develop that define you. Preferably you’ll be able to adopt and work with any tool, software or technique to tell stories, which is something we’ll encourage!

We’ll help you develop your soft skills and an effective portfolio, and set you up with the core skills you need to flourish in our legendary Level 7 Diploma in Digital Media, a project based year-long course that will catapult you head-first into industry.


The Diploma in Specialised Animation (DS) is all about taking those core and foundational skills learnt in the first year, and beginning to learn more specialised techniques. We begin to remove some of the limitations that will allow for more advanced levels of creativity to develop.

Students focus on; pre-production, storyboarding and animatics, more advanced animation, including dynamic action and performance sequences including dialogue. Not to mention special FX, editing and post production.

On completion of the course students will have the option of exiting to enter the industry or progress onto the Diploma in Digital Media.


Semester 1

This course aims to enable students to analyse and breakdown established visual concepts and aesthetics in order to use and reconstruct their own work with insightful principles and knowledge.

This course aims to allow students to explore the art of post-production sequences and investigation using various technologies, techniques and approaches.

This course aims to extend introductory knowledge of animation asset production and animation skills further to be implemented in the construction of more complex technical and aesthetic assets.

Semester 2

This course aims to explore the storytelling contribution for animation and to a wider scope of media, including audience engagement.

This course aims to prepare students for employment in animation and related industries, this includes developing commercially aware and effective portfolios.

This course aims to provide students with advanced asset creation and animation knowledge that can be taken into the industry.

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1 Year (2D or 3D)


Level 5, Diploma in Animation


120 (NZQA Accredited)


32 Weeks

Start Date 

25 February 2019


Domestic Students
$9,673.68 + $340 Student Services Levy

(Eligible for "Fees-Free" study)

International Students
$19,500 + $2,000 Course Fee 


Auckland, Manukau, Rotorua