Bachelor of Animation / Diploma in Animation (Level 7/Level 5)

About the course

Pathway program to a Level 6 Diploma or progress directly to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Animation

Launch your career as a VFX artist, animator or game developer. We teach you how to turn brilliant ideas into a reality – with online study options available.

If you have a soft spot for Pixar, Disney or Anime, or captivated by VFX films like Avatar, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, then start your journey at Yoobee to become a master of 2D digital animation.

This one-year foundation programme explores the fundamentals of character animation, 3D modelling, VFX, pre-production and specialist software. It’s here that you learn the nuts and bolts of 2D animation methods like movement and dialogue, and build up your knowledge of animator software, workflow and industry practice.

You’ll explore visual storytelling and create some insanely cool stuff using industry-standard tools, so you can put into practice everything you’ve been learning. You’ll work collaboratively with your peers using an industry-standard production pipeline like real animators and create inspiring animation characters, environments, and realistic, lifelike assets. This programme is the starting point if you want to become a 2D animator, venture into game art and development, or 3D animation production.

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5).

What you’ll learn

Foundations 

First things first. Learn the principles of animation and how to apply these ideas to different media. You’ll be introduced to various software while developing your art skills, observing forms, and build on skills to draw from real-life.

Digital Production

You then delve into the more complex stuff, turning your ideas into realistic assets by working with 3D modelling software to develop your skills in 3D modelling, and texturing of characters and objects.

Key animation 

Learn to refine and create believable animation characters and effects in this module. You’ll build on fundamental 3D character animation processes using animation software, and learn how to plan and execute animation performances.

Final Image

Aesthetic appeal is the focus for this module. You develop your composition skills, and further develop in texturing, lighting and rendering concepts to produce final images and image sequences for animation. You’ll learn how to pay close attention to mood, atmosphere and composition of your final image, creating animation to industry standard.

Synchronous Blended Online (mix of self-directed online and Zoom (or similar)
Students who successfully complete Level 5 Animation can progress directly to Year 2 of the Bachelor of Animation (once they have a valid Student Visa and can enter New Zealand)
Students must be 18 or older and submit a portfolio.

Students must provide evidence of English Language proficiency equivalent to IELTS of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5
$21,500
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Yoobee Colleges officially formed in May 2019.

The creative minds and legacies of South Seas Film & Television School, Animation College, Yoobee School of Design, AMES – The Institute of IT and Design & Arts (Canterbury) joined forces to become Yoobee Colleges, an interdisciplinary college with seven campuses located across New Zealand.


The colleges all have rich histories, dating back 30 years in some cases, and they have been working collaboratively for several years to offer complementary pathway programmes.


The official joining of these forces under one umbrella strengthens these relationships, enabling greater pathway options for students and stronger educational outcomes, as some of the best creative educators in New Zealand come together for the joint purpose of training the country’s top creatives and IT professionals and getting them into rewarding careers.


Yoobee Colleges is New Zealand’s largest specialist creative and technology college. We’ve been fuelling the creative and technology industries for over 30 years with talented Animators, Filmmakers, Designers, Techies, and Game Developers.


Yoobee Colleges has been awarded with a Category 1 rating by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), the highest possible rating showing that the government has confidence in our ability to deliver high quality education


Study at Yoobee Colleges can take you just about anywhere. From launching rockets (School of Technology) through to bringing superheroes to life (School of Animation), the opportunities are endless. 


Why Study at Yoobee?

With over 30 years in the business, we have a rich history of providing outstanding vocational training to students interested in getting into the creative and IT industries. Our experienced design educators are fully connected with the industries and our programmes are developed as a result of extensive consultation with them. 


Learn it by doing it

At Yoobee Colleges, our training is practical. You are assessed by the quality of the work you create, and there are no written exams.


Industry-led training

You can be confident you’re learning the skills employers want. We reassess our programmes on a regular basis to keep them up to date with the latest technology and ideas.


Learn from the best

Yoobee Colleges is proud of its industry-experienced tutors who are not only experts in their fields but fantastic teachers. They’ll help you realise your full potential and put you on the road to achieving the same industry success they have.


Careers support

Our Careers team is dedicated to helping you find relevant and sustainable employment when you graduate, as well as meaningful work experience while you study.


Industry-standard hardware and software

All our students have full access to industry-standard equipment and facilities. Our green screen area is so well set up we have industry professionals booking in time to use it!


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