Fees / Tuition Information: Domestic Students = NZ$8,950 per year (2D Classical/3D CGI)
International Students = NZ$22,500 per year (2D Classical/3D CGI)
Financial Aid Information: Domestic students are eligible for Student Loans/Student Allowances.
Entrance Requirements: Domestic Students
- 16 years or over
- Portfolio Assessment (portfolios should demonstrate life-drawing ability and an enthusiasm for animation)
- Interview with the Marketing Manager
- Completion of Application form
- 18 years or over
- Student Visa or Permit
- Portfolio Assessment (portfolios should demonstrate a life-drawing ability and enthusiasm for animation)
- Telephone interview or completion of an email questionnaire
- completion of application form
- medical, health or travel insurance for the duration of study in NZ.
- Full payment of fees prior to commencement of study
Facilities / Equipment: CGI computers, pre- and post production facilities, specialist animation computer packages, animation desks, line-testers, colouring software packages, tape and dvd authoring, sound recording studio, student library, weekly life-drawing classes, student common room, student support services.
Program Philosophy: Animation College NZ is the longest-running animation school in New Zealand, excelling in animation training, with the emphasis in our curriculum placed on true character animation. Regardless of medium, our students create works that not only move, but tell stories, exist in worlds, carry histories, inspire, influence audiences and entertain.
Our students are encouraged to strive to lead tomorrow’s entertainment and advertising industries. As a school, Animation College NZ maintains close industry alliances which enables our course to evolve and reflect commercial standards and work place practices.
The scope of worlds and characters created by our students directly reflect the diversity of the students themselves, and are limited to imagination alone. In a supportive and vibrant environment Animation College NZ students achieve not only commercially but personally, expressing the unique creative talent that will define their individual career paths.
Program Description: Animation College NZ (previously known as Freelance Animation School) is a registered and approved private tertiary institute offering a 3 year diploma in 2D or 3D animation. As the animator you breathe life into your characters, the heroes and villains of your stories. You are the artist who creates the worlds that have never before existed. When you look at the animation you've just created and you believe your own character that is when you know it is alive, it's there in its own right. These are the animations of excellence, the animations which let your audience experience an emotional connection with the world that you have created.
At Animation College NZ we excel in animation training, with the emphasis in our curriculum placed on true character animation. Regardless of medium, our students create works that not only move, but tell stories, exist in worlds, carry histories, inspire, influence audiences and entertain.
Faculty Description: Animation College NZ's students are taught by a competent team of professional animators who are committed to providing quality tuition and support to those who are passionate about pursuing a career in animation. The CGI and Classical faculties work closely together and are each managed by their own Heads of Department.
Animation College NZ encourages professional development and commercial projects for it's staff in order to maintain an industry standard of animation techniques as well as a relevant curriculum.
Class sizes range from 11-24 students per class with one tutor in each class. This student to tutor ratio ensures that students benefit from one-on-one tuition and gain from the expertise of the teaching staff.
Animation College NZ not only has industry alliances but also works in cooperation with the Auckland School of Performing Arts and the Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand.
Alumni Information: Graduates of Animation College NZ become part of our alumni database in order for them to maintain contact with each other and the school. By being listed under Animation College's alumni, graduates are then contacted for any job opportunities that may arise in the animation industry.
Career Placement Information: Animation College NZ has a close working relationship with DisneyToons in Sydney, Australia and annually provides animators for Disney's intern programmes. Graduates are able to seek work in various areas of 2D and 3D animation such as storyboarding, inbetweening, clean-up, advertising, illustration, gaming, web animation, music videos, logo design etc.