Established in 1989 by ex-Disney animator John Ewing, Auckland-based Animation College is New Zealand’s longest running animation institute, specialising in character animation and storytelling.
Animation College is a Category 1 provider and is the only tertiary institute in New Zealand to offer degree and diploma level courses specialising in 2D and 3D animation.
Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly Christchurch Polytechnic) offers a range of technical and creative courses. The School of Art & Design has a three year Bachelor of Design degree which includes a Motion Design programme. This covers drawing, concept art, film, animation, post production and game design, allowing students to specialise in an area of their choice.
AUT Digital Design prepares students for the storytelling potential of animation, visual effects, and game design. Students are encouraged to push beyond technical prowess toward contributing to story at every level of a production. AUT is ranked the #1 design school in New Zealand, and 42nd in the world.
Edenz Colleges' Digital Media Academy qualifications provided students with the advanced skills necessary to be successful in the digital content industry. By the end of study, students will have developed a strong foundation in design applicable to various areas of computer graphics content creation including animation, filming, post production, and asset development.
The Wellington-based education provider offers approved degree-level and honours programmes in animation, special effects, computer gaming, audio, web and digital video. Courses include tutors and guests from world-leading industry based in the Wellington region. Students are able to develop and focus on their own specialty in a high quality program with proven career results.
Massey University, Wellington
College of Creative Arts
BDes – Bachelor of Design with Honours
BCMP – Bachelor of Creative Media Production
Media Design School is ranked among the top three schools to provide VFX/animation qualifications by the Autodesk sponsored CG Student Awards. Their Bachelor of Art and Design degree is taught in a studio-like environment using industry aligned software by their award winning faculty.
Bachelor of Screen Arts students at SIT engage in an intensive programme of learning focussing on the essential principles of contemporary animation practice including: life drawing and story and character development alongside animation history, and research and industry practice which culminates in a series of unique individual projects in 2D Animation (Toon Boom Harmony), Stop-motion animation (Dragon Frame) and 3D animation (Maya & Nuke).
The University of Auckland Bachelor of Computer Science provides a comprehensive grounding in computing fundamentals and their application placing students in a great position to enter top jobs in the industry. Courses in computer graphics and image processing, AI, HCI, data science and SE provide students with an excellent foundation for the VFX industry.
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Otago covers all core areas of computer science, including strong research groups in computer graphics and vision, and artificial intelligence. Their graduates have gone on to have successful careers in visual effects, film animation, and computer games.
Victoria University of Wellington offers courses covering the full range of visual effects production, including Media Design (School of Design) and Computer Graphics (School of Engineering and Computer Science). Victoria’s staff are world-class experts who specialise in teaching future-focused, cutting edge technologies.
ACG Yoobee School of Design is a leading practical design school. They deliver digital design diplomas in a collaborative, creative studio environment. They offer opportunity to learn cutting-edge technology and trends with experienced tutors. Programmes are designed in consultation with industry and lead to careers in the interactive, filmmaking and VFX industries.