Animation College

Animation College

Address : 11, 385 Queen St, Auckland, New Zealand, New Zealand

Contact : +64 9-373 4958  Email :

About Animation College, New Zealand, New Zealand

Ultimately, the training scheme grew into Freelance Animation School and branched out into modern animation techniques such as 3D animation. In 2012, the school was renamed Animation College.Animation College is registered as a Private Training Establishment (PTE) with the New Zealand Ministry of Education and was the institute that prepared the first New Zealand unit standards in Character Animation with the Film and Electronic Media (FaEM) Industry Training Organisation.

Animation College is committed to excellent outcomes and operates under systems that meet national and international quality standards. We consult with the animation industry on a regular basis and are governed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Our own localised unit standards enable us to make on-going improvements to courses, meaning that we not only meet NZQA standards, but also ensure that the curriculum we deliver is current and meets the changing needs of the industry.

Courses Offered by Animation College

Diploma Program

Diploma in Applied Animation 3D

  • 3D animation (or computer generated imagery) uses three-dimensional computer models to animate characters by combining several styles of animation; these include 2D techniques of keys and breaks, the stop motion process of sculpting a character as a model, and the puppeteer control system of articulated points of movement. These are more commonly known as key framing, modelling and rigging.  

Diploma in Applied Animation 2D

  • Animation College use Adobe Flash and After Effects to bring digital 2D animation to life. Adobe Flash is often relied upon for freelance animation, web and television-quality animation. Students learn multiple approaches to 2D digital animation including; straight ahead digital animation (paperless 2D), puppetry animation and hybrid forms of 2D animation. 

Diploma in Digital Media

  • The Diploma of Digital Media (DDM) is an intensive one-year course of study designed to refine students’ fundamental animation skills and develop knowledge gained in the previous two years. This final year exposes students to the entire production pipeline encountered in a real working studio environment. It is largely self-directed and students are expected to manage their time and workload efficiently. The pace is demanding, replicating the pressures and deadlines of working life in the industry. This prepares our students for a much easier transition into the working world. The main focus, as always, is on producing top quality character animation and performance.


Admission Process at Animation College

  • Download the International Application form, read it thoroughly, and ensure that all documents requested are included.
  • Diploma of Applied Animation
  • Diploma of Digital Media
  • Bachelor of Animation
  • Completed International Application Form
  • Verified Copy of Passport
  • Verified copies of academic transcripts from any other tertiary institute(s) or training school(s) you have attended (if applicable)
  • Verified copies of your two most recent school reports, or a CV with two employer/academic references (if applicable)
  • Application Letter
  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) certificate verifying English language level. If in New Zealand, we can arrange for English language testing at our partner English Language School for a small fee
  • Contact Grace Chow, International Marketing Manager and Pastoral care.

AC Facilities and Infrastructure

  • A wet room (for painting and sculpture)
  • A theatrette (for film screenings and skype sessions)
  • Large collaborative class rooms
  • Large student common room facilities
  • Fully kitted technical and computer labs
  • Right next to Myers Park (currently in redevelopment)
  • On innercity buslink route
  • In walking distance from Auckland City Rail loop development

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