How to become an animator in New Zealand

1 July 2023
How to become an animator in New Zealand


Why become an animator?

Animators and digital artists use software, models, photography and drawings to create still and moving images for advertisements, film, print, web or television.

If you love drawing, animation could be the perfect career for you. Film, TV and game industries have a huge demand for hands-on animators and visual effects artists, and that demand will only grow.

Alternative job titles

Digital Artist
Visual Effects Artist
Web Animator
2D Animator
3D Animator


Understanding the best way to become a qualified animator in New Zealand looks complicated but is easy. Here are the steps you need to take to start your career as an animator.

Step 1

Choose and enrol with a registered training provider

Step 2

Complete in a level 5 diploma program

Step 3

Progress to level 6 and 7 diploma program



Average Pay

$45 - $105k per year



Length of training

40 weeks - 2 years



Available Jobs


*TradeMe Jobs, April 2022

  • Creative and imaginative

  • Disciplined, motivated and good at setting goals

  • Comfortable promoting themselves and their work

  • Adaptable, and able to accept criticism of their work

  • Able to work well under pressure and to deadlines

  • Good communicators.

  • Major feature film studios

  • Television studios

  • Digital companies that create commercials, TV shows, TV and film credits and music videos

  • Web and mobile game design companies

  • Publishing companies.


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