Diploma in Animation (Level 5)

Wellington - 10 February 2025

Yoobee College of Creative Innovation

Fees Free!
NZQA Level: 5
NZQA Credits: 120
Learning Style: Online Learning
40 weeks
Start Date:
End Date:
12 December 2025

This qualification is designed for learners who want to acquire foundational knowledge and skills in character animation, 2D animation methods, 3D modelling, VFX, pre-production, specialist software (such as Autodesk Maya, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Animate & Audition), and workplace practice. This progamme provides learners with the essential basic skills for a career in animation or further study.

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).

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New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5)

Applicants must have completed NCEA Level 3 with credits in a relevant subject AND submit a portfolio of creative work demonstrating your current skills to be assessed. Applicants will also need to complete an interview with a relevant member of staff.


Applicants must have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) or equivalent

International applicants must be 18 years or older and have proof that they have gained within the last 2 years and English language skills equivalent to IELT’s level 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0

Domestic students

  • Tuition Fees: $10,648

  • Student Services Levy:

    • On-Campus: $350

    • Online Only: $175

  • Course Related Costs*: $361

*Course Related Cost  - Covers software licensing for student use on campus for the period of 1 year. This amount can be covered by Studylink's courses related cost loan. 

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

  • Tuition Fees: $24,500 (NZD)

  • Course Related Costs: $2,000 (NZD)

For more information, click here to download the international course costs PDF.

Please note fees are subject to change.


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