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Study Film & Animation at SIT

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Bring your creative ideas to life with digital filmmaking, screenwriting, sound design, and animation!

Quality learning environment

SIT's film & animation students get access to top-of-the-line cameras and computers, all equipped with the best industry standard software. We offer a productive, creative learning environment in which you will receive expert advice and guidance. Invercargill’s location is ideal as SIT students get the opportunity to work with production companies in Queenstown and Dunedin. A very high percentage of our graduates are now employed in the industry, both in New Zealand and overseas.

SIT film making students at work on 'Charlie Floyd's Visionarium'Degree level study

The Bachelor of Screen Arts is a three year full-time programme in the exciting arena where creative arts meet digital technology. The programme allows students to specialise in either digital film or animation. A wide range of subjects is covered, including digital film production, editing, screenwriting, 2D and 3D animation, stop motion, motion graphics, and business and legal skills.

Skills to adapt and evolve

The programme aims to give you not only solid technical expertise, while expanding your creative skills and to give you the ability to adapt in a rapidly changing industry.  Abilities in storytelling, character development, research and critical thinking are enduring, irrespective of future technology. While the technical side is an important part of the programme, the primary focus is on bringing creative ideas to life.

Programmes in Film & Animation

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

Invercargill

OGraduate38Film & Animation1Invercargill
ODegree38Film & Animation1Invercargill
ODiploma38Film & Animation1Invercargill
OCertificate38Film & Animation1Invercargill

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

ODiploma38Film & Animation4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

"I was doing a film course and was lucky that 3 feature films came to Southland during my time here. The internships helped me to break into an industry that is difficult to get into but one I absolutely love"

Bachelor of Digital Media - feedback via Graduate Destination Survey 2014 

Film & Animation Courses

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Three years full time.

Part time study is also available.

Make your dream of a career in the creative sector a reality through inter-disciplinary study in film, animation and the visual arts.

Course Details

One year full time

The Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (3D Animation) is a programme with a specialist discipline area that will promote and enhance the knowledge base, skills, and professionalism of creative media and film students.

Graduates can use industry standard animation software to create an animated film project. They can apply knowledge and skills associated with character animation and, depending on elective choices made, motion graphics and compositing, animation and interaction and audio techniques. This programme leads graduates to further study or employment in the screen arts sector.

Course Details

One year full time

The Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (Filmmaking) is a programme with a specialist discipline area that will promote and enhance the knowledge base, skills, and professionalism of creative media and film students.

Students are stimulated to develop an inquiring and analytical approach to problems and issues, using independent judgment and creative thinking. Graduates of this programme are dedicated, professional practitioners who are prepared for life-long learning, with the desire to constantly update their knowledge and skills within a changing work environment.

Course Details

One year full-time

The aim of the qualification is to provide those aiming to work in the animation industry with a foundation of specialist skills and knowledge required for employment and/or provide a base for further education in 2D and 3D animation and gaming.

Course Details

One year full-time

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply problem-solving skills to a range of digital media and design challenges
  • Apply and manage a design process to meet requirements of project briefs within defined guidelines
  • Apply general and technical skills in the creation of design solutions
  • Analyse and evaluate own work and the work of others
  • Demonstrate professional practices, including leadership, in a digital media and design work environment

Course Details

One year full-time

The aim of the qualification is to provide those aiming to work as assistant animators or creatives in a studio environment with the basic animation skills and knowledge required for entry level positions in 2D animation.

Course Details

1 year fulltime

Up to 3 years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

Important Information; The Diploma in Digital Film (Level 5) is expiring at the end of 2019 and is being replaced with the New Zealand Diploma in Screen Production (Level 5).  2019 will be the final year of delivery for DDF (Diploma in Digital Film) and will require students to either complete their studies in 2018, 2019, or choose papers which allow them to cross credit into the new NZ Diploma.

New students are welcome to enrol in Intake 4 studies in 2018.

No new students will be accepted into the Diploma in Digital Film for 2019 studies.

For returning students that will not be able to complete the Diploma in Digital Film in 2019, there are a number of DDF papers that are planned to be cross creditable into the new NZ Diploma.  These papers are: DDF101, DDF104, DDF105, DDF110 and DDF131.

Part-time students should be aware of this when choosing papers.

Further information will be provided once available.

This programme aims to give students a solid base of skills to expand their talents, push their creativity and heighten their technical skills in Digital Film.

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Describe a design process in a digital media context
  • Recognise problems in a digital media and design context
  • Follow directions and apply introductory skills to a specific digital media and design context/problem
  • Collaborate with peers, and reflect on and evaluate own work
  • Identify the importance of being a responsible digital citizen and potential career pathways within digital media and design

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