Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (3D Animation) - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 06 November


One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

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.

BSA225 3D Animation
Students will develop a critical understanding of studio production pipeline practice and asset management within a 3D production environment. Students will also research and identify the technical and narrative requirements of animation within the 3D environment.

BSA226 3D Character Animation
Students will be engaged in critical analysis during the process of designing, developing and animating an emotionally complex humanoid character within a time intensive deadline. 

BVA215 Studio Drawing 2
Students will build on the foundation of the first-year drawing paper to reinforce and expand their observational, analytical and creative skills and knowledge. Students will utilise practical drawing tools in thematic and conceptual projects to explore the use of drawing as an art form. Students will analyse and identify the visual language used in a range of historic and contemporary drawing practices to begin to develop their own ‘voice’ within drawing practice.

BSA324 Animation Project
Students will build on knowledge gained in earlier papers strengthening skills required to operate within a deadline-driven studio production environment. Students will develop critical time and management skills, while working on a self- directed specialist animation project. 

BSA325 Project Management
Students will work on a collaborative group project within a studio environment. Students will receive a brief and form a company to produce and promote a collaboratively driven project.

BSA326 Advanced Animation Production
Students will develop advanced animation techniques and analyse the needs and research methodologies of a project to achieve the most effective, efficient outcomes within the advanced dynamic simulations and special effects field.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • Direct material costs of $2228 (GST inclusive)

International Fees can be found here.

After graduation (and further work experience in some cases), possible employment in the private and public sectors include:

  • Camera assistant, 
  • Lighting assistant, 
  • Director’s assistant, 
  • Production coordinator, 
  • Assistant editor, 
  • Scriptwriter, 
  • Sound engineer, 
  • Transmedia producer.  

Graduates wishing to undertake further study may be admitted into Master’s programmes in New Zealand or overseas, possibly with some credit recognition.

Applications are open to Bachelor degree graduates who can demonstrate equivalent, relevant, practical professional or educational experience in a related discipline. 

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, or has relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry, the applicant may be admitted to the programme. 

Provisional Part-time Admission
An applicant, who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more papers. Upon successful completion of the paper(s), the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry.

Additional Criteria

In addition, the following requirements also apply to applicants in all admission categories:

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (3D Animation) are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application and may be asked for a written submission also.

Applicants are required to have a high competence in spoken and written English, 18 credits or more at Level 2 in NCEA literacy or an equivalent or more advanced English qualification.

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application, as follows:

  • Portfolio One: examples of free-hand drawing (x10)
  • Portfolio Two: a digital portfolio/showreel showcasing digital storytelling skills.
  • Statement: typed, double spaced statement X two A4 pages (outlining your interests and goals within the programme e.g. why are you choosing animation as a career).
  • Prior Learning: This course is designed for applicants who have already worked in the industry and need to hone their skills, or already have a degree in a related field (fine arts, graphic design, film, 2D animation, gaming etc).
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • References: two specific references/testimonials from previous employers/lecturers who know you well and are able to recommend you for graduate study. Please include contact details.
  • Interview: a time will be arranged for you to meet with the programme manager or appropriate staff member following the assessment of your application.
  • Established Skills, Motivation & Passion: We are looking for a high level of skill, competency and motivation. Applicants must be proficient at self-driven research and analysis. This is a very intensive year suited to those who are committed to excelling in this exciting industry.
  • Links to online portfolios and showreel accepted.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169.  No less than 162 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 50)
  • City and Guilds IESOL  – B2 Communicator with a score of 66 

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (3D Animation) students must have been credited with all required papers as specified in the Programme Schedule. The total credit value of the Graduate Diploma in Screen Arts (3D Animation) is 120 credits.

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm at SIT's Downtown Campus (Don St, Invercargill).