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New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 5
Dates:

Intake1: 11 February 2019 to 08 November 2019

Duration:

One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply problem solving skills to a range of creative and/or technical challenges in an animation production environment.
  • Create animated works integrating animation principles and using a range of current tools, techniques and processes to meet project briefs.
  • Analyse and evaluate own animation work and the work of others.
  • Self-manage animation project briefs within defined guidelines.
  • Demonstrate and apply professional and ethical practices in an animation production work environment.
  • Work collaboratively within a multi-disciplined animation production team.

BVA103 Research-Led Industry Practice 1 (Level 5) 30 Credits

Students will be introduced to practice-based research. Students will gain practical experience and a theoretical understanding of discipline specific practice-based methodologies. Students will also gain the academic research, writing and presentation skills to articulate the theoretical and contextual framing relevant to exploratory and developmental practice, and present findings to an audience.

Students will gain an awareness of the business and legal issues confronting visual practitioners in visual and screen arts. Students will be made aware of the implications of copyright and how to claim and obtain the rights to copyright material. Students will develop the organisational and administrative skills associated with the creation and implementation of a project proposal for a modest production.

BSA106 Screen Arts 1 (Level 5) 15 Credits

Students will be introduced to the history and theory of the screen arts. Students will gain a basic understanding of the development of genres and traditions in their cultural and historical context. Students will be able to critically discuss the origins of the screen arts and how this has shaped contemporary practice. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental methodologies and practices of academic enquiry, research techniques and critical thinking. 

BVA142 Studio Digital Media 1 (Level 5) 10 Credits

Students will be introduced to the processes, standards and requirements of the contemporary digital design industry. Students will complete projects to meet the requirements of design specifications implementing various software solutions to develop an understanding of how to read and use graphic imagery. Students will also explore and create digital artworks developing the basic technical ability towards the realisation of ideas and gain knowledge of the field through the investigation and analysis of a diversity of historic and contemporary digital art practices.

BSA124 Stop-Motion Animation (Level 5) 15 Credits

Students will build the skills and understanding required to produce a small stop-motion animation project, developing conceptual and technical proficiency within a team environment. Students will apply the principles of animation to a stop-motion production pipeline. 

BSA125 Storyboarding for Animation (Level 5) 10 Credits

Students will acquire the knowledge to describe the structure of and write a short film. Students will develop this into a visual narrative demonstrating the ability to optimise visual composition for storytelling. Students will also be introduced to non-narrative alternatives to conventional storytelling. Students will gain an understanding of the creative process from idea generation through to completion and what role storyboarding plays in this process.

BSA126 Principles of Animation (Level 5) 15 Credits

Students will be introduced to the principles of animation. Students will develop an understanding of the origins and purpose of the traditional 12 principles of animation including practical implementation within their animation practices. Students will develop skills and knowledge which will assist them in the creation of appeal and form in animated characters. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of motion studies and how to apply these to various characters to produce realistic movement and the illusion of life. 

BSA127 2D Animation (Level 5) 15 Credits

Students will build on knowledge and skills gained in BDM124 including critical evaluation of target audience, communication objectives and technical tools to effectively develop 2D animated narratives with supporting interactive content. Students will prepare and target content for simultaneous launch over multiple platforms.  

BVA115 Studio Drawing 1 (Level 5) 10 Credits

Students will develop the fundamental drawing skills essential as an analytical, descriptive, and creative tool. Students will gain a range of observational and conceptual skills, and be introduced to analytical aspects of drawing as an aid to visualising and interrogating ideas and recording practice using a variety of drawing approaches. Students will also be introduced to the human figure as a source to explore form, tone and composition. Students will be introduced to the history and theory of drawing and discuss its relevance and use in contemporary practice. 

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2019 Direct material costs of $1710 incl GST

International Fees can be found here.

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.

All applicants must submit a portfolio and attend an interview to be considered for entry. 

School Leavers:

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3.  Three subjects – at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects, and

Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:

  • Five credits in reading
  • Five credits in writing, and

Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of

  • Specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or
  • Package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).

Applicants over 20 years
Must be at least 20 years of age when the programme begins and provide evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other experience.  Preference will be given to those mature aged applicants who can demonstrate evidence of successful completion of a programme of study to NZQA Level 3 or higher.

Portfolio Requirements

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

  • Portfolio: examples of free-hand drawing (x10)
  • Elective portfolio/show reel: examples (images) of your latest artwork, (anything from painting to animation). We also look for potential in drawing and the ability to adapt between traditional methods and computer based work.
  • Prior Learning: evidence of prior learning e.g. academic transcripts.
  • Statement: hand written statement, one A4 page outlining your interests and goals within the programme (e.g. why are you choosing animation as a career?).
  • Referees: contact details for two people who know you well e.g. teacher or employer.
  • Interview: a time will be arranged for you to meet with the programme manager or appropriate staff member following the assessment of your application.
  • Innovation and Imagination: We are also looking for maturity, originality and the ability to develop interesting and engaging storytelling.

(Please do not include any original material in your portfolio)

Language Requirements
Applicants 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 passed an NZQA approved English Language Assessment, or 1 of the following tests of English language competence in accordance with the NZQA rules below.

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 passed an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognized English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS Academic Score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test, pBT, Score of 550 with an essay score of 5 TWE
  • TOEFL Internet based test, iBT, Score of 46 with a writing score of 20
  • Cambridge English Examinations FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 for each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-sets.
  • NZCEL Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English, Academic, PToE Academic score of 42
  • City and Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 42

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 passed one of the English language tests listed above or have achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognized English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve: 

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5) full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

(Please Note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit zero fees entitlement)

For those wishing to pursue further study, SIT offers:

 

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