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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 at the Invercargill campus

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

Invercargill

OGraduate38Film & Animation1Invercargill
ODegree38Film & Animation1Invercargill
ODiploma38Film & Animation1Invercargill
OCertificate38Film & Animation1Invercargill
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

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

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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 at the Invercargill campus

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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.

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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.

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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
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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

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
Course Details

24 weeks full-time

This programme teaches students how to produce design ideas and images using computer graphics programmes, create illustrations and advertising graphics and use digital communication technologies within animation projects.

This course will provide learners with relevant skills and work ready attributes to prepare them to enter a range of industries in entry level positions, or progress to further study.

It will also provide new ways for learners to achieve NCEA Level 2 and develop pathways that progress to further study, training and employment.

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