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New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6) - Invercargill

Qualification: Diploma
Level: 6
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 06 November

Duration:

One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply problem solving skills to complex design challenges in an animation production environment.
  • Conceptualise and design an animation sequence.
  • Synthesise a wide range of animation principles and processes to meet a complex project brief.
  • Apply specialised skills in the creation of animation.
  • Work independently and collaboratively and show leadership skills within an animation production team.

Compulsory - students must complete 120 credits          

BVA203 Research-Led Industry Practice 2 (Level 6) 30 Credits

Students will build on skills and knowledge associated with practice-based research. Students will further develop their understanding of relevant methodologies and experience implementing, documenting and presenting a practice based investigation. Students will be encouraged to incorporate critical and reflective approaches and methods within their specific practices.

Students will undertake research in their relative professional fields demonstrating an understanding of their industries and developing the networking skills required to progress an internship proposal. Students will also build on organisational, team work and administrative skills by planning, delivering and evaluating a significant exhibition/event. 

BSA206 Screen Arts 2 (Level 6) 15 Credits

Students will further develop their understanding of the history and theory of the screen arts by analysing the impact of tradition and culture on the development of specific practitioners’ genre, style, and use of technology and identify and begin to articulate the ways in which these practitioners influence their own relative practices. Students will be engaged in practice-based explorations to extend their comprehension of relationships between history, theory and practice. 

BSA225 3D Animation (Level 6) 15 Credits

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 (Level 6) 15 Credits

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 (Level 6) 15 Credits

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. 

Electives (choose 1)

BSA227 Visual Effects Compositing (Level 6) 15 Credits

Students will critically analyse and evaluate tools and techniques, design processes and production of CGI live action visual effects projects. Students will use knowledge and skills gained to create a seamlessly composited, visually compelling short film. 

BSA228 Gaming Art and Design 1 (Level 6) 15 Credits

Students will acquire core skills and an understanding of the creative process underpinning a game development pipeline and studio. Students will participate in the design and creation of concepts and artwork for game level one world prototype. 

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

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

International Fees can be found here.

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.

Preference will be given to those applicants who have successfully completed the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5) or similar.

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

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 Level 4 qualification 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)

English 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 achieved one of the following

NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance, or

an International Baccalaureate Diploma or Cambridge A- level qualification for which the teaching and assessment was conducted in English; or

Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA),or Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL);or

Successful completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand,,Australia,Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States one of the countries listed in Rule 18.5 where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools in either New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or

Successful completion of a Bachelor's Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters' Degree or Doctoral Degree, the language of instruction of which must be in English and which must be from a tertiary education provider from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States or

Successful completion of one of the following internationally recognised proficiency tests listed below to the level required of the programme of study and with all scores achieved in a single test during the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment


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 18)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42
Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band

* New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019. (a) denotes expiring (b) denotes current

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6), 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 6).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6) 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:

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

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