UCOL's Graduate Diploma in Animation is a one-year, 120 credit programme of study.
Students who already have established skills in the areas of design and time-based media, and the accompanying software programmes, and are seeking to enhance these through the acquisition of more specialist skills and knowledge in the area of animation, will benefit most from engagement in this programme.
Students who do not have a fundamental grounding in design, computer graphic design and related subjects may need to acquire skills and knowledge in these areas before embarking on this programme. An applicant who is unsure about the suitability of the programme, or the assumed skill-level of those entering the programme, should consult with the programme’s academic manager before enrolling.
The programme emphasises the acquisition of skills and knowledge through practical application across a range of activities. Where learning activities involve attendance at formal lecture sessions, workshops and studio practice, students are strongly encouraged to attend all the activities as they are timetabled.
Students are expected to engage in independent learning activities outside the class contact/lecturer supported learning hours. Where facilities such as the studios or computer suites are required there is 24 hour, security controlled access to these on the UCOL Whanganui campus.
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you
- National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may
request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
- Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
- Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
- Check if you're eligible for additional support or a
scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of
our free Youth Transition programmes.
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.
Recognition of prior learning
Applicants seeking graduate equivalency will be asked to present suitable evidence of their work experience, any prior educational achievements and the skill levels that they have attained. The programme’s academic manager can advise an applicant on the presentation of this evidence, but suggested forms of evidence are a curriculum vitae, a portfolio of work, and employer letters of attestation.