Program Overview

Channel your imagination and creativity towards a career in the dynamic field of motion design.

This programme aims to develop you as an independent animator/film maker or concept artist. Core skills taught include design strategies, digital drawing, 3D modelling and animation, videography, sound design, post-production, motion graphics and concept art. In addition, you'll choose three courses from a range of electives, which will enable you to develop complementary skills in particular areas of interest.

As well as studio courses, you’ll complete a group of core courses in academic subjects. These include both professional and contextual studies which will equip you with developed communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.


ChristchurchNew Zealand

  Course Duration

36 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 12,185




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Level 5

Core courses

  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Concept Art
  • Ways of Seeing - Film
  • Design Principles - 2D Animation
  • Post Production
  • 3D Modelling and Animation
  • Motion Graphics and Type

Level 6

Core courses

  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Professional Studies
  • Introduction to 2D Game Design
  • Production Techniques
  • 2D Game Design
  • Production Studio

Level 7

Core courses

  • Contextual Studies 3
  • Final Project
  • Professional Practice - Motion Design
  • Visual Culture and Society - Motion Design

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:

  • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,

  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) Ara Business and ICT Pathway or equivalent

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening

  • 5.5 Reading

  • 5.5 Writing

  • 5.5 Speaking

International Fee

$12,185 per year

This programme will prepare you for a variety of roles including:

  • digital animator

  • game designer

  • digital lighting rigger

  • videographer

  • motion graphic designer

  • concept artist

  • digital model maker


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