Diploma in 3D Production




  • Auckland City Road

    Feb 07 - Dec 08, 2023

  • Wellington

    Feb 07 - Dec 08, 2023

  • Christchurch

    Feb 07 - Dec 08, 2023

Open to international students
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      On Campus





Want a career in 3D production? This is where it starts.

Combine artistry with the latest technology and get the skills you need to turn your creative concepts into compelling images that capture the essence of movement, bringing characters and scenes to life.

Learn techniques in character modelling, rigging and character animation, and use dynamics and particles, with cloth and fluid simulations, to achieve impressive visual effects. With sophisticated lighting and rendering techniques, create work with a professional polish.

You’ll use industry-based processes throughout the year, from creating conceptual artwork and storyboards to building a showreel that reflects your talent and skills.

On graduating, you receive the New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6).

As a Houdini Certified School (one of only three in New Zealand) Yoobee graduates who use Houdini are eligible to receive commercial version free for 6 months to a year depending on the version you choose to go with.

Small Class Sizes
So you will get great support from your tutors.

No Exams!
Instead, you'll learn by doing real animation projects.

Hands-on Learning
Our projects simulate how animation studios are run.


What you'll learn

Modelling and Texturing

Use multiple tools and procedures to model hard surface and organic models, and apply these techniques to rigging, animation and interactive games. Learn to use shading and texturing to achieve different looks and styles.

Technical Artist

Master the fundamentals of lighting, rendering and rigging, and explore how they apply to modelling, animation, interactive games and compositing. Learn how to optimise scene file to achieve a lower render timeframe.


Nail the essentials of animation using multiple tools and procedures and discover how to apply these techniques to other areas. Gain skills using motion capture equipment and learn how to use this data to achieve better character performance.

Visual Effects

Cover a huge range of content from visual effects design, analysis of real-world physical phenomena, pre-visualisation, animatics, scripting and maths for VFX, dynamic effects, working with footage, 3D and camera tracking, 3D software integration and render passes in compositing software.

A bit more information


Photoshop, Illustrator, Maya, ZBrush, Mudbox, Polypainting, Mari, Substance Painter/Designer, SideFX Houdini


High-spec PCs, green screen studio, chrome/grey sphere, cinema production cameras, DSLR still cameras, Wacom tablet


Domestic students

  • Tuition Fee: $8,278.38
  • Student Services Levy: $340 (fees are subject to change)
  • Course Related Costs*: $350 (fees are subject to change)

*Course Related Cost  - Covers software licensing for student use on campus for the period of 1 year. This amount can be covered by Studylink's courses-related cost loan. 

(Eligible for 'fees-free' study)

International students

  • Tuition Fee: $20,500 (NZD)
  • Course Related Costs*: $2,000 (NZD) (fees are subject to change)

Please note fees are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Students must have successfully completed the Level 5 Diploma in Animation or Diploma in Digital Design – Animation and Film Production, or have a portfolio assessed by the Head of Faculty. Download our portfolio guidelines for this course.

International students must be at least 18 years old.

If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate English language proficiency at the level of IELTS (Academic) 6.0.

Want to know more?

Go on, ask us anything. A student advisor will be in touch to help find the best fit for you.

"I spend my days freelancing and working on personal projects to keep building my skills. I love the freedom freelancing gives me, and even though it sounds a bit cheesy, nothing beats doing something you love." 

- Oliver Frew Freelance, 3D Generalist 



Qualifications are issued by Yoobee Colleges Ltd. Yoobee Colleges Ltd is an NZQA Category 1 provider, the highest rating a school can be awarded by the Government.

Term dates are subject to change pending enrolment numbers, availability and unforeseen funding fluctuations. Yoobee Colleges Ltd reserves the right to modify schedules to make sure the College runs well and students are offered the best learning experience.

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