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School of Animation and Design

The School of Animation and Design was a new Hagley initiative in 2015 and it is already extremely popular! It is an exciting and innovative course for students wanting to immerse themselves in a creative environment.

The Hagley School of Animation and Digital Design provides a unique opportunity in a state-of-the-art digital lab, with flexible options so you can tailor the course to your requirements and get to where you want to be.

Level 2 students may apply in exceptional circumstances. UE literacy or other components needed for UE are available.

Check out Matthew Denton’s showreel from his 2018 NCEA submission

Students will cover…

3D Animation

  • 3D modelling
  • Creature design
  • Storyboarding
  • Create an animation short

Concept Art

  • Digital painting and illustration skills
  • Character design development
  • Mech design

Motion Graphics

  • Graphic design skills
  • Type and image sequence design
  • Compositing with matte paintings
  • Prepare your own demo reel

Digital Photography

  • Camera skills
  • Studio lighting
  • Photographic compositing


  • Clay maquettes
  • Creature fabrication
  • Digital sculpting and 3D printing

Real-time Technologies

  • Motion capture
  • Create assets for video games and AR/VR


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Andy Johnson - Programme Leader

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School of Animation and Design

Are you creative? Do you aspire to a career as a concept artist, animator or designer? Hagley College has a proud history of students achieving national and international success as young artists in the film and game industries.








Level 2 Art; Merit or higher and proven competency in Photoshop. Interview required, applicants to bring portfolio.For entry to Year Two: Completion of Year One, or by interview. For entry to Year Two: Completion of Year One, or by interview. Interview required.

NCEA Level 3 credits (48 credits available) University Entrance (14+ credits in each of Photography and Design)Students will select at least one other UE approved subject