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Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

This course is available

On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree

Duration

3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023

Campus

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Summary

Harness your imagination and creativity and channel 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 give you developed communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.

Career Opportunities

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

Study Pathways

Graduates may choose to enrol in a wide range of programmes including postgraduate study including:

  • Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) (Wintec)
  • MFA (University of Canterbury)
  • PGDipFA (Massey)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Art and Design (AUT)

Entry criteria

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

OR New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Media (Level 5)

OR New Zealand Diploma in Digital Design (Level 5), or equivalent

OR New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media Design (Level 4)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

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

* NZQA approved subjects

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

Alternative requirements: If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

English language requirements:

IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

SPEAKING - 5.5
READING - 5.5
WRITING - 5.5
LISTENING - 5.5

TOEFL (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications - 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

PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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