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Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

STARTS: March 2021
Madras Street
International Close Date: Please enquire

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.

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Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,830 - $7,540 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$22,580 per year
International Levy
$523.50

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50

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* - 14 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: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

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

In addition you need to: Provide a written statement. You are required to answer three set questions based on their portfolio and future aspirations.

  • Submit a portfolio demonstrating your art/design work with your application.
  • The portfolio comprises up to 16 photographs of visual work including art, graphic or design work in any media, giving clear evidence of your ability to generate ideas and concepts towards a specific purpose.
  • Drawing (process, descriptive or imaginative), composition, and technical skills will be given special consideration.
  • You may be required to attend an interview if there are any questions raised by your portfolio or written statement.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic 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.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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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)

Recommended school subjects

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art
  • English or English-rich subjects
  • Art history

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

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

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3756
Next Starts March 2021
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 360
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees $1000 per year
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3756-MOTD

Fees for 2020

Domestic costs
$6,830 - $7,540 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$22,580 per year
International Levy
$523.50

Fees for 2021

Domestic costs
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320
International costs
$23,260 per year
International Levy
$523.50
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Motion Design - Bachelor of Design - Yr 1 - Mar 2021 - CHCH
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Additional Entry Requirements

In addition you need to: Provide a written statement. You are required to answer three set questions based on their portfolio and future aspirations.

  • Submit a portfolio demonstrating your art/design work with your application.
  • The portfolio comprises up to 16 photographs of visual work including art, graphic or design work in any media, giving clear evidence of your ability to generate ideas and concepts towards a specific purpose.
  • Drawing (process, descriptive or imaginative), composition, and technical skills will be given special consideration.
  • You may be required to attend an interview if there are any questions raised by your portfolio or written statement.

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Credit Recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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