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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 McGregor’s showreel from his 2015 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.

Gavin Hewitt - 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

Hours Per



NCEA Level 3 (60+ credits available) University Entrance + Scholarship (14+ credits in each of Photography, Design and Sculpture).




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. Interview required.

UE literacy or other components needed for UE are available.