• Diploma in Digital Animation

    Gain a strong foundation in the history of animation, principles of animation, colour theory, art direction, storytelling and pre-production, production and post-production.

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The aim of the Diploma in Digital Animation is to prepare students for a successful career in the animation industry by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, technological training and professionalism required to make a smooth transition into the work place or the opportunity to further their studies.

Students will gain a strong theoretical foundation in the history of animation, the principles of animation, colour theory, art direction, storytelling and pre-production, production and post-production. They will also develop detailed knowledge of the field of animation and how that knowledge relates to film and media studies, history, art and design. Students will be assessed on their ability to critically analyse these principles and theories and apply them when solving complex problems within 2D and 3D animation.

Graduates of the programme are complimented by employers for their ability to deliver excellent work from the first day of employment because of the industry- relevant experience gained in their third year. This includes production of a short film as a member of a team, completion of a 2-week placement within an animation studio and preparation of a personal demo-reel, all of which are underpinned by the knowledge and skills gained in the first and second years of the programme.

First year

  • Y1.C1 – Introduction to Animation
  • Y1.C2 – 2D Digital Animation
  • Y1.C3 – Introduction to 3D Production

Second year

  • Y2.C1 – Visual Narrative
  • Y2.C2 – 3D Character Animation
  • Y2.C3 – 3D Character Development
  • Y2.C4 – 3D Production

Third year

  • Y3.C1 – Pre-Production
  • Y3.C2 – Production Electives
  • Y3.C3 – Animated Short Film
  • Y3.C4 – Professional Development

SAQA ID: 71756
NQF Level: 6
Total Credits: 360
Campus: Cape Town and Johannesburg
Start Date: 7 February 2022
Duration: 3 Years, Full-Time
Registration: Registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2024 as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration certificate no. 2009/HE07/013

Applicants from around the world who are passionate about developing strong drawing skills, are inquisitive about the people and world around them, have a passion for visual storytelling and are willing to put in long hours to bring characters and stories to life are invited to apply for the Diploma in Digital Animation.

Experience in art and drama will support the more creative aspects of animation while mathematical and logical thinking skills will benefit those looking to focus on the technical side of animation.

Applicants must meet the minimum admission criteria specified in the prospectus (on the right).

Graduates will be qualified to pursue a career in animation, film, TV, gaming, advertising or VFX as a generalist, concept artist, story boarder, character designer, animator, technical artist (rigging and/or rendering), lighting artist, compositor, surfacing/texturing artist, among numerous others.

Alternatively, graduates may explore a career in animation for other sectors such as health and medical (simulated medical procedures), architecture (virtual tours of buildings), engineering (simulated engineering processes or 3D models), forensics (recreating crime scenes) or virtual reality (VR).

80 – 90% of our graduates’ secure employment in the animation in the local animation industry and several have gone on to work in the US, Canada and Europe.

Please download the prospectus (on the right) for information on fees.

  • The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) offer bursaries to talented South African students from disadvantaged backgrounds who require financial assistance, for more information please visit the NFVF website for more details on how to apply. Applications open for a 2 month window period, so visit the NFVF website today!
  • Merit bursaries are offered to 2nd & 3rd year students with an 80% average or higher, merit bursaries are granted at the discretion of The Animation School.
  • If you require funding, we recommend you contact Student Hero. Student Hero is a funding originator who acts as an intermediary between you and funding providers. For more information please contact them on hello@studenthero.co.za or 0615853490. Visit the Student Hero website to apply for a student loan online, calculate affordability and increase affordability.

Download the Application Guide for an overview of the application process.

The following pieces must be included in the portfolio:

  • 1 x Comic strip (6 panels) showing how to apply to study at The Animation School (download the template)
  • 6 – 12 Additional artwork pieces which you have personally produced in the past 3 years made up of any medium; illustrations, paintings, graphic design, portrait drawing, figure drawing, sculptures, digital artwork, animations or any other medium the applicant believes will motivate his/her application

Compile a single PDF document that includes the following:

  • Scanned or photographed artwork
  • Comic strip
  • Links to any short films or animations created by the applicant can be added to the portfolio but this is not a requirement.

Write a one-page (A4) motivation that addresses the following question:

  • Why do you want to study at The Animation School?
  • Once you have compiled your portfolio, start completing the online form. You can save the form for later use.
  • Complete all personal details in the online application form
  • Upload the motivation letter
  • Upload the portfolio
  • Upload national senior certificate/ statement of results/ other qualification
  • ID photo