The South Seas two year full-time Diploma in 2D & 3D Animation Production Course is run in close association with the animation industry and is delivered by tutors with intensive relevant industry professional experience. This course has been designed from the ground up for vocational employment outcomes.
The South Seas animation course was developed in 2001 in close consultation with the Australian and New Zealand animation industry who requested that South Seas develop an effective professional, industry relevant, intensive practical animation training course along the lines of the already well established and highly regarded South Seas Film and Television Production course.
The comprehensive nature of the 2D & 3D Animation course that South Seas has developed is now considered one of the more effective methods of training students in all aspects of animation production including the following skills:- In-Betweening, Photoshop, ToonBoom, Maya, Key Animation, Clean-Up, Layouts, Storyboarding, Multi Media, Digital 2D Flash Animation, After Effects, Digital 2D ToonBoom Animation, Computer Grapgics, Digital 3D Maya Animation, Production and Post Production processes, Drafting, Life Drawing, Script Development and Acting.
South Seas Graduates work in Animated Movies and Animated Series. Tutors of the course have worked for companies such as Disney in Australia. The course provides students with the skills to work on all forms of Animation including feature films such as ‘Toy Story’ ‘Shrek’ ‘Finding Nemo’ ‘Ratatouille’ ‘Cars’ ‘Bolt’ ‘Monsters Inc’ ‘Madagascar’ ‘Robots’ and ‘WALL-E’
Because of this extensive range of skills and the intensive training they receive, students who successfully complete the animation course are highly employable in the Animation Industry in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Canada, China, France, India, Germany, Sweden, the USA and over 30 other countries where South Seas graduates are working in the Media Industry.
The career of Chinese student Sun Si (Spring) who completed the animation course after coming to New Zealand to study English is a good example of the effectiveness of South Seas animation training methods. When Sun Si graduated from the animation production course she completed some work experience at the animation studios of Firehorse Films who produce “bro'Town” a colourful NZ home-grown animated television series showing on TV3 Network. The "bro'Town" series features predominantly Polynesian characters which have become very popular with young people. Spring proved to be so good that she was employed as an animator on the second series and has, since obtaining residence in New Zealand, and continued as animator on “bro'Town” series 3 and 4.