This compilation features a range of student work from the Digital Design department at AUT’s School of Art and Design. These ‘making of’ videos, ‘breakdown’ sequences, and animation exercises and tests expose the often complex creative and technical processes behind creating digital animation and visual effects shots and sequences, much of which is invisible in the finished work.
In taking on these creative challenges, Digital Design students learn to develop their skills as visual effects and animation artists, through creative and imaginative visual storytelling and communication through the mastery of a range of moving image, animation and graphics software tools.
Digital design skills are in high demand in a range of moving image, interactive and immersive fields, including 3D animation, visual effects, gaming, cinematic production, motion graphics, motion capture, and augmented and virtual reality.
New Zealand is a world leader in the development and use of innovative technologies in the entertainment industry, including cinema, television, gaming, mobile applications and online platforms. This has also benefitted other areas like architecture, health, education, engineering, data visualisation, and fine arts practice to name a few.
The Digital Design major focuses on four pathways:
• Visual Effects
• Game Design
• Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
These pathways can overlap and combine flexibly, and encompass other key areas like motion capture, cinematic production and motion graphics. For example a student project might bring together live action and digital elements in a cinematic visual effects production, or combine 3D animation with interactivity for a gaming or virtual reality experience.
The curriculum is future-focused, with a project-based learning environment that deploys cutting-edge digital practices, state-of-the-art lab facilities, and strong ties to industry.
• 3D animator
• Game designer
• Visual effects artist
• Motion capture artist
• Virtual reality designer
• Data visualisation
• User experience designer
• Motion graphic designer
• Art director
• Interactive designer
• Postgraduate research
Applicants for whom English or Māori is not their first language must provide proof of their English proficiency. IELTS (academic), completed within the last two years is the preferred test for entry. Minimum IELTS (academic) requirements are as follows: 6.5 overall with all bands 6 or higher
All papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15, 30 or 45 points. You will need to complete 120 points each year and 360 points for the entire degree. In each year you will study and complete core compulsory papers within your major and selected minor.