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. Movies and games are only the beginning; digital design and 3D animation are also key for architecture, engineering, health, gallery facilities or education. New Zealand is extremely well regarded in the moving image field, a field the government is keen to help develop further.
The Digital Design major focuses on the application of new and emerging technologies in the field of moving image. It covers everything from 3D animation, cinema, serious gaming and visual effects to motion graphics, television commercials and other emerging technologies. These include mobile phone apps and interactive installations for performance.
The Digital Design major in the Bachelor of Design (BDes) enables you to become a creative problem-solver and effective story teller, approaching each project with a variety of creative solutions. You learn how to animate 3D characters and place them into any moving image project, whether animated or cinematic. You also learn how to write, plan, research, shoot and post-produce a digital cinematic narrative. Visual effects within a digital cinema field is another area extensively covered and one many students specialise in.
Growing demand for digital design skills, not just in the entertainment industry
Focus on animating 3D characters, and create digital narrative and visual effects
Studio, lab-based learning environment
You will be based within your first year cohort but will interact with students from other majors and year levels in your minor
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.