Digital Design: an overview

Making the magic

This compilation features a range of recent 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. 

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  • Also referred to as, or includes, animation, computer animation and graphics, moving image, visual effects, design - digital

Digital design at AUT focuses on:
  • New media
  • Animation
  • Visual effects
  • Game development
  • Interactive graphic design
  • Motion graphics
  • Digital print technology
  • Screen arts
  • Spatial design
  • Digital sound
  • Post production
  • 2D, 3D and real-time motion capture technology

AUT’s digital design facilities include a professional green screen room, motion capture equipment, handset development, real time 3D Bluetooth programming and computer labs with Windows and Mac computers.

Key academic contact

John Piper

John Piper
Head of Department
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8610

Industry associations

  • Flux Animation - they work with us on internships, advise on curriculum and moderate one of our papers
  • Weta Workshop - the Weta team presents to our students and then have a 'round-table' with us to advise on industry developments and how these might affect our content

Degrees and qualifications



News, events and conferences

Contact us

Art + Design Central
City Campus
WE Building, St Paul Street Entrance, Room WE305
Phone +64 9 921 9999 extension 9663

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Last updated: 14-Nov-2016 12.16pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.