Computer Generated Imagery

For visual storytellers who want to create cutting edge CGI animations and visual effects for use in film, TV, augmented reality projects, research and development, and games.

Great CGI specialists have the mindset of an artist, programmer and storyteller rolled into one. They enhance worlds and words with beautifully rendered real-time imagery. If you wish to contribute to this growing industry, our Bachelor and Diploma level programmes with strands in Animation, Technical Development and Visual Effects will prepare you for a rewarding career as a CGI practitioner in New Zealand or internationally.

Key features of the programme

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  • Learn from tutors with extensive international industry experience
  • Use tools, software and technology matched to your chosen industry
  • Take part in online workshops led by working professionals in the industry
  • Enjoy access to labs with industry-strength workstations, and render farm technology
  • Specialise in your area of interest and expertise in your second and third years
  • The BCGI has the full support of Allegorithmic Substance(external link) and SideFX Houdini(external link)
  • Experience working to a brief on real projects with local industry professionals 
  • Study in a great location in New Zealand on a medium-sized campus with new facilities

Learn skills that studios need, want and value

There are plenty of schools that teach CGI, but very few manage to train the specialists that industry professionals so desperately need. Our digital animation Degree and Diploma programmes are developed in consultation with world-class industry veterans working for: 

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  • Weta Digital
  • MPC
  • The Mill
  • PikPok
  • Riot Games
  • Naughty Dog
  • Gnomon Hollywood
  • SideFX Houdini
  • AMD GPU manufacturers
  • Dell’s IT team - who specialise in rendering and storage computing technologies (with clients such as Animal Logic, Weta Digital and Victoria University).

First year students are introduced to a range of techniques unique to the visual effects and animation industry from 3D modelling to cinematic colour grading. But from the second year onward, students are encouraged to specialise in an area that is both relevant for the industry and of special interest. By the time you graduate, you will have a precise set of production skills that employers need, want and value.

Be guided by industry experts with their finger on the pulse

Our programmes are taught by industry-savvy professionals from New Zealand and overseas to allow students to get a world-class learning experience on par with top rated schools in the U.S. When they are not in class instructing you in the techniques of digital sculpting, game asset creation, or environment design, they are in game studios, on film sets and in advertising agencies producing eye-catching, mind-expanding entertainment. Our tutors will expose to the latest innovations as they happen and bring you on the journey with them.

Experience what it’s like to work in a studio environment

Develop practical skills in 3D Modelling, CGI lighting, real-time visualisation, production management, technical development, motion capture and more at our purpose-built lab designed to look and feel like a real studio. This space houses 15 high-spec Dell computer workstations. Each is equipped with the best CGI software for beginners and professionals, including Unreal Engine, Houdini, Maya, Vray, Adobe Production Suite and Allegorithmic Substance plus high performance render farm technology.

Programme structure

Aspire for the three-year Bachelor of Computer Generated Imagery with majors in Animation, Technical Development, and Visual Effects, with early exit options after

Are you currently working in a field related to CGI and want to expand on your existing knowledge?

We offer a Graduate Diploma in Computer Generated Imagery (Level 7) for working professionals. Enrol using your portfolio of work and experience as support.

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