Mages Institute of Excellence
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Advanced Diploma in
3D Animation

Programme Highlights

 

  • Learn how to apply the Principals of Animation in all aspects of Character Animation
  • Create Animated Sequences from Original Concept to Final Film or Video Production
  • Coordinate and Manage to Production of an Animated Film – including Cinematography, Art Direction and Editing
  • Create a Professional Portfolio that is Industry Ready

 

Articulation Pathway to Degree

MAGES is affiliated with two world-renowned universities. Students are provided with the option to continue to a degree pathway to gain not only a world-class education but also a global perspective as they make progress as competent media professionals.

MAGES Diploma
MAGES Advance /
Specialist Diploma
Articulation
Degree at
Abertay or AAU

STUDENT ARTWORK

Course Modules

1

Drawing in Motion

Drawing in Motion

AD3D201: Drawing in Motion

The study of the human form is a vital practice for animators and artists. This module explores observational figurative motion through life drawing.

2

Advanced Character Rigging

Advanced Character Rigging

AD3D202: Advanced Character Rigging

This Advanced Module will cover the methods needed to set up a naturally-deforming humanoid character. Students examine some of the more intricate ideas and techniques involved with the character set-up process.

3

Advanced Animation Techniques

Advanced Animation Techniques

AD3D203: Advanced Animation Techniques

This module introduces students to advanced animation techniques with motion capture to produce realistic character animation for various applications (e.g. game development and film production).

4

Advanced Character Animation

Advanced Character Animation

AD3D204: Advanced Character Animation

This module is an advanced exploration of the acting and performance aspects of character animation. Students will be introduced to methods for adding appeal, purpose, and emotion to their characters.

5

Collaborative Project

Collaborative Project

AD3D205: Collaborative Project

In this Module students are provided the opportunity to synthesize their learning into a cohesive project piece. Through group inception, design and animation, students complete a 3D Animated film.

6

Portfolio

Portfolio

AD3D206: Portfolio

This module is to prepare the student as a professional for the animation and digital media industry. The course is designed for the student to be prepared with the tools and knowledge to get a job or to work in the animation industry.

7

Capstone Studio Practice

Capstone Studio Practice

AD3D207: Capstone Studio Practice

The Capstone Studio Practice is a research-based module that integrates concepts and work from throughout the program. Students are expected to integrate skills, knowledge, and creativity to produce a project that will showcase professional expertise in a chosen career field.

Career Opportunities

  • Career OpportunitiesCareer Opportunities3D Modeler
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer Opportunities3D Animator
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesLighting Artist
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesAnimation Engineer
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesCinematic Animator
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesTexturing Artist
  • Career OpportunitiesCareer OpportunitiesRigging Technical Director

Our Mentor

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Nirmal David

Animation Director, Cirqus Studios

Having been an active part of the Animation industry in India and abroad for the past 18 years. Nirmal David has to his credit work ranging from creature Animation done on films like the VFX academy winner “Golden Compass” to more exaggerated performance based style like on “Alvin and the chipmunks” movie series .

Most of his 7 years in the award winning Rhythm and Hues Studios was spent as an Animation lead, guiding animators aesthetically and technically on various films.

He moved on to work on the multiple award winning STAR WARS-The Clone Wars series during his stint at Lucas Film Animation in Singapore. Post which, he was the Animation Supervisor for Epics Fx Studios in Jakarta overseeing the Animation on a feature film project. He is currently developing Bot Rods the game and is the Animation Director at Cirqus Studios.

Nirmal David, Animation Director, Cirqus Studios

What really caught my attention was how in a very short time the students managed to get a decent level of finesse in their work. To think that in a few months they not only learned the tools of the trade from scratch, but also managed to output good work is really a testament to the academy and its faculty

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Enrique Caballero

CG supervisor, One Animation

Enrique started his career as a freelancer for video games, television commercials and music videos. In 2005, he joined Animal Logic, Sydney as a Character TD on the Academy Award Winning movie, ‘Happy Feet’ and subsequently, Zach Snyder’s animated feature “Legend of the Guardians”. In 2009, he joined One Animation Studio as a Lead Creature Artist. In time he took on the role of Character Department Supervisor and has been the studio’s CG Supervisor since 2013.

Enrique Caballero - CG supervisor, One Animation

We at One Animation are very impressed with the quality of work coming out of Mages Institute. They have the competitive edge required to succeed in our industry

Our Faculty

Rajesh Chakravarthy

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Master of Arts- Visual Effects, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

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Rajesh Chakravarthy

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Master of Arts- Visual Effects, Savannah College of Art and Design, USA

Rajesh has been working in the education, animation, and digital design fields for the past 18 years with 9 years of educational experience at various film and Creative Media/Tech Schools across the world. He has a Master of Arts Degree in Visual Effects from Savannah College of Art and Design.

 

As an Academic Director and Lead Lecturer(Games & AR/VR), Rajesh has successfully trained his students for successful employment and many of my ex-students are working in the animation and creative arts industry globally at Prominent Animation, Game, VR/AR companies such as ILM, Electronic Arts, Blizzard, Bungie Studios, Microsoft, Gulfstream Aerospace, etc.

 

Rajesh has been researching and working with Augmented & Virtual Reality Projects since 2014, designing and implementing AR and VR applications with his focus being on 3D user interfaces, Design and Engineering to Serious Games for Impact, Data Analytics for immersive applications. You will always find Rajesh envisioning and creating something new and exciting. He works at the junction of Design, Technology, and Business. He’s been evangelizing the new Immersive Technologies by actively doing workshops on Design for AR and VR, prototyping for AR/VR Technologies, and Applications of XR in Enterprises based on business needs.

Kanan Abdul Kader Mohamed Ali

Temasek International Pte. Ltd. - Lead Animator
Diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation, Animation Mentor, Berkeley, California

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Kanan Abdul Kader Mohamed Ali

Temasek International Pte. Ltd. - Lead Animator
Diploma in Advanced Studies in Character Animation, Animation Mentor, Berkeley, California

Kader is an expert conceptualizer and a strategist. He is associated with companies like Sunwoo and Grid Synergy since 2013. His clients include SingTel, ST Engineering, Internal etc. He has been in the industry for the past thirteen years, working on Concepts, Art Direction, Fabrication & Project Costing etc.

Mohd Zaki Bin Ragman

Assistant Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Diploma in Entertainment Design, MAGES Institute of Excellence

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Mohd Zaki Bin Ragman

Assistant Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Diploma in Entertainment Design, MAGES Institute of Excellence

Zaki brings with him more than 18 years of experience in various creative industries, from illustration to animation. Zaki has been a valuable addition to various companies such as Scrawl Studios and Chip & Toons taking up the responsibility of Animation Director in both places. In addition to his illustrious career, Zaki has also been published 5 times – with his latest comic, Badang, being a historical comic based on the Second World War in Singapore. Zaki completed his formal education with MAGES Institute of Excellence, graduating with a Diploma in Entertainment Design.

Rakesh Shrinivas Gowda

Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Advanced Diploma in Animation, MAGES Institute of Excellence, Singapore

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Rakesh Shrinivas Gowda

Lecturer at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Advanced Diploma in Animation, MAGES Institute of Excellence, Singapore

As the lecturer of Animation and Motion Graphics at MAGES, Rakesh brings with him a plethora of experiences. As an immensely creative artist, he has extended his animation, 3D modelling and VFX expertise into building Virtual Reality Environments and Experiences. Rakesh has been working in the education field for the past 7 years with various film and creative media schools. Rakesh has successfully trained students for employment in animation and the creative technology industry. He completed his Advanced Diploma in Animation from MAGES Institute of Excellence, Singapore.

Siew Zhi Zhong, Jerome

Resident Producer and Director, Pharaoh Entertainment
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation, Nanyang Technological University

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Siew Zhi Zhing, Jerome

Resident Producer and Director, Pharaoh Entertainment
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation, Nanyang Technological University

Jerome graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation, from Nanyang Technological University. His directorial debut, Hooked (2010), made official selection in Singapore TBS Digicon 6. He has since directed and produced under various companies for clients such as HDB, Singapore Prisons, People’s Association, Aviva and Google. He now serves as the resident producer and director in Pharaoh Entertainment.

Dominic Woon

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Dominic Woon

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Dominic is a Concept Designer/ Illustrator with 5 years of experience in conceptualising, designing and storyboarding. He heads his company Pen and Paper Studios with the intention of creating quality artworks that communicate as well as entertain. Some of Dominic’s clients include Grey Group, Shooting Gallery Asia, Tiny Island and MM2 Entertainment. Having worked with global and regional innovation managers for clients like Fonterra and Uber. Dominic has visualised new product concepts that could define the future. He has also storyboarded for SG50’sìTheatre of Dreams in the Future of Us exhibition as well as created visuals for the 2016 Health Promotion Board’s Chinese New Year animation. A supporter of community initiatives, Dominic works with Bold At Work – an innovative educational centre, to build resilience amongst youth by imparting design thinking skills. He has also partnered Presence Pictures, and created a curriculum for secondary schools which supports children learning to draw and encourages the development of spatial awareness.

Amita Sahgal

Principal Lecturer -Animation at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Animation Mentor Graduate

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Amita Sahgal

Principal Lecturer -Animation at MAGES Institute of Excellence
Animation Mentor Graduate

Amita has 2 decades of experience in the field of Animation, having worked with studios like Animal Logic, Iloura, Brown Bag Films and Rhythm & Hues. Some of the films she has animated on are – Golden Compass, Happy Feet, Alvin & the Chipmunks and Legend of the Guardians. She has also supervised animation on TV Series such as Bing Bunny and Talking Tom & Friends. 

Kelly Bender

Narrative & Game Designer of Video games at goGame

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Kelly Bender

Narrative & Game Designer of Video games at goGame

Kelly Bender is an award-winning professional creative writer with over six years of experience. He’s written video games for such clients as Ubisoft, Disney, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon. He’s also created and written multiple original comic series, and scripted ideas for film and tv.

  • Admissions
  • Entry Requirements
  • Programme Fees
Duration:9 Months (Full Time & Part Time)
Programme Layout:Full Time – 5 days X 3 hours a day per week
Part Time – 3 days X 3 hours a day per week
Note:International Students are only offered Full-Time course.
There are no differences in the total number of contact hours between the Part-Time and Full-Time courses.
Student to Lecturer Ratio:12:1
Medium of Instruction:Lectures & Practical (Hands on Application)
Language of Instruction:English
Mode of Assessment:Project Based Assessment for All Modules
Graduation Criteria:In order to file for a graduation certificate, the student must have completed and passed all the modules of the course.

Minimum Age: 18 years old or above (based on date of birth) at point of start class

1. Academic Qualifications
Local Students or International Students
  • MAGES Diploma in 3D Animation / Game Design / Game Art/ Animation
  • OR Diploma in Animation / Game Design/ Game Design and Development / Multi Media from Polytechnics
Mature Students

At least 30 years of age, with 8 years of work experience.

2. English Proficiency
Local Students
  • GCE ‘O’ Level English – Requires a minimum of C6 English grade
  • OR Pass interview with the Academic Director and assessment by Academic Board (if student does not meet the above English requirement)
International Students
  • IELTS 5.5
  • OR Other equivalent qualifications where the medium of instruction is English
  • OR Student may attend additional English classes and pass at the equivalent of upper intermediate level (if student does not meet any of the above English requirements)
Fees Breakdown
ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN 3D ANIMATION
Total Payable(S$)
(Singaporeans & PR)
Total Payable(S$)
(International Students)
Course Fee14,88816,338
Admission Fee200500
Course Material Fee450450
FPS Insurance100100
Examination Fee450450
Medical Insurance Fee150150
Student Pass Application0500
(A) Total Course Fees Payable16,23818,488
Total Fees Payable [Inclusive of 7% GST]17,374.6619,782.16

 Miscellaneous Fees*

Purpose of FeeAmount (S$) and When Payable
Course Transfer Fees$100 ($107 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
5% – Overdue for 1 week
Late Payment Fees (Exclusive of 7% GST)6% – Overdue for 2 weeks
9% – Overdue for 3 weeks
10% – Overdue for 4 weeks
Replacement of lost Course Material$50.00 ($53.50 (Per Module) [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Replacement of Student ID$30 ($32.10 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Re-Taking Examinations$500 ($535 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Re-module (Exclusive of 7% GST)(Total Course Fees * Module Credits) /
Total Programme Credits
Review of grade per module/unit$50 ($53.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Late Re-enrolment fee per module/unit$50 ($53.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Admin fee for every cancellation/change of module/unit$50 ($53.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Deferment fee per module/unit$100 ($107.00 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Admin fee for the lost library item$20 ($21.40 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
Convenience Fee for using Credit Card3% based on amount payable
Banker’s Guarantee (if applicable)Bond AmountFee Payable (Inclusive GST)
1000$400 ($428 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
1500$400 ($428 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
3000$400 ($428 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
5000$600 ($642 [Inclusive of 7% GST])

Application Fees

  • Local Students – $250 ($267.50 [Inclusive of 7% GST])
  • International Students – $500 ($535.00 [Inclusive of 7% GST])

Payment Notes

  • Non-Refundable Application Fee is not summed up in (A)
  • Total Fees Payable [Inclusive of 7% GST] is fully protected as required by EduTrust FPS
  • MAGES Institute of Excellence has adopted the Insurance Scheme
    • Account Name: MAGES INSTITUTE OF EXCELLENCE PTE LTD
    • Account Number: 106-902634-2
Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Pinak, Animation Student

MAGES is a friendly place to learn animation where you focus on learning industry-oriented animation, including the basics and advanced technologies on evolving software. The teachers as well as support staff members are extremely helpful and forever enthusiastic. They are highly qualified in their respective areas and work closely with all students to clarify their doubts. Studying at MAGES has been a fantastic experience. The course contents are designed in such a way that it provides a very strong foundation.

Roshini, Animation Student

Diploma in Animation has been a wonderful journey for me. It let me discover my interests and capabilities. It has taught me a new way of seeing things.The progress I made in a year wouldn’t Mentor’s ImageMentor’s QuoteTheir Bio when we click on the image have been possible without my lecturer, Ms Amita Sahgal. MAGES has been very supportive and encouraging. I would like to thank all the lecturers and staff atMAGES who have been consistently guiding me and fellow students to reach greater heights.

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