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DIPLOMA in 3d
ANIMATION

Programme Highlights

  • Learn the fundamentals of movement and timing
  • Cultivate creative and artistic qualities, along with the appropriate technical skills
  • Observational skills and acting talent, for character work
  • Critically appraise and evaluate work in the area of 3D animation
  • Apply, manipulate and combine media to create advanced 3D animated performances
  • Produce a finished Animated Show Reel for your Final Portfolio

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

Art
Fundamentals

Art
Fundamentals

D3D101: Art Fundamentals

This module focuses on representation of three-dimensional forms in two- dimensional space. Focus on drawing one-, two-, and three-point linear perspective systems from observation and imagination.

2

Modeling
Concepts

Modeling
Concepts

D3D102: Modeling Concepts

This module introduces students to the skills required to create 3D Models in Industry Standard 3D Software efficiently. Students will learn different methods of modeling and texturing, and how to achieve good topology in a 3D model.

3

Animation
Fundamentals

Animation
Fundamentals

D3D103: Animation Fundamentals

This module introduces fundamental principles and mechanics of motion through Digital 3D animation. Students explore timing, spacing, weight, staging an image for clarity, emotion and storytelling, and learn to apply and manipulate the fundamental concepts to creatively animate an idea.

4

Character
Rigging

Character
Rigging

D3D104: Character Rigging

This subject introduces students in the rigging process involves inserting a virtual skeleton into a computer-generated model to allow an animator flexibility in manipulate it into the pose. Student will learn to rig, skin, and test created 3D Characters in preparation for use in animation, motion pictures, games videos etc.

5

Animation
Cycles and Body
Mechanics

Animation
Cycles and Body
Mechanics

D3D105: Animation Cycles and Body Mechanics

This course covers the processes and techniques used to create believable and appealing bipedal body mechanics in animation. The exploration of topics such as walking, running, jumping, throwing, and heavy lifting will be utilized to create physically accurate motion for bipedal characters.

6

3D Naturalistic
Character Animation

3D Naturalistic
Character Animation

D3D106: 3D Naturalistic Character Animation

The Advanced Character Animation module focuses on strengthening students’ animation skills by exploring methods for creating movement that is entertaining, appealing, and clearly driven by the characters’ emotions.

7

Animation
Studio

Animation
Studio

D3D107: Animation Studio

Through group inception, design and animation, students complete a short 3D Animated film. From preproduction to postproduction, students employ methods and practices of contemporary animation production management.

8

Portfolio

Portfolio

D3D108: 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.

Career Opportunities

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

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.

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.

Adeeb Md.

Diploma in Visual Effects (Specialisation in Animation)

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Adeeb Md.

Diploma in Visual Effects (Specialisation in Animation)

Adeeb is the Co-founder and Creative Director at Kinetiquettes. Adeeb has 11 years of professional experience. Adeeb has worked as an Animator at Ubisoft Singapore with over 7 years. He also worked at Tecmo Koei, known for their Dynasty Warrior series. He specializes in game animation and development of interactive cinematic experiences. He most notably worked on the behaviour animations for the underwater missions in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

Aditya Dwivedi

Technical Rigger, Ubisoft Singapore

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Dwivedi Aditya Kumar

Technical Rigger, Ubisoft Singapore

Mr Aditya Dwivedi is working with Ubisoft Singapore, as a Technical Rigger. Mr Dwivedi has been involved in numerous projects like WWE 2k17 & 2k16 (Yukes), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Tekken 7 and many more. He specializes in Rigging & Animation and is skilled in using software like Autodesk 3Ds Max, Motion Builder, Maya, Unity, Rigging in Cinema 4 D & Softimage.

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:11 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: 17 years old or above (based on date of birth) at point of start class

1. Academic Qualifications
Local Students
  • 2 GCE ‘A’ level passes or minimum of 2 H2 level subjects with a pass or above
  • OR Foundation Certificate in Art and Technology from MAGES
  • OR Certificate in Art or Animation related course from other PEIs.
International Students
  • Equivalent to Year 12 from the respective home country of the applicant
  • OR Foundation Certificate in Art and Technology from MAGES
  • OR Certificate in Art or Animation related course from other PEIs.
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
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
Exemptions Approved

If student has achieved C6 in GCE ‘O’ Level or 65% in English in 10th Grade or IELTS 5.5 then student can be exempted from Modules FCAT101, FCAT102 and FCAT103 for the Foundation Certificate in Art and Technology.

Fees Breakdown
DIPLOMA IN 3D Animation
Total Payable(S$)
(Singaporeans & PR)
Total Payable(S$)
(International Students)
Course Fee13,88815,338
Admission Fee200500
Course Material Fee450450
FPS Insurance100100
Examination Fee450450
Medical Insurance Fee150150
Student Pass Application0500
(A) Total Course Fees Payable15,23817,488
Total Fees Payable [Inclusive of 7% GST]16,304.6618,712.16

 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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