Diploma Digital Animation | The One Academy

Digital Animation

(KP/JPS(R2/213/4/0289) 11/21)

Course Overview
This 3-year course is designed to groom students to develop their creative and artistic senses, foster their own ingenious techniques, build their own demo reels by screening different genres, styles, formats and animation approaches while working side-by-side with mentors at an industry-oriented environment to gain invaluable insights from top industry leaders. Students are also introduced to multiple paths that the animation industry travels upon and study the making of a good demo reel and learn exciting subjects such as Animation Shortfilm Production and Character Animation.

This course is available at both the Sunway and Penang campuses.

Our annual intakes take place during January, April & August every year.

  • SPM / O-Level / UEC or equivalent
  • or
  • The One Academy's Certificate Programme
    Certificate in Communication Design
    (1 Year 3 Months)
  • The One Academy's Diploma Programmes
    Digital Animation
    (3 Years)
  • Degree in Affiliated Universities
    United Kingdom, Australia,
    New Zealand & United States
    (1-2 Years)
  • *Subject to meeting entry requirement and credit transfer mapping


    Studio Courses
  • Life Figure Drawing
  • Perspective Studies
  • Drawn Animation
  • Functional Drawing
  • 3D Maya Essentials
  • 3D Modelling
  • 3D Animation
  • Concept Art
  • Conceptual Rendering
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Digital Video Creation
  • Compositing & Editing for Production
  • Specialisation: Animation/Modeling/Visual Effects
  • Animation Short Film Production

    Liberal Arts Courses
  • Survey of S.E.A. Art & Culture
  • Business & Marketing

General Studies

    Personal Development
  • Interpersonal Skills & Development Workshops

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Digicel Flipbook
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Autodesk Match Mover
  • Z Brush
  • Autodesk 3D Max & Crazy Bump (for game development related content)
  • The Foundry: NUKE

    Career Opportunities Abound At
  • Animation Houses/Studios
  • Digital Design Companies
  • Movie Production Houses
  • Film-making Businesses Firms
  • Post-Production Houses
  • Game and Software Design Companies
  • Television Broadcast Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Multimedia Companies
  • Education/Training Centres
  • Research & Development Firms
  • Your Own Animation Studio

    Career Options
  • 2D/3D Animators/Lead Animators/Supervisors
  • Character Animators/Lead/Supervisors
  • Tech Animation *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Digital Layout *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • 3D Modelling *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Set Dressing *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Video Game Animators/Leads/Supervisors
  • Texture/Shading Artists/Leads/Supervisors
  • Environment Set Artists/Leads/Supervisors
  • Lighting *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Rigging *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Visual Effects *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Compositors/Video Editors/Leads/Supervisors
  • BG Prep/Rotoscoping *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Matchmove *TD/Leads/Supervisors
  • Visual Effects Coordinators
  • Assistant Project Coordinators
  • Digital/Concept Artists
  • Previsualization Artists
  • Character/Environment Designers
  • Matte Painters
  • Storyboard Artists
  • Project Coordinators/Assistant Project Managers
  • Teachers/Lecturers/Tutors/Researchers
  • CG Supervisors
  • *    TD = Technical Director

(Note: Subjects offered are subject to change based on the requirements of the Academy Board and MQA.)


  • Pass Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) with minimum 3 credits (3Cs) including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • Pass in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with minimum 3 credits (3Bs)
  • Pass in IGCSE/O-Level with minimum 3 credits (3Cs)
  • Pass The One Academy‚Äôs Certificate in Communication Design OR Certificate from other Institutions of Higher Learning in related field with minimum CGPA 2.00
  • Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 3 in Art and Design Field with 1 credit in SPM including a pass in Bahasa Melayu and *Sejarah
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognized by the Malaysian Government AND
  • Pass Portfolio Review or Drawing Test conducted by The One Academy for candidate who does not have a pass in Art subject or without an art subject in SPM level or its equivalent

    English Requirements
  • For candidates who do not have a pass in English will be required to take Intensive English Programme (IEP) in The One Academy.
  • For International Students only:
    When you apply for a Visa Approval Letter you must demonstrate that you have an acceptable level of English language proficiency. The English Language tests which are accepted for Student Pass Application are:
  • IELTS (Academic) minimum Band 4.0
  • TOEFL IBT (30-31)
  • CAE (160) (Cambridge English: Advance)
  • CPE (180) (Cambridge English: Proficiency)
  • PTE - Academic (Pearson Test of English) (30)
  • MUET (Malaysian University English Test)(Band 2)

    Entry Requirements For International Students
  • Indonesia:
    Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Umum (SMU) 3 / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas (SMA) / Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan (SMK) / Ijazah Madrasah Aliyah (bagi lulusan mulai tahun 2015) dengan gred purata 55 - 65
  • Vietnam:
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma)
  • China:
    Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate / Graduation Certificate from a Vocational / Technical Secondary School (Zhixiao / Zhigao) or a Skilled Worker School (Jixiao)
  • Maldives:
    UCLES O-Level / Secondary School Certificate SSC)
  • South Korea:
    High School Diploma / High School Graduation Equivalency Examination

For non-Malaysian applicants, please refer to the The List of Entry Qualifications for International Student (PDF) to see if you qualify for this course.

*Sejarah (History) is a compulsory subject to pass in SPM starting 2013