Our Diploma in Digital Animation is catered to deliver proficient animators to the industry. Students will be exposed to the real-life Animation Production Line i.e. Pre-Production, Production and Post-Production processes, trained by local and international specialists.

This course will teach you with Design Fundamental, Fundamental of Drawing & Painting, Digital Media Production, 2D & 3D Animation, Conceptual Art, Digital Audio & Video Design, 3D Modelling, Animation & Sculpting, Visual Effects, etc. The course covers animation movie making ideas from conceptualization to project prototyping to production.

What is digital animation?

Digital animation is the creation of moving, animated visuals with computer programs. It brings objects to life with movement, and expression. While it is widely used in animated cartoons, digital animation is also a process that is used in films, games and advertisements.

Digital animation has enabled artists and filmmakers to turn their imaginations into reality. The huge advancements in technology over the years can be seen in the when comparing animation from past and present.

What will you study in digital animation?

Since digital animation is used in TV and movies, commercials and ads, video games, and educational videos, digital animation studies will usually include subjects that help you to hone your skills to produce animations for these fields.

You will also be exposed to all the tools and software that is required to produce the animations. Most courses will have their students present a project that they created using the skills that they have learnt over the semesters.

Common subjects in digital animation courses include:

  • 2D animation
  • 3D animation
  • 3D modelling
  • Film studies
  • Visual effects

Why study digital animation?

Here are few reasons to consider studying digital animation:

You will be empowered to let your imagination and creativity skills flow –This is the course to take if you are both imaginative and creative. You will have the opportunity to turn your wildest ideas into reality.

You will have many opportunities to work in creative industries –There are plenty of jobs available that will require your skills. You can venture into advertising, video game animation, visual effects and even foray into the education industry.

You will have a fun and rewarding career –There is nothing like having your work played on the big screen. This industry provides the opportunity to turn your ideas into reality.

Digital animation jobs

The diploma provides pathways to:

Employment opportunities:

  • The Animation Industry is looking for entry level and qualified Cartoon animators. Hence, good career prospects and opportunities to join the workforce after the completion of the diploma program.
  • 3D animator
  • 3D modeler
  • Concept artist
  • Motion designer
  • Video game designer
  • Video game designer
  • Storyboard artist
  • Film editor/ film director
  • Visual effect artist
  • VFX artist
  • Web designer
  • Advertising art director
  • Exhibition director
  • Special effects technician
  • Television production coordinator
  • Sound engineer
  • Multimedia artist
  • Illustrators, etc.

Program information

Most students who have graduated followed the Computer Science degree programme go into careers in software industry, extending from small and medium companies to multinationals. A number of our graduates have continued their studies at the universities, government services and teaching professions. More than 95% employment rate within the first 6 months upon graduation. On-campus career talks and walk-in interviews are regularly conducted for graduates.


Our computing curriculum, has covered wide range of specialization field areas knowledge of the theory and practice to apply problem-solving techniques using different programming languages. Apart from that it has included soft skills, together with the programme structure to allow students to train them communication skills in different cultural background.  Students are required to do Industrial training and computing projects during the course of study to future familiarize with industry related problems. The degree course is based on three bonded structures namely, academic consciousness, produce professional computing relevance and a sturdy commitment to employability.


Our academic staff has specialized in their field area, industry experience, and research activities. They are active researchers to bring innovative talents to share with students and in classroom. Our guest lecturers from industry also provide the current trends and technology enhancement among the students. Our facilitators are involved with Peer-Assisted Learning, in which the final year students provide optional support sessions during the semesters.


Department of Computing has a wide range of software packages to support the computer science, computer games, animation, networking and business intelligence curriculum, including tools for software/apps development, mobile development, network simulations and more. There is free access to commercial software and servers to staff and students are available. The students are able to use UOW Malaysia KDU Cloud API storage to store their projects deployment.


Today’s cutting edge technology and competitiveness have increased globally within complex environment. To this end, the department of computing works closely with the manufacturing and software industry. It is an essential criterion in creating a robust and complete industry driven curriculum to suit the students and fit to work right after their graduation as well as increasing and taking advantage of research opportunities. The Industry Board of Department of Computing are made up of industry professionals to provide constructive feedback on our curriculum.  Employers include Intel, DELL, National Instruments, Motorola, etc.


UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College graduates are most wanted by the industry either for internship or immediate recruitment.  95% of our graduates are observed by the software industry within 3 months either before or after the completion of studies with UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College.

2.5 years
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College, Batu Kawan


  • Writing and Referencing
  • Fundamental of Painting
  • Design Fundamental
  • Fundamental of Drawing
  • History of Animation
  • Conceptual Art
  • Digital Media Production
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Oral Communication
  • Digital Character Conceptual Drawings



  • Computer Graphic Communication
  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Modelling
  • Motion Graphic Design
  • Digital Audio Production
  • Digital Video Production
  • 3D Digital Sculpting
  • Visual Effects
  • 3D Animation
  • Game Design and Development
  • Integrative Creative Media Project
  • Professional Practice and Management



  • Practical Training
  • Pengajian Malaysia 2 / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Society and Development in Malaysia
  • Teamwork and Community
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*

Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programs)

Intake dates


15 January 8 March 31 March 28 May 12 July 10 September 25 October
Estimated fees
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*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

SPM / GCE O Level :
Min. 3 Credits


Min. 3 Credits


Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) :
Pass Level 3 and a Credit in Mathematics at SPM Level

English Requirement

Local Student:
Pass (English at SPM level or equivalent)


International Student:
Band 4.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 30 (IBT) or 397 (PBT) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English CAE  & CPE (from 2015) (140); or PTE Academic (36)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia KDU.