TORO Academy creates training pathways enabling our local youth and career changers to access both the local and global production industry.  

Our programme supports tauira (students) to remain connected to Te Ao Māori while learning hands-on animation, production skills and soft skills for entering the creative tech industry. We have infused kaitiakitanga (pastoral care) throughout the programme and tauira (students) are introduced to masterclasses from partnerships in the AMO Collab – group of New Zealand’s finest creative agencies, VR gaming and production specialists.

Our Cohort

Stunning young creatives are now out in the work force beginning their careers working for the world's best digital animation creative tech companies.


We are incredibly proud to announce that two TORO Academy graduates have secured year long, paid internships with @disguise in Auckland! Kody and Terri worked hard to ensure they  got the absolute best out of the 16-week programme and their skill, talent and determination has paid off.

Now the hard mahi starts! Watch this space as we are working on some other exciting internship placements for some of our lucky tauira (students) .

Industry Support

TORO Academy are extremely grateful by the generosity of the creative tech companies who have stepped forward to give their time and expertise to tauira (students) . Included in this esteemed group are @Ogilvy Networks, @Staples VR, @Method Digital, @Toybox Animation, @Metia Interactive, @Aardman Animations, @Tikipunk Studios, @disguise, and @Adrenaline, @Augusto, @Greenstone TV, @Rocketwerkz, @Soul Machines, and @Cause and FX. These connections have enabled us to broaden the scope of possibility and introduce new pathways to tauira (students) with various industry opportunities. Thank you all for being part of the success of this pilot programme, placing industry at the core of TORO Academy.

Interested in joining us for our next intake? Keep up to date with our news and course details via our social media channels.

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