Arm yourself for Armageddon

Arm yourself for Armageddon

Yoobee School of Design, Animation College, AMES IT and South Seas Film & Television School are on their way to Armageddon. As New Zealand’s largest pop culture, gaming and entertainment event, our colleges are part of the action!

Taking place this Labour weekend from Friday 19 October to Monday 22 October, our stand is Number 113 and it will be branded Yoobee School of Design, but we will have information from all our colleges. Plus fun things to check out and do to including:

  • 3D Printer – which can print 3D models designed by our students on their programmes;

  • ‘Enter to Win’ competition to win a Wacom 13” Pro!

  • Runner up prizes consisting of a Yoobee Online Short Course, Yoobee student designed hoodie, Yoobee student designed tee.

  • Watch our tutors work on the Cintiq Pro Tablet, and also try it out

  • Get all the study information you need about our creative colleges and our courses

  • Chat to our friendly team.

It will be a huge event, with so much to do, so plan to spend a few hours at least checking out all the really cool things.

"Just do it", says AMES student who joined Summer of Tech internship

"Just do it", says AMES student who joined Summer of Tech internship

AMES Diploma in Computing and Network Support student Jeremy Williams participated in the Summer of Tech Create Camp during August, and joined some of New Zealand’s top local students and graduates in the premier IT internship programme.

The Summer of Tech is a year long programme with the Create Camp being an invite only two day event at the end, where students from all over the country are split into groups and allocated a mentor from the technology industry. It gives students an opportunity to work intensely on a project and develop new skills through teamwork and collaboration.

Jeremy said, “It gave me the opportunity to get a real sense of what working with others in a professional environment is like, albeit a more condensed version of a working week. We started with an idea at 0900 on Saturday, and ended up with a fully functional web application on Sunday at 1700. The very idea of making an app from the ground up in 16 hours was an amazing feat, and to see so much great work coming out of Auckland was a massive inspiration!”

He continued, “My main takeaway from the weekend was that it’s okay not to know absolutely everything at this point, and being on a software team, is less about being a software guru and more about having the right attitude. If you go into it prepared to listen and learn at every moment - you are far more likely to succeed even if you're not the best coder there!”

The Summer of Tech aims to create opportunities for the country’s technology industry by connecting employers with top local students and graduates for paid work experience and graduate jobs.

And Jeremy’s experience reinforces this. He said, “Just do it – if there's a place to be as a software developer starting out, it's this event! Also, Summer of Tech isn't just a single event it’s actually a series of seminars that are held almost weekly throughout the entire year”.

After that there are internships to apply for, which run over the course of the Summer for around three months. Summer of Tech is free, and is built upon the available time and generosity of many big software industry names.

Jeremy has now applied for several internships, and is completing his programme at AMES.



If you’re interested in kick-starting a career in IT, then our open day is a great way to learn about our courses, talk to our tutors, and ask those important questions.



ACG Education Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Ana Maria Rivera as Chief Executive Officer of the Creative and IT colleges across its vocational and higher learning division – New Education Group, which includes Yoobee School of Design, Animation College, AMES – the Institute of IT, and South Seas Film & Television School.

AMES IT Open Day!

AMES IT Open Day!

Choosing where you study can be hard, so that’s why our open days are a good chance to check out our campus before making that all-important decision.

If you’re interested in kick-starting a career in IT, then our open day is a great way to learn about our courses, talk to our tutors, and ask those important questions.

Our student advisor team will be on-hand to answer your questions about Fees-Free policy and eligibility.

There will also be some gaming sessions with games made by AMES students. Plus you can participate in a PC building exercise or check out some VR experiences. 

Come check us out – 10am – 2pm Thursday 25th January 2018

If you have any questions please email or call us on 0800 263 478.

We look forward to seeing you there!

First Year Fees Free!

First Year Fees Free!

New Zealand students will be able to chase their dreams fees-free from January 2018 thanks to the New Zealand Government’s new tertiary education policy.

AMES - The Institute of IT is eligible to offer the first year of tertiary study to New Zealand students free of charge. This is the first step in the government’s stated intent to extend this policy to two years of fees-free study by 2021 and three years by 2024.

In a further boost, from next year, student allowances will be increased by $50 per week. The amount students can borrow as Living Costs under the student loan scheme will also increase by $50 per week.

Under the new fees-free policy, all New Zealand students who finish school in 2017, or will finish school during 2018, qualify for a year of free provider-based tertiary education or industry training up to a cap of $12,000 per year.

The policy will also benefit those who aren’t school leavers. There are no age restrictions, and adults who have done half a full-time year of tertiary education or training may also qualify for fees-free.

Don’t miss out! For further information please get in touch with or alternatively give us a call on 0800 263 748.

Sharing is caring - Refer a Friend!

Sharing is caring - Refer a Friend!

Sharing is caring! Tell your mates about AMES

And if they successfully enrol in an AMES course in 2018 you will receive a $100 Prezzy Card.

AMES is a leading IT education provider in New Zealand, one which prides itself on delivering international qualifications to a premium standard. AMES graduates are work ready and fast tracked into an industry that is showing growth across all specialities.

From a Certificate in IT Essentials to a Bachelor of Creative Software, there are many study options to choose from.

Referral reward available to all Animation College and AMES students, however enrolling student must be enrolled in an AMES course.

Animation College Graduate Exhibition 2017

Animation College Graduate Exhibition 2017

Animation College is hosting a 2017 Graduate Exhibition this December.

Come along to see student work at its finest, including 2D/3D Animation, 3D Sculptures, Video Games and Digital Art. You can even try your hand at VR experiences created by students.

Exhibitors will include students from the Bachelor of Animation, Diploma in Digital Media and Diploma in Applied Animation.

Friday 8th December - Opening Night
Industry Only - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Open Entry (Public) - 7:30 - 10:00pm

Saturday 9th December - Open Day
Open Entry (Public) - 9:00am - 2:00pm

34 Shaddock Street, Eden Terrace, Auckland 1021
Industry Connect Building.

Graduation of Ames Students


This months we celebrated the graduation of our AMES students from the following programs:

  • The Diploma of Computing and Network Support,
  • The Diploma of Distributed Software,
  • The Diploma of Cloud Technology,
  • The Certificate of Computer Technical and Client Support,
  • The Certificate of Window Server Administration,
  • The Certificate in Networking Device Administration and Support,
  • The Certificate in SQL Server and Administration Support,
  • The Certificate in Windows Software Development,
  • The Certificate in Web Software Development.
Donald Penn Speech.JPG

After the HOD ICT opened the graduation our guest speaker Shailan Patel from MYOB addressed the students and their families. His speech was followed by two lecturers, Mathew Aggus and Dominic Westall. At the end, one of the graduates, Donald Penn talked about his journey at AMES IT. Many of the graduates have already secured jobs, and the ones who are still looking will get all the support we can give them to do so and start a new, successful career.


BCS students @ AMES IT visit Scarlet City Studios in Auckland

The students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Software got to visit the Scarlet City Studios in Auckland on the 15th of May together with some of the students enrolled in the Bachelor of Animation from the Animation College. With AMES IT being part of the Animation College, students have the opportunity to work and study alongside animators and artists from the other department of the school. 

At Scarlet City Studios our students were taken on a tour by Paul Dunn. The focus was to try and demonstrate how people from an IT and from an artistic/animation background can work together in the same business to create a successful product. This is only one of the many objectives that we provide for students during their Bachelor of Creative Software programme. For more info on this programme, please click here.

For more information on Scarlet City Studios please visit their site: