New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5).xml New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

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New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)
Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media Design (Level 4); or New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4); or New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4).
If English is not your first language, IELTS 5.5 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in any band).

Any minimum or preferred criteria for entry to this qualification.

Detailed requirements

Click here for more information on any additional entry criteria for this qualification.

Duration

The minimum amount of time it takes to complete this qualification.

Tuition Fees

Student fees

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The annual and total qualification tuition fees payable by a student to study this qualification, additional to what the government contributes. (These are averages based on recent course enrolments. Your fees may differ depending on your course selection.)

Government tuition subsidy

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The average annual and total amount paid by government towards the tuition fees for this qualification, additional to what the student pays. (These are estimates based on the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

Total

Annual: - Total Qualification:
The combined total of the annual and total amount paid by both student and government towards the tuition fees for this qualification. (These are estimates based on recent course enrolments and the fees subsidy paid by government to tertiary providers last year.)

For more information on compulsory student services fess, loans and allowances.

Student Success

Successful course completion -

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification last year.

National Graduates Outcomes

3 years after completion

Earnings -

(lower quartile, median, upper quartile)
The median represents the middle value for all earnings of young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally. Earnings do not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO. The upper and lower quartile values represent the one quarter point and three quarters point for earnings. Half of all graduates had earnings within this range.

In employment -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

In further study -

This percentage relates to young graduates who completed a qualification in this subject area at this level nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualification at this TEO.

Content

This diploma aims to develop the technical and thinking skills needed to work in visual communication or graphic design at an introductory level.

Core skills taught include creative idea generation, drawing, design strategies, graphics, branding and communication and photography. As part of this students will have an introduction to using computers for creative work using Adobe Creative Suite software.

As well as studio courses, students will complete a contextual studies course. This is the main academic subject, and includes communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and bi-cultural issues.

Credit recognition

Credit Recognition may be available for this programme. If you’ve previously completed study in this area please contact the relevant academic department for cross credit/credit transfer options. If you’ve gained related skills and knowledge through work experience, talk to our Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • NCEA Level 3
    Or
    New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media Design (Level 4); or
    New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4); or
    New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4).

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Applicants are required to submit a portfolio or other evidence to demonstrate their creative work. Applicants may be required to attend an interview to discuss their portfolio and determine suitability for their chosen programme.

English requirements
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language may also be required to provide evidence of English language skills. Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact us for an assessment

    Note:
    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
    Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.

OVERALL IELTS REQUIREMENTS

5.5 ACADEMIC

SPEAKING

5.0

READING

5.0

WRITING

5.0

LISTENING

5.0
Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the entry criteria are accepted into the programme in the order applications are received.

PROGRAMME CODE: NZ2638
LEVEL: 5
CREDITS: 120
COMMENCES: February
APPLICATION DUE:
Domestic: Received all year
International: Received all year
ANNUAL FEES:
Domestic: $6040 - $6300
International: $21280
LOCATION: Timaru
PART-TIME AVAILABILITY:
ADDITIONAL COSTS:

Next steps

Please complete:

  • An Admission and Enrolment form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

You will need to have ready a portfolio of artwork.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Graduating with this diploma will give the student introductory skills in visual communication sufficient to work at entry level with professional supervision. Graduates will be able to lay out artwork as well as generate their own to an introductory level. They will also have a good basic knowledge for more advanced study.

Study pathways

This programme will equip students for further study at higher levels. Entry to the Ara Bachelor of Design at second year level will be an option for students with a sufficient level of success in the Diploma.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art history
  • Graphics