Certificate in Design (Foundation) Certificate in Design (Foundation)

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A photograph of a student drawing designs.

CertificateFull time - 1 year, part time - up to 3 years

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$6,250 - $6,900







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start


Christchurch - Madras Street


Gain an understanding of the creative process through practical art and design skills before embarking on further studies at a more specialised level.

During this introductory year you will develop an understanding of the creative design process through practical art and design skills. At the same time we will help you establish good study skills for this and further programmes.

Practical skills are taught in 2D and 3D drawing, digital design, painting, photography, graphics, workshop skills, woodworking, casting techniques, use of recycled material and folio presentation.

You are also introduced to techniques for successful academic study with the opportunity to develop these skills within the foundation history course. This module looks at the theory of design giving you an understanding of how art and design is produced, distributed and consumed with real examples from the local art and design scene.

Please contact us for portfolio requirements. You will also need to meet with the programme leader to discuss your portfolio.

Find out more about studying design

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate 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
  • 12 credits in NCEA English Level 1.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
  • Portfolio You are required to provide a portfolio with your application.
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    • Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Final selection will be based on the evidence supplied in your portfolio.

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form
  • provide a portfolio

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

This programme has been designed to prepare you for further tertiary study in either art or design. Although, this programme is ideal preparation for our Bachelor of Design, however successful completion of the Certificate in Design does not give automatic entry to the degree, you must apply and submit your portfolio.

Study pathways

Our Bachelor of Design programme is a natural progression for certificate graduates. You may also be interested in our Diploma in Photographic Imaging.

Recommended school subjects

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • English literacy