Diploma in Arts and Media (Digital Design and Photography).xml Diploma in Arts and Media (Digital Design and Photography)

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DiplomaFull time - 34 weeks over 1 year, part time also available

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$6,200 - $6,670







Course related costs

Additional funds will be required for the purchase of art materials



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start




Join the dynamic and creative industry of Graphic and Digital Design and learn how to effectively communicate through visual designs, text, images and animation.

The Level 5 Diploma continues the work begun on the Certificate in Arts and Media (Level 4) with a higher degree of specialisation in graphic design and multimedia.

As well as studying logo design, visual identities, creating your own t-shirt range and picture book you will include the use of animation to create motion graphics.

Graduates of the Diploma in Arts and Media - Digital Design and Photography can apply the basic principles of graphic design to multimedia/digital application.

They can develop digital imagery, animation and multimedia solutions using current technology and proficiently use and apply graphics and multimedia software. Graduates are ready for a career in digital graphic design or multimedia or can continue onto further study on the Bachelor of Arts and Media at NMIT.

You will also submit your chosen designs to showcase and sell at our annual exhibition; Polychrome held at Aigantighe Art gallery.

This programme covers:

  • Graphic and Digital Design: Use the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and After Effects. Gain industry-focused graphic and digital design knowledge and skills. Learn about image manipulation, graphic design principles, layout, typography and animation.
  • Visual Culture: Gain a better understanding of art history and theory of images.
  • Drawing and Design: Develop experimental technical and explorative drawing skills.
  • Animation: Learn motion graphics as seen in movies, TV commercials and websites.
  • Internet Design Principles: Gain skills to create modern websites.

Graduates are ready for a career in digital graphic design or multimedia or can continue onto further study in one of the Bachelor of Design specialisations.

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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
    • A minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), including at least 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in each of two subjects, of which at least one relates to English; and at least one is from the subject list below; with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the NZQF.
    • Subject list: Design; Painting; Printmaking; Graphics; Technology; Sculpture; History of Art; Photography; Media Studies; Design (Practical Art) Graphics History of Art History Media Studies Music Studies; Painting (Practical Art); Photography (Practical Art); Sculpture (Practical Art); Technology; Drama; English; Social Studies; Printmaking (Practical Art).
    • Or: For Level 5: successful completion of a recognised art/media foundation programme or equivalent, for example the Aoraki Polytechnic or NMIT Certificate in Arts and Media (Level 4).
Alternative requirements
    • Applications from mature students (over 20 years) are welcome.
    • If you don't have the stated entry criteria, talk to us about whether you have the equivalent skills and knowledge or to determine if this is the right programme for you.
Additional requirements
    • Portfolio: Visual Arts and Design, Graphics and Multimedia.
    • All applicants must submit a portfolio of work showing ability in the major in which they wish to study.
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Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete:

  • an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

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

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Career options may be found in fine arts practice, graphic and website design, the media and publishing industries, the movie and entertainment industry, photography, teaching, and self-employment.

Study pathways

Graduates from this programme could apply for entry to the Ara Bachelor of Design with Recognition of Prior Learning.