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This qualification is for people wanting to gain general skills and knowledge required to work in a technical or assistant digital media and design role.

The aim of this qualification is to build the skills necessary to enter the digital media industry. By the end of study, students will have developed a strong foundation in design – applicable to various areas of computer graphics content creation, including animation, filming, post production, or asset development.

The New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design provides foundational skills in Digital Media and Design  and the basis for entry into further study. Students will also be interested in understanding the film/video game industry and organisational cultures so they can integrate into New Zealand organisations and utilise their professional skills.


Students are required to select a stream:

  • Film
  • Animation




Art History & Constructing Digital Images

This course aims to introduce an overview of art history and practical experiences of digital image construction in order to explore art and design theory.


Production Project

This course aims to introduce learners to cinematic and visual storytelling theories and concepts applied to production projects.


Sociology & Media Studies

This course aims to introduce an overview of sociology and media studies as personal lenses to understand the social world and interpret media messages.


Philosophy and Psychology

This course aims to introduce broad philosophy and psychology concepts and theory, with focus on personal connections.



Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge for a junior/entry-level position in various areas within creative industries. Those areas might include advertising, web design, in-house design studio and news media.

Sectors and professions that students are likely to enter on completion of this programme include:

  • Photography
  • 3D Animation
  • Movie/film making
  • Graphic design
  • Art and art teaching
  • 3D Visualisation


Intakes: February and July
Entry Requirments
Minimum requirments

• When English is not the first language of the student – an academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0.

• Applicants must also have completed a Level 3 qualification in a related field or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills through a portfolio of previous work.

Tuition Fees
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Government tuition subsidy
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Student Success
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National Graduate Outcomes
(3 years after completion)
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