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Diploma in Digital Creativity

  • Length:
    One Academic Year
  • Qualification:
    Diploma Level 5 (120 Credits)
  • Cost:
    Domestic - $10,834 NZD
    International - $19,280 NZD
  • Intake Date(s):
    July 13th, 2015
    September 28th, 2015 View Intake Calendar

Course Overview

Looking to get started in the creative industries but not sure where to begin? That's where our Digital Creativity diploma comes in. During the year, you will get a taste of graphic and interactive design, motion graphics, and 3D modelling. Every journey has to start somewhere, and if you're not sure which degree suits you, then this is a great way to discover which creative path you want to venture down.

Careers & Industry

This course will give you a taste of what it will be like working in the fields of creative and digital technologies. You'll be working in a studio-like environment and will become accustomed to deadlines, managing and collaborating on projects, and presenting your ideas.

You might be aspiring to work in game art and development, post production and visual effects for film, animation, graphic or motion design, or web and mobile design. This course will put you in a position where you can decide on a career path that most interests you, as well as bridge any knowledge gaps so you can then apply to any one of our degree programmes.

  • Build a strong foundation in creative technologies to prepare yourself for further study
  • Students develop skills working in a team to deadlines and refine presentation abilities
  • Graduates have a portfolio that showcases their work across a range of media

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Course Outline

The Digital Creativity course is 36 weeks in total, and has been organised into 6 components:

  • Graphic Design (7 weeks)
  • 3D Design (8 Weeks)
  • Web Design & Motion Graphics (7 Weeks)
  • Digital Video (5 Weeks)
  • Personal Project (4 Weeks)
  • Group Project (5 Weeks)

Graphic Design

Learn about graphic design, and the fundamentals of design while creating projects using industry standard software like Photoshop and Illustrator.

Web Design and Motion Graphics

Learn how to design a character from the backstory to orthographic drawings. Then learn how to use 3D software to create hard surface and organic models to match a model sheet.

Digital Video

Move into digital video planning, capturing and editing pre-production (storyboarding and camera blocking), production (filming, composition and continuity), and post-production (including editing, overlay graphics, audio, transitions, animation).

Personal and Group Project Projects

You'll have four weeks to design and create a personal project incorporating many of the skills you have learned throughout the year. You'll then finish the year off with a five week final group project that incorporates various digital elements (logo, posters, packaging, website, 3D model, video and presentation) to meet a creative brief.

Entry Requirements


Domestic students must be at least 16 years of age.


This course is open to anyone who can provide evidence to support their creative ambitions. There are several opportunities to do this when applying, as you'll need to provide:

  • A basic portfolio
  • Complete a Digital Creativity Task Sheet
  • Provide a letter of intent that shows that the applicant understands the time commitment of the course

International Students

International students must be at least 18 years of age and have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent.


If you are applying for the Diploma in Digital Creativity (Foundation Course) you'll need to put together a Basic Portfolio to demonstrate your creative ambitions. There are no strict rules about what to include. We suggest that you put together 6 - 10 pieces of work that you are especially proud of. We encourage the submission of portfolio items that show a wide range of creative talents including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Drawings;
  • Painting;
  • Photography;
  • Concepts and ideas that interest you.

For more information, including layout, cover page, preferred formats, and some links to examples, download the Portfolio Information PDF.

You'll also need to complete a Digital Creativity Task Sheet, so make sure you include this along with your application.


Study at the Media Design School in Auckland, and you can assure your family that you'll be staying in one of the safest and most live-able cities in the world. Auckland is such a diverse city that, no matter where you're from, you'll find food and experiences here that remind you of home.

This wonderful city has nature on its doorstep and, in the same amount of time it takes to fetch a latte, you could travel to spectacular countryside or beaches, all within a stone's throw from the Central Business District.

If you're thinking about making New Zealand your home while you study for your world recognised qualification, you can find more information about making the transition to our beautiful country here.

Study in Bangkok

Media Design School has partnered with Stamford International University to offer our Foundation Course in Digital Creativity in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.

The Foundation Course in Digital Creativity is taught as either a bilingual (Thai and English) or an International programme, which is solely instructed in English. Students who complete this course receive both a Bachelor's degree from the Stamford International University and a certificate of completion from the Media Design School.

For more information about studying a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media Design at the Stamford International University in Bangkok, Thailand, visit the Stamford International University Website.

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