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Foundation Course

Diploma in Digital Creativity

  • Length:
    One Academic Year
  • Qualification:
    Diploma Level 5 (120 Credits)
  • Cost:
    Domestic - $10,834 NZD
    International - $19,280
  • Intake Date(s):
    February 23rd, 2015
    July 20th, 2015 View Intake Calendar

Course Overview

Creativity can be a confusing gift to have. As much as you love your passion, deciding how to use it isn't always easy. That's where our Foundation Course comes in. During the year, you will get to taste of graphic and interactive design, sample motion graphics, and try your hand at 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 creative technology industries. You'll be working in a studio-like environment and become accustomed to deadlines, managing and collaborating on projects, and presenting.

You might be aspiring to be 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 programs.

  • 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 orthogrpahic 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 (story board and camera blocking), production (filming, composition and continuity), post-production (editing, overlay graphics, audio, transitions, animation).

Personal and Group Project Projects

You have four weeks to design and create a personal project incorporating many of the skills you have learned throughout the year. Then finish the year off with a 5 week final group project that incorporates various digital elements (logo, posters, packaging, website, 3D model, video and presentation) to meet a brief.

Entry Requirements

Age

Minimum 16 years old.

Prerequisites

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.

Portfolio

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 information. We suggest you put together 6 - 10 pieces of work that you enjoy doing, using your favourite media, for example:

  • 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.

International

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.

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