Interactive Design is an artistic science that is bound only by ever-improving developments in technology. Human behaviour is what drives interaction with digital interfaces, and this course gives you the fundamentals in both user-interface, and user-experience design– two highly sought after specialist skills for Front End Developers, Website Designers, and Mobile Application Designers. Our lecturers will give you the right tool-kit to succeed in this fast moving, multifaceted industry.
Careers & Industry
The interactive design major prepares you for the technical demands and creative innovation expected from web and mobile development professionals. As you move along the course you'll gain experience working on live briefs, and be immersed in fundamental digital design processes such as front-end web development, interactive programming and content management systems. By the time you finish the course, you'll have a portfolio loaded with your greatest work, to show-case your skills and talents to employers.
Career paths include:
- Web designer
- Front-end developer
- Mobile application developer
- User interface programmer
"We have hired several MDS graduates now (we try and get one each at the start of each year)I usually email my contact at MDS and ask him who the top students were for the year, then interview them.They are always young, enthusiastic about digital and the course has given them a good working knowledge of frontend, backend, design and the general direction of the industry, which means that they usually know where their strengths lie and what role they are interested in.We have had great success so far with our MDS grads and we plan to keep hiring them!"
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You are introduced to the theories and principles of interactive design methodologies with a focus on goal-centric, platform-agnostic and user experience design. In the studio component, you develop technical solutions in response to creative and technical briefs.
Through a combination lectures, group work and discussions you are introduced to interactive design from a historical viewpoint. You also develop a vocabulary and understanding of the concerns of interactive design to better analyse work and respond to creative briefs. This knowledge is put into practice as part of the studio component.
Through work on your final portfolio, reflect on your specific strengths and weaknesses, self-promotional skills and develop awareness of how you could fit into industry as a professional. This helps to prepare you for the Capstone Project: Practice-based Inquiry and future employment.
To qualify for General Admission, you'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance, or, level 4 or higher Qualification from a related discipline.
NCEA University Entrance
NCEA Level 3: Three subjects at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each.
10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
- 5 credits in reading
- 5 credits in writing
10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:
- achievement standards (specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects), or,
- unit standards, package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627. All three required)
Applicants should also have a minimum of 28 credits at Level 3 NCEA in Art, Design or Technology subjects.
If you are enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school and have not yet completed your NCEA (CIE or equivalent) qualification you can still apply now for admission. When your NCEA results are available in January, we will check them and contact you.
IB and CIE University Entrance
More information on alternative eligible qualifications such as IB or CIE, click here.
If you are an international student, you'll need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.
Special Entry, Discretionary Entry and Cross Credits
If you don't have university entry, you may still be able to apply for this course. More information about Special Entry, Discretionary Entry and Cross Credits here.
When you apply, you'll need to provide us with a digital copy of your portfolio.
Your portfolio is a selection of work that shows your skills and talents. It introduces you and your ideas, and shows us you have the creativity and imagination to be a student at Media Design School. There are no strict rules about what you should include in your portfolio. As a guide, it should include a range of 12 - 20 pieces of your best works that represent who you are as a creative person. We recommend including a range of media and styles. It is not imperative you include digitally rendered artworks. Here are some of the examples you could include:
- Pencil drawings and illustrations
- Graphic or Digital design
- 3D models or visualisations
- Concept art and characters
- Video or moving images
For full description of portfolio requirements, see More Information about Portfolio Requirements.
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.