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General Admission Requirements for Bachelor Programs

3D Animation & Visual Effects (Bachelor of Art & Design) NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance. Applicants should also have a minimum of 28 credits at Level 3 NCEA in Art, Design or Technology subjects. Plus, you must provide a portfolio.
Graphic, Interactive & Motion Design (Bachelor of Media Design) NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance. Applicants should also have a minimum of 28 credits at Level 3 NCEA in Art, Design or Technology subjects. Plus, you must provide a portfolio.
Game Art (Bachelor of Creative Technologies) NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance. Applicants should also have a minimum of 28 credits at Level 3 NCEA in Art, Design or Technology subjects. Plus, you must provide a portfolio.
Game Programming (Bachelor of Software Engineering) NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance, plus a minimum of 28 credits at Level 3 NCEA in Mathematics, Physics, or Computing and Technology, and 10 credits at Level 2 or above made up of achievement standards or unit standards 26623, 26626 and 26627.


General Admission Requirements for Diploma Programs

Foundation Course (Diploma in Digital Creativity)Minimum 16 years old (domestic) or 18 years old (international). No formal qualifications required for this course. Applicant considered after submitting portfolio, support references and personal statement). Literacy and numeracy requirements highly recommended.
Creative Advertising (Diploma in Creative Advertising)Minimum of 18 years old and can demonstrate determination, problem solving, lateral thought, motivation and creativity.
Graduate Studies (Graduate Diploma)A relevant degree qualification (or relevant professional experience specialising in creative technologies). Plus, provide evidence that can undertake self-directed investigation (provide portfolio/show-reel of creative/technical work or employer statements)


NCEA University Entrance

NCEA Level 3: Three subjects at Level 3, made up of 14 credits each.

Literacy

10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:

  • 5 credits in reading
  • 5 credits in writing

Numeracy

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)


CIE University Entrance

Applicants must obtain:

  • a minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff* at A or AS level
  • a D grade or better in Art, Design or Technology subjects.

Literacy:

  • An E grade or better in any one of AS English Language, Language and Literature in English, Literature in English OR
  • As prescribed for university entrance with NCEA.

Numeracy:

  • a D grade or better in IGCSE or GCSE mathematics, or
  • any mathematics passed at AS level.
  • as prescribed for university entrance with NCEA.


IB University Entrance

An applicant will be deemed to be eligible for admission if they have been awarded the full International Baccalaureate Diploma (24 points minimum).


Special Admission

Special Admission is a way to be considered for entrance if you are a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident, are over 20 years of age on the first day of semester and want to study at University, but don't have a formal university entrance qualification. Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, and have relevant experience and skills may apply for special admission, which must be supported by a professional portfolio or documented industry experience.


Discretionary Admission

Discretionary Entrance is based on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 2 (or higher), and is available to applicants who have gained exceptional results in Year 12. You must be under 20, be a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident, and not be otherwise qualified for entrance to university. Discretionary Entrance is not available to international students.


English Language Requirement

Media Design School expects all students to be proficient in English at an academic level. All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English through IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) from an accredited organisation. To study at Media Design School, degree and graduate diploma applicants must have an academic IELTS score of at least 6.0 (across all bands). A transcript of your results (or certified copy) should be included with your application. IELTS and alternative test results are only accepted for two years from the examination date. Visit www.ielts.org for further information.


Recognition of Prior Learning Recognition

Prior Learning (RPL) or advanced standing may be granted to students with prior tertiary education and experience relevant to the intended programme of study. Applicants must also provide a strong portfolio showing substantial creative and technical potential. The admissions team will recommend a transfer credit based on academic transcripts, appropriate industry experience and the applicant's ability to communicate strong commitment to the intensive nature of the course for which they are applying. RPL must be requested at the time of application. Applicants wishing to be considered for RPL for previous studies at other New Zealand or overseas tertiary institutes must provide certified copies of academic transcripts as well as detailed course outlines. Qualifications completed more than five years from date of application cannot be recognised. All photocopied documents (results, transcripts, certificates, etc.) must be certified as true and correct copies. Documents that have not been certified will not be accepted.

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