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Certificate in English and Design

Full time, 12 or 24 weeks, level 3, NZQA approved
(Auckland Campus only)

This unique new programme is for students to improve their English skills and at the same time get a taste of a variety of digital media. You will learn the basics of design and improve your general English at the same time.  Based at our Auckland design school campus, this is no ordinary language programme,  you will be surrounded by creative students and the latest Macintosh technology.

Why choose the Certificate in English and Digital Design?

      • You want to study a Yoobee School of Design Diploma but you do not have the required English requirement.
      • You want to combine English study with practical computer design projects.
      • It is a unique course and English language opportunity, there are no other courses around like it.


Forget language schools where no one speaks English outside of class – at Yoobee School of Design you can socialise with New Zealand and international students as you improve your English and create exciting design work using the Adobe Creative Suite.

What does this course include?

 12 hours of general English instruction plus 8 hours of practical digital design instruction each week. The Digital Design programme includes a range of projects in Graphic Design, Web Design, Filmmaking and Interactive Design.

You will study English for 3 hours each morning with our English tutor Sara. She has a degree in Art History, and over four years teaching experience in New Zealand and Asia. In this class you will prepare for taking the IELTs General Training exam with a goal of 5.5 in mind. As well as this, you will get plenty of practise with technical design vocabulary and improve your everyday English.

Ken, who also manages Yoobee School of Design's own graduate studio ‘Creative Bite’, is the tutor of the digital design part of the programme. Ken has extensive industry experience as an art director and studio manager and was a lecturer at Sydney’s top design college Billy Blue for over 10 years. In this part of the programme you will study for 2 hours per day learning the basics of key creative industry programs and complete design briefs on photography, the design process, digital video, package design, Flash animation and many more aspects of digital design. On Fridays your study will be self-directed, allowing for time to do research, complete assignments or brush up on problem areas in your English with tutor input available. 

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum  of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent is required.  You can also sit for a Free Yoobee Online English Placement Test as an alternative proof of English level. Contact us for more details.

What qualification can be gained?

Certificate in English and Digital Design (Level 3).

What are the pathways for further learning?

Successful completion of both the English and Design course will give student entry into Yoobee's Diploma of Computer Graphic DesignDiploma of Animation and Digital VideoDiploma of Interactive Design or Diploma of Web Development.

How long is the English and Digital Design course?

12-24 teaching weeks. 

When can I start?

3 February *
17 February
3 March
17 March
7 April
28 April*
12 May
26 May
9 June
30 June
21 July*
4 August
18 August
1 September
22 September
13 October*
27 October
10 November
24 November

*Best start dates for design content

What are the course fees?

NZ$9000 for 24 weeks.

Course location

The course is run at our campus in Auckland city, New Zealand. Auckland is New Zealandís largest city. It is a multi-cultural city, clean, safe and welcoming with a warm climate and beautiful beaches. A fantastic place to live and study.