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Diploma of Computer Graphic Design

  • Full Time:
    41 weeks
  • NZQA Level 6
  • Advanced
  • Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland

Fire up your design career with ACG Yoobee’s Diploma of Computer Graphic Design. Combine artistry with technology to communicate ideas and define commercial identities. Master the technologies that lie at the core of the industry, and develop the skills today’s employers crave.
This course will teach you how to design and produce printed material that’s cool and cutting-edge. From posters, magazines, books and brochures to advertisements, illustrations, display items, and company logos. Plus you’ll learn how to apply your skills to digital publishing for iPad and other mobile technology.

Duration of this course of 35 or 41 weeks is intake dependent. Speak with your Enrolment Advisor for more details.



Entry Requirements

Show us your creativity by submitting examples of your work in a medium of your choice (paintings, illustrations, logo designs etc.) Our Certificate in Digital Media (iCreate) is the perfect stepping stone into this programme.

ACG Yoobee’s Certificate in Digital Media (iCreate) provides an excellent pathway into this programme.

If English is not your first language an IELTS 6.0 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.5) or equivalent is required. You can also sit for a free Online English Placement Test as an alternative proof of English level. Contact us for more details.

Course Components

  • Layout design – master the principles of page design, and learn how to design and layout documents for effective communication.

  • Digital illustration – learn digital illustration and editing methods using a range of techniques.

  • Image capture - study the creation of digital imagery, including image design processes to achieve effective advertising material.

  • Design and visualisation – explore a wide range of creative and design processes to achieve effective visual communication.

  • Branding and advertising - investigate the importance of company branding and production of effective advertising material.

  • Pre-press and problem-solving – prepare electronic files for commercial printing, solve the problems associated with producing a quality output Packaging – design and produce printed packaging items.

  • Packaging - design and produce printed packaging items.

  • Typography – explore the nature and treatment of type and its applications.

Course content is subject to change to ensure continued industry relevance.


Assessment is standards-based, so you’ll need to meet all the standards set for a particular task. There are no marks or examinations. All projects must be produced to a commercial standard. You’re encouraged to develop technical skills and your own design style.

Reassessment opportunities are available. Minimum 80% attendance requirements apply.

Equipment & Software


  • Apple Macs
  • Digital cameras
  • Scanners
  • Printers


Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Acrobat


Course Fees

Domestic Students: $6958, International students: $21,300

Course Costs

Some of these costs might vary depending on the brand you buy and your individual needs. Have a chat with your tutor before you go shopping.

Items provided by ACG Yoobee

  • 1 visual diary
  • Software manuals
  • 10 DVDs – provided
  • 10000 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota
  • Payment to have unit standard credits gained recognised by NZQA.

Essential items to purchase

  • External hard drive 250GB (at least) – up to $200
  • Folders for filing briefs, notes and projects – up to $20
  • Portfolio – up to $180
  • Drawing materials – up to $100
  • Metal ruler and knife – up to $50
  • Binding, paper and mounting board – up to $100
  • Glue – up to $90 Sundry stationery – up to $80

Other stuff you might need:

  • Drawing paper – up to $20
  • Additional visual diaries – up to $30
  • Extra print credits – up to $100 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Extra internet quota – up to $50 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Specialty printing papers – up to $140
  • Digital camera – up to $300


Start Dates


10 Aug 2015 to 9 Jun 2016 - 41 weeks
7 Sep 2015 to 16 Jun 2016 - 41 weeks
15 Feb 2016 to 7 Dec 2016 - 41 weeks


24 Aug 2015 to 30 Jun 2016 - 41 weeks
15 Feb 2016 to 8 Dec 2016 - 41 weeks
9 May 2016 to 10 Mar 2017 - 41 weeks


15 Feb 2016 to 8 Dec 2016 - 41 weeks
18 Jul 2016 to 19 May 2017 - 41 weeks