Certificate in Digital Media (iCreate)

Full Time
15 weeks
NZQA Level 3
Introductory
Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch

Course information


Got digital design in your DNA?

Yoobee’s iCreate explores the high-octane world of digital media and is the perfect platform to unlock your imagination, enhance your skills and prepare you for further study. This is where creativity and digital technology collide – and multiply!

Using computers, digital, still and video cameras, you’ll produce a wide range of original artwork that combines both traditional and digital media. Master digital illustration techniques and learn how to create images and pages suitable for web publication. We’ll also teach you how to capture and edit video, and how to create and animate 2D and 3D objects.

Sound totally awesome? You betcha! And all this fine work will be complemented by all manner of art and creative practices which will super-charge your skills toolkit and prime you for further study.

Course highlights


This could quite possibly be the best 15 weeks of your life. You’ll be dipping your toes into a bunch of different design areas, and we’ll help you discover where your true talents lie. It’s your starting block to a future that’s creative, inspiring and rewarding. You don’t want to miss it!

Here’s some of the stuff you’ll be learning:

  • Core Skills – learn how to use a digital still camera, scan, create and manipulate images, explore pattern and texture and create a visual diary. You’ll also learn about design principles and computer file management.
  • Print – discover the production planning process for printed documents, create single and multipage documents for printing, and build your knowledge of graphic design terminology and principles.
  • Motion – grow your understanding of the production planning process for animated and video-based stories, learn film and animation terms, make a short film, model a simple character and animate a supplied character.
  • Interactive – Uncover the production planning process for web-based projects, build web and new media terminology, and produce a basic interactive website.

Where could this take you


So, what do you really want to be? Where does your heart truly lie? iCreate is here to help you find out! It’s your stepping stone to an extraordinary array of careers in the creative industries, and where you go to from here is pretty much limitless. Whet your appetite with some of these awesome jobs…

CHARACTER ANIMATOR – create and design characters using 2D and 3D animation software, and even puppetry!

IN-HOUSE GRAPHIC DESIGNER -  unleash your graphic design expertise in the creative department of a corporation, retail business or agency.

WEB DESIGNER – tap into both your creative and technical sides to carve a career building and redesigning websites.

GAME DEVELOPER – create the video games that the whole world loves. Play to your strengths – in this industry you can specialise in anything from concept and story writing to coding and programming.

Student work and success


iCreate was the launching pad for an exciting career in game development for Yoobee graduate Jordan Halsall-Rae. Keen on a creative career, but unsure which path to take, the 15-week foundation programme laid a solid 

base and gave Jordan an excellent overview of his options. He went on to gain two Yoobee diplomas and a confident knowledge of 3D graphics. Just check out his showreel!

This showreel helped him land a paid internship at game development company Cerebral Fix, where he’s now sharpening his skills doing cool stuff like sculpting models, rigging and animation. But he won’t be there for ever – this ambitious gamer has his sights set on global domination, and sees himself eventually working for game companies in the UK, US and Australia.

Course Details

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An interest in design and basic computer skills are all you need to get into iCreate.

If English isn’t your first language though, you’ll need an IELTS 5.5 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.0) or equivalent. Alternatively sit our free Online English Placement Test. Contact us for more details.

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Course Highlights close
  • Core Skills – learn how to use a digital still camera, scan, create and manipulate images, explore pattern and texture and create a visual diary. You’ll also learn about design principles and computer file management.

  • Print – discover the production planning process for printed documents, create single and multipage documents for printing, and build your knowledge of graphic design terminology and principles.

  • Motion – grow your understanding of the production planning process for animated and video-based stories, learn film and animation terms, make a short film, model a simple character and animate a supplied character.

  • Interactive – Uncover the production planning process for web-based projects, build web and new media terminology, and produce a basic interactive website.
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AUCKLAND

  • 12 Feb 2018 – 18 May 2018

WELLINGTON

  • 12 Feb 2018 – 18 May 2018

CHRISTCHURCH

  • 12 Feb 2018 – 18 May 2018
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COURSE FEES

  •          Domestic students: $1348.06
  •          International students: $6,750 + $750 resource fee

COURSE COSTS

These might vary depending on the brand you buy.

Yoobee provides:

  • 1 visual diary
  • 1500 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota
  • Art materials (paints, crayons, paper, modelling clay etc)

You’ll need to buy:

  • USB drives (2-4 GB) – up to $35
  • Ruler and knife – around $5
  • Glue stick – around $5

Other stuff you might need:

  • Storage media for back up – up to $100
  • Art materials – up to $200
  • Extra print credits – up to $20 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Extra internet quota – up to $30 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Extra visual diaries – up to $30
  • Earphones for sound editing – up to $30
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Equipment

  • Apple or PC computers
  • Digital still cameras
  • Digital video cameras
  • Scanners
  • Printers

Software

Here’s some of the software you might be using:

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Dreamweaver
  • Adobe Flash
  • Apple iMovie
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Autodesk Maya
  • ActiveState Komodo