Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch
Duration 40 Weeks

AUCKLAND

11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 03 Jul 2020

WELLINGTON

11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 03 Jul 2020

CHRISTCHURCH

11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 03 Jul 2020

Domestic students $7,806.27 Eligible for 'Fees-Free' study - 2018 FEES*

International students  $19,000 and $2,000 resource fee*

*2019 FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

NZQA Level 6

Course information


The world of graphic design is rapidly evolving. Master the skills that will keep you fresh, relevant and out in front with our Diploma in Creative Digital Design. Learn how to combine your creative and digital talents to produce work that’s compelling, persuasive - and seriously cool. We’ll teach you typography, layout and how to capture and manipulate images. You’ll deepen your understanding of the conventional design process, and you’ll learn how to channel that knowledge into the creation of epic work - from digital packaging and posters to magazines, brochures and ads.

Gain the practical software, creative and pre-press design skills that industry is crying out for. With this qualification you’ll be highly sought after for both your technical smarts and creative vision, and ideally placed to launch your career in any number of exciting areas. That includes everything from design agencies, print and pre-press, packaging and finished art, to typesetting, magazines and newspapers, advertising and image retouching.

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 6) [Ref. 2639]

*For international students, please read our application process page.

Course highlights


For digital design junkies like you, every minute of this 40 week course will be pure gold. Here are just a few of the topics we’ll immerse you in.

  • Branding – discover how branding and identity influence people’s views of products and services, and create a range of visual assets including print, screen, public advertising and uniforms.
  • Information Design – design publications which speak clearly to your target audience; work with typography, layout and visual components to create deliverables that are bang on the money.
  • Product Launch – we’ll take you through the process step by step, kicking off with creation of the deliverables, and working our way through bar-coding, QR codes, product photography, die lines, packaging and printing. We’ll even show you how to access crowd-funding.
  • Event – create the visual and experiential elements of an event through experimentation and research of way-finding, user experience, and the creation of inspired and effective digital and print collateral.

Where could this take you?


This course opens doors to a slew of career paths in the dynamic world of graphic design. Check out a few of them here:

GRAPHIC DESIGNER - whether you want to work for a large corporate, an edgy ad agency, or a small boutique design studio, graphic designers are in hot demand across a huge range of industries and businesses.

MAC OPERATOR – specialise in print and use your technical skills for the pre-press process.

IMAGE RETOUCHER – edit and change photographs to bring out the best features and eliminate imperfections, often using digital software and a computer.

ILLUSTRATOR – combine your art, design and creative skills to develop ideas and produce original visual images for a wide range of products and clients.

Student Work and Success


Before Bryan Mahy enrolled at Yoobee he was a department manager at Countdown – his life now couldn’t be more different. The Diploma in Creative Digital Design has given him the ultimate freedom of being his own boss, and he is now a successful freelance graphic designer and illustrator. During his studies Yoobee hooked him up with a part-time design job, so when he graduated Bryan had not just great qualifications, but also plenty of relevant work experience. Since then Bryan has lived and worked in New Zealand, the Caribbean and now Melbourne, designing very cool things for very cool companies.

Check him out on Behance:
https://www.behance.net/BryanMahy

Entry Requirements close

In order to gain entry into this diploma, you need to have graduated from the Level 5 Diploma in Digital Design - Web and Graphic or have your portfolio assessed by the Head of Faculty.

You’ll need to provide an application letter (written in your own words and in English) that covers the following:

  •          A brief introduction of yourself
  •          Your academic/work background
  •          Your software skills
  •          Your reasons for wanting to enrol in this programme
  •          Your future aspirations in this field.

If English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.0 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

Portfolio Requirements

You will need to provide a portfolio of original creative works containing 7–10 examples that demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of design, created digitally using the Adobe Creative Suite.

Any portfolio submitted for a Level 6 diploma must be of the following industry-level standard:

  •          Each piece of creative work must be clearly labelled with the intention of the piece and a brief description.
  •          We expect the portfolio to be provided in a PDF format.
  •          All work provided must be original and your own work. Where group work is shown, you must detail your involvement in the project.

You may also be assigned a simple design task that will show us your current level of proficiency in digital design.

Course Components close
  • Branding – Find out how branding and identity influence target audiences' views of products and services. Create a range of visual assets for a variety of projects, including print, screen, public advertising and uniforms. build your understanding of the design process with a focus on branding. 

  • Information Design – Design publications which speak clearly to their target audience through a cohesive set of digital and/or printed items. Work with typography, layout and visual components to create a variety of appropriate and engaging deliverables.

  • Product Launch - Work through the process of launching a product. Create a range of deliverables for a target audience; learn about bar-coding, QR codes, product photography, die lines, packaging and printing on different substrates. Plus investigate how to access crowd-funding.

  • Event – Create the visual and experiential elements of an event through experimentation and research of way-finding, user experience, and the creation of inspired and effective digital and print collateral.

     

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

ASSESMENT

There is one summative assignment in each of the four modules. You must pass all four in order to graduate.

Start Dates close

AUCKLAND

11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 03 Jul 2020

WELLINGTON

11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 03 Jul 2020

CHRISTCHURCH

11 Feb 2019 - 13 Dec 2019
22 Jul 2019 - 03 Jul 2020

Fees close

COURSE FEES

  • Domestic Students: $7,806.27
  • International students: $18,950 + $1,600 resource fee
Equipment & Software close

EQUIPMENT

  • Mac computers

SOFTWARE

  • Adobe CC suite
  • Online collaborative design tools