Diploma in Digital Design – Web and Graphic Design

Full Time
40 weeks
NZQA Level 5
Auckland / Wellington / Christchurch

Course information

Ever thought about how everything you see on a screen is really just a bunch of zeroes and ones? Turning those into something beautiful and user-friendly is the craft of the designer. With this programme you’ll take your first steps towards becoming one, learning how to use graphic design to produce websites, software and user interfaces.

The Diploma in Digital Design – Web and Graphic gives you a taste of all the major components of graphic design and web development. Plus, you’ll cut your teeth on some insanely cool projects that will not only build your skills, but also your portfolio. And for you - a budding designer - that portfolio is your golden ticket to further study or an awesome entry-level job.

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the NZ Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5). This little piece of paper tells the design world that you have the latest industry skills, some hands-on experience, and a headful of brilliant ideas. When it comes to launching your design career, there’s no better rocket platform.

Course highlights

Your 40 weeks of high-octane fun includes four 10-week modules that will equip you with the technical skills and design smarts you need to kick-start your career. You’ll complete an in-depth assessment for each topic, using industry standard processes, and you’ll build a strong portfolio that shows the development of your own personal style. Here’s what you’ll cover:

  • Design Foundation – these core skills are a must for any aspiring designer. Get the skinny on current industry processes, so you can hit the ground running once you nail a job.
  • Web Design – a functional, responsive website is a beautiful thing. Find out how to make one for tablet and smartphone using WordPress, HTML and CSS.
  • Graphic Design – master the skills to create a stand out range of professionally-crafted documents for the printed and digital world.
  • Interface Design – study the way humans and technology interact. Learn to build a user interface that’s both functional and intuitive.

Where could this take you?

Opportunities abound for talented graphic designers and web developers. Work for the man, or work for yourself; for a large corporation or a boutique ad agency; for a not-for-profit or a hipster start-up. Wherever you want to work, and whoever you want to work for, this qualification has got you covered. It will give you the skills and knowledge you need to ace it in the printed and digital worlds, in pretty much any industry on the planet.

To whet your appetite, check out some of these career opportunities…

IN-HOUSE DESIGNER – Work as a graphic designer in the creative department of a corporation, such as a bank, insurance company or retail business

CREATIVE DIRECTOR – Take the creative lead at an ad agency or marketing company, collaborating with designers, writers, artists and marketers to create a vision for products and brands.

MAC OPERATOR – Specialise in print and use your technical skills for the pre-press (preparation for print) process, often in large advertising agencies.

WEB AND MOBILE INTERFACE DESIGNER – Use your creative and technical expertise to create great user experiences on websites, mobile phones and other devices.

WEB DEVELOPER – More of a back-end kind of creative? If you enjoy programming then fix your focus on the back-end development of a website and the creation of highly complex search functions.

Student Work and Success

This course can lead you in all sorts of completely different - but equally epic - directions. Take Mark Hamilton and Cassidy Taylor for example. Mark (who we have to thank for this uber-cool Yoobee website image) picked up a bunch of awards during his studies with us, including a design competition on 99Designs and a rebrand award for the Christchurch City Choir. He spent a few months as an intern doing small business branding before getting snapped up by St Johns Ambulance as their in-house designer. Recent graduate Cassidy Taylor on the other hand, used all she learned at Yoobee to start her own highly successful stationery design business, Anchor Designs. Both of them reckon they couldn’t be happier!


Course Details

Entry Requirements close

This is an entry-level programme but we still need to be sure you’re ready to take it on. You’ll need NCEA Level 3 with at least one subject in a relevant field, or some examples of your work that showcase your skills in web and graphic design.

Haven’t got those? Don’t sweat it! Yoobee has an awesome line up of foundation courses that will get you up to speed. In fact, students who complete our Level 3 iCreate programme gain automatic entry into this diploma.

*If English isn’t your first language, 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

*All students will need to have over 80% attendance to pass this programme.

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Course Components close

You’ll study four 10-week modules, and complete an in-depth assessment for each.

  • Module 1: Design Foundation – gain core skills that are a must for any designer. Learn about current industry processes so you can fit right in to the workplace.
  • Module 2: Web Design – find out how to make a functional, responsive website that displays on both tablet and smartphone using Wordpress, and basic HTML and CSS.
  • Module 3: Graphic Design – get the skills to create a wide range of professionally-crafted documents for digital display.
  • Module 4: Interface Design – study the way humans and technology interact. Learn to build a user interface that is functional and intuitive.

Assessment: Each module will be assessed by a project, completed using industry-standard processes. You’ll build a strong portfolio using the work you submit to show the development of your own personal style.

All students will need to have over 80% attendance to pass the programme.

Start Dates close


  • 30 April 2018 - 19 April 2019
  • 23 July 2018 – 5 July 2019


  • 30 April 2018 - 19 April 2019
  • 23 July 2018 – 5 July 2019


  • 23 July 2018 – 5 July 2019
Fees close


  • Domestic students: $7,806.27 Eligible for 'Fees-Free' study 
  • International students: $18,950 + $1,600 resource fee

Programme fees are subject to change.


These might vary depending on the brand you buy and your individual needs.

Yoobee provides:

  • 1 visual diary
  • Software manuals
  • 300 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota

You’ll need to buy:

  • USB 3.0 external HDD (1TB or more) - $120
  • SDHC card (class 10) – approx. $40

Other stuff you might need:

  • Android or iOS smartphone – will be helpful for website testing
  • Extra print credits – up to $80 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Sundry stationery – up to $100
Equipment & Software close


  • PC or Apple computers


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Sublime Text 3
  • WordPress