This diploma is an exit qualification from the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Design).
Become a graphic designer or specialise in motion. Learn about publication design, digital photography, illustration, package design, motion graphics, 3D modeling and animation. Get a solid foundation in the drawing and design process.
See examples of student work on the Digital Media page of the Whitireia Media gallery.
This one year course provides a solid grounding and hands-on experience in design and technical ability for print, web, packaging, and the moving image. There are a number of possible pathways - print, illustration, packaging, web design, animation and post-production in both 2D and 3D.
Students can graduate with the Diploma in Digital Design, or continue to do years 2 and 3 of the Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Design).
Core modules are:
- Publication Design 1
- Drawing and Design 1
- Contextual Studies 1
- Creative Enterprise 1
Elective modules include:
- Motion graphics
- Package design
- 3D Modelling and Animation 1
- Digital Illustration
- Photography and Digital Imaging
For detailed descriptions of the modules, please download the Diploma in Digital Design Module Outline (PDF file, 28KB).
Hours, extra costs, facilities
Our facilities include studios for video and photography, drawing and design as well as state-of-the-art computer labs with both Mac and PC platforms.
This course runs from Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm daily, with breaks for lunch and morning and afternoon tea. One day (usually Wednesday) is self-directed but students are expected to work on course projects. Computer and studio facilities, and technical support are available at those times.
Students are provided with a small printing allowance but should allow for additional costs for printing ($60). Digital file storage and backup is essential as the course proceeds so students are advised to purchase a portable hard drive or similar (up to $200).
Whitireia Degree Entry requirements
A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher made up of:
14 credits in an approved level 3 or higher subject
14 credits in a second approved level 3 or higher subject
14 credits in no more than two other approved level 3 or higher subjects
8 credits at level 2 or higher in English or te Reo Maori with at least 4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing
4 credits at level 1 or higher in mathematics or Pangarau
Discretionary Entrance for students under 20 years of age
Students under 20 who have NCEA credits at level 2 or higher but who do not meet the undergraduate degree requirements may apply for discretionary entrance.
Supporting recommendation from the applicant's school or workplace is also required. Each application will be assessed on its merits and entrance granted at the Dean's discretion.
Entry requirements for students 20 years of age and over
Students will have to either meet the academic undergraduate degree requirements or equivalent or provide evidence of success in recent tertiary level study at Level 4 or above.
Previous work and life experience will be taken into account for mature students.