Three exciting new programmes in graphic design and multimedia have been developed for Whitireia Community Polytechnic in 2002. Building on the success of the Desktop Publishing for Print and the Web programme together with the nationally renowned visual arts and music programmes, Whitireia has established a National Diploma in Design (Graphic strand), a National Certificate in Electronic Multimedia and a National Certificate in Design.
"We have had many requests from students to extend the current programme in Desktop Publishing. But I'd heard comments often from the industry that one-year design courses were useful but they didn't provide sufficient depth of training," says Barbara Harford, coordinator of the new programmes.
"The Design Industry Training Organisation was just developing this new national diploma and we felt it met all the criteria we were looking for."
The polytechnic is offering a multi-stepped programme of study to provide opportunities at many levels. The six-month Desktop Publishing Certificate provides an introduction and overview of the industry. It is also excellent for those who want to upskill in the latest industry software and begin building a portfolio.
The next step can be the one-year National Certificate in Design (Technician). This provides a solid grounding in the design and production of printed media with the opportunity to develop a professional standard portfolio. Alternatively, students can choose the two-year National Diploma which provides an opportunity to seriously and passionately explore creative potential for both print and digital media.
Alongside these programmes sits Multimedia. "Our new state-of-the art multimedia lab will have a powerful two platform setup of MacG4s and Pentium 4 PCs with digital video, audio, editing, web building, 3D modelling and animation. This will be the heart of our programme for the National Certificate in Electronic Multimedia," says Ms Harford. "All of our programmes will be monitored, mentored and taught by industry professionals to ensure up-to-the-minute relevance and quality training."