Bachelor of Media Design

Graphic Design | Interactive Design | Motion Design

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Media Design provides a wide skillset across a range of design disciplines and high-level specialist knowledge that will set them apart in the industry.  Essential business skills are also built into the curriculum to ensure graduates are agile in the industry and primed to manage teams, freelance or set up a business.

Infinite Career Possibilities

  • Students work with the latest technology and software gaining a technical advantage
  • Graduates have the ability to adapt to, forecast and create new processes and technologies
  • Specialist knowledge in addition to a multi-disciplinary skill-set makes graduates agile in the industry
  • Graduates could find work in ad agencies, architectural firms and multimedia companies

Course Breakdown

Year 1

An introduction to theory, professional practice and broad principles that allow you to respond effectively to briefs. You are also immersed in the studio to develop practical and ideation skills. Majors are introduced through theory and studio components.

Year 2

Build on knowledge gained in the first year with an emphasis on developing innovative campaigns. Essential skills in communication, pitching and collaboration are a critical part of the year. You are also armed with strategies and methods to develop their own line of inquiry.

Year 3

The final year covers essential business methods, research methods and project management before an interdisciplinary group project challenges you to synthesize your knowledge and skills as part of a creative team. You will also embark on a half-year, practice-based investigation.

Graduates going places

Our graduates are highly regarded by employers for their technical prowess and professional knowledge that ensures they become effective team members, leaders and business owners.

Read their stories

Intake Calendar

Intake Date Course Duration Application Deadline & Notes
23rd February 2015 3 years full time Apply Now

Entry Requirements

General Admission

NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as:

• An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Media Design School to be sufficient for admission into a bachelors programme.
• CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination)
• IB (International Baccalaureate)

English Language (international applicants): Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent


  • 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Technology, Art and Design (minimum)

If you are enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school and have not yet completed your NCEA (CIE or equivalent) qualification you can still apply now for admission. When your NCEA results are available in January, we will check them and contact you. For more detailed information about the ‘approved subject list’ and specific literacy credits we suggest you check the NZQA website.

Special Admission (age over 20)

Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, are age 20 or more, and have relevant experience and skills may apply for special admission, which must be supported by a professional portfolio or documented industry experience.

Discretionary Admission (under age 20)

Applicants who do not meet requirements for general admission, and are at least 16 and under age 20, may apply for discretionary admission. Discretionary admission applicants should have reached a significant level of achievement in year 12, or have successfully completed a relevant foundation programme or tertiary qualification.

Cross Crediting

Applications for cross crediting are considered on a case-by-case basis. Media Design School graduates may be granted advanced standing based on academic performance and may be required to complete additional course components.

Portfolio Requirements

Application Process

Complete an online application and our staff will be in touch within a few days to assist you through the process. We will require some documentation and a portfolio to support your application and you may be required to complete an interview. More information can be found on the enrolment page.

Get in touch with the team

Our admissions department are here to help with any questions you have. Please let us know if you can’t find the information you are looking for.

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