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Digital Creativity Foundation Programme

Digital Creativity Foundation Programme

  • Length:
    One Academic Year
  • Qualification:
    Level 4 (120 Credits)
  • Cost:
    Domestic - $9,296.00 NZD
    International - $20,600.00 NZD
  • Intake Date(s):
    February 19th, 2018 View Intake Calendar
  • Click here to access key information about this qualification

Course Overview

If you are interested in becoming a part of the creative arts community but you’re not sure which qualification would suit you best, our foundation programme is a great way to discover which career in creative or digital design is for you. Whether you aspire to be in game development, post production and visual effects for film, animation, graphic or motion design, or to work in web and mobile design, this course will put you in a position where you can apply to any one of our degree programmes.

Careers & Industry

This course will give you a taste of what it will be like working in the fields of creative and digital technologies. You'll be working in a studio-like environment and will become accustomed to deadlines, managing and collaborating on projects, and presenting your ideas.

Whether you aspire to work in game art and development, post production and visual effects for film, animation, or the fields of graphic, motion, or web and mobile design, the Digital Creativity Foundation programme of study aims to prepare school leavers or adult learners who can demonstrate introductory skills and experience in design for Media Design School’s Bachelor degree programmes or for employment in entry level roles in the creative industries. 


The Digital Creativity Foundation programme of study comprises of two certificates: the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design and the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design. Each certificate is worth 60 credits and contributes to the completion of the overall programme. 


Topics covered during the Digital Creativity Foundation programme include: 

  • Fundamentals of Visual Communication 
  • Digital Design and Media Design (including digital video production, web and motion graphic design) 
  • Concept Art 
  • 3D Design 
  • An introduction to Game Design. 

Student Work

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Entry Requirements


This course is open to anyone who can provide evidence to support their creative ambitions. There are several opportunities to do this when applying, as you'll need to provide:

  • A basic portfolio
  • Complete a Digital Creativity Task Sheet
  • Provide a letter of intent that shows that the applicant understands the time commitment of the course

Domestic students must be at least 16 years of age.

International Students

If you are an international student, you’ll need to prove that you are proficient in the English language and able to complete this course. We’ll be looking for Academic IELTS 5.5 (minimum) or an equivalent qualification if English is not your first language. 

International students must be at least 18 years of age.


If you are applying for the Diploma in Digital Creativity (Foundation Course) you'll need to put together a Basic Portfolio to demonstrate your creative ambitions. There are no strict rules about what to include. We suggest that you put together 6 - 10 pieces of work that you are especially proud of. We encourage the submission of portfolio items that show a wide range of creative talents including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Drawings;
  • Painting;
  • Photography;
  • Concepts and ideas that interest you.

You'll also need to complete a Digital Creativity Task Sheet, so make sure you include this along with your application.


Study at the Media Design School in Auckland, and you can assure your family that you'll be staying in one of the safest and most live-able cities in the world. Auckland is such a diverse city that, no matter where you're from, you'll find food and experiences here that remind you of home.

This wonderful city has nature on its doorstep and, in the same amount of time it takes to fetch a latte, you could travel to spectacular countryside or beaches, all within a stone's throw from the Central Business District.

If you're thinking about making New Zealand your home while you study for your world recognised qualification, you can find more information about making the transition to our beautiful country here.

Study in Bangkok

Media Design School has partnered with Stamford International University to offer our Foundation Course in Digital Creativity in the heart of Bangkok, Thailand.

The Foundation Course in Digital Creativity is taught as either a bilingual (Thai and English) or an International programme, which is solely instructed in English. Students who complete this course receive both a Bachelor's degree from the Stamford International University and a certificate of completion from the Media Design School.

For more information about studying a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media Design at the Stamford International University in Bangkok, Thailand, visit the Stamford International University Website.

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