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Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies

Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies

  • Length:
    One Academic Year
  • Qualification:
    Graduate Diploma Level 7 (140 credits)
  • Cost:
    Domestic - from $11,258.50 NZD
    International - $28,600.00 NZD
  • Intake Date(s):
    September 23rd, 2019
    February 17th, 2020
    July 13th, 2020 View Intake Calendar
  • Click here to access key information about this qualification

Course Overview

Think of this programme as the bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study. In this course you'll refine your craft and the opportunity to focus on your interests, based on your own research project in 3D Animation and Visual Effects, Interactive and Web Design, Graphic DesignMotion Graphics, or Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (VR/AR). 

Careers & Industry

If you are looking for a supportive hands-on learning environment that focuses on developing practical skills through working on self-initiated projects, then the Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies is for you.

The GDCT will help you further develop your production and design skills through both project-based and problem-based learning.

You’ll investigate, propose and produce projects in the creative area of your choice that compliment your existing skill-set. As you choose your own research topic, you may opt to work across multiple disciplines, to broaden your skill base and increase your career options.

Graduates from this programme go on to work in a diverse range of careers, depending on the focus of their research project. Examples include:

  • Business owner or freelancer lifestyle
  • Web designer, mobile and front end developer
  • Ad agencies
  • Design studios
  • High end production houses
  • Film post production and animation

When you apply, you'll need to let us know your preferred discipline. You can select from any of the following streams:

  • Advanced 3D
  • Interactive & Web Design
  • Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
  • Graphic Design, or
  • VFX & Motion Graphics
"Our Media Design School alumni have a fantastic attitude to getting stuck in, figuring things out, and building stuff quickly. That's crucial in digital design. I think it's a testament to the practical nature of the course, and what appears to be a focus on learning by doing. This is in contrast to more academic courses which perhaps aren't as hands on."
Tarver Graham Director, GLADEYE

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Course Outline

Students develop and deepen their skills and understanding in an open studio-based programme where they investigate, propose and produce a project (or series of projects) determined by their own interests within the broader creative technologies domain.

Students can choose to either work within a particular creative technologies discipline, or across disciplines, and can work towards either professional, academic, exploratory or experimental learning outcomes.

The course is student-centered with students being proactive independent learners, responsible both for what they learn and how they learn. The course provides a flexible framework, supportive environment and collaborative learning culture. Faculty guide students through their learning as mentors, with the focus on developing students' critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills. This enables them to become effective life-long learners.

Course Overview

In the first semester, students can select from a range of different components across Media Design School's degree programmes in order to develop knowledge in a new area or broaden knowledge in a familiar area. A total of 65 credits will be comprised of electives from level 5, 6, or 7 and an additional 15 credits will be acquired by undertaking a recommended Level 7 component (we recommend Professional & Academic Practice 2).

In the second semester, GDCT students are able to complete their diploma by undertaking a final project or production that demonstrates the knowledge that they have acquired.

Depending on what they’ve specialised in, possible capstone projects include Creative Technologies Productions, a Project-based Inquiry, or an Advanced Individual Production.

Entry Requirements

Open to applicants with a degree qualification, or relevant professional experience in a creative technologies domain.

  • All applicants need to provide evidence to support the level of skill required for a self-directed investigation. Documents that you will need to provide include:

    If you are applying for the GDCT after completing a Bachelors Degree you will need to provide:

    • Your portfolio;
    • Your letter of intent;
    • Your transcripts from your Bachelors qualification; 
    • Your CV/Resume; 


    If you are applying for the GDCT after having worked in relevant industry for six years or more, you will need to provide:

    • Your portfolio;
    • Your letter of intent;
    • Your CV/Resume; 
    • Two reference letters from previous employer/s; and


    You may also want to provide your transcripts from any prior tertiary qualifications if you completed these in the past 10 years.

For all international students: The IELTS score required is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 (or equivalent).


If you are applying for Graduate Studies you'll already have a body of work and a portfolio. When applying, we'll expect your portfolio to be to a professional standard, clearly indicate your areas of interest, and who you are as an artist. We would also like to see your show-reel if applicable, for areas of interest such as visual effects and motion graphics.

We only accept digital copies of your portfolio. Check out More Information about Portfolios for full specs.


Study at Media Design School in Auckland, and you can assure your family that you'll be staying in one of the safest and most liveable 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.

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