Micro-credential, NZQA Level 8 (Postgraduate)

6 Credits

Start Dates
Course Fees
Domestic $384.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

Refer to Entry Criteria below

Portfolio Requirements


Study Options

Study online
7 Weeks
Weekly 2.5 hour workshop
Wednesday evenings
(from 5.30pm)
Part time
Study around your work
Online & Live
Flexible and interactive


Aim, content and outcomes

Essential upskilling for working professionals, leaders and managers from all industries and sectors looking to creatively solve problems and develop innovative products, services, processes and systems.

  • Learn from industry guest speakers
  • Collaborate with like-minded professionals
  • Propose a design solution to a problem in your chosen organisation

Design thinking is a practical and creative problem-solving approach that focuses on human need. As a human-centred and iterative design approach, it involves empathising, defining, ideating, prototyping and testing – to develop better and more innovative products, services, processes and systems. Design Thinking is therefore highly relevant to any business or organisation across all sectors.

In this Design Thinking micro-credential you will develop

  • the ability to creatively solve specific problems through convergent and divergent thinking processes
  • the ability to critically reflect on your practice and outcomes
  • a Kaupapa Māori approach to design thinking and practice
  • a creative solution to a real-world problem within your organisation

Successfully complete this micro-credential and you can transfer these 6 credits towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Transformation* at Media Design School (*subject to meeting programme entry criteria).

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Entry Requirements

This is a Level 8 micro-credential on the NZQCF, equivalent to Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level study.

You will need: 

  • Bachelor's degree, or equivalent level qualification,  OR 
  • Equivalent and relevant professional experience that demonstrates ability to perform in the micro-credential and commit to achieving its outcomes

All entry applications are assessed by the Programme Director and a personal interview may be requested if necessary.

International students will need to have sufficient English language skills to complete this micro-credential: Academic IELTS 6.5 (minimum with no bands less than 6.0), or a minimum TOEFL score of 100, with minimum sub-scores of 25 (or equivalent qualification, if English is not your first language).

How to apply

Click on Apply and complete the application form.

Attach the following documents:

  • Proof of ID and
  • Proof of bachelor’s degree or equivalent OR
  • Proof of equivalent and relevant professional experience eg CV, pay slips, references

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