Postgraduate Diploma

30 Weeks
NZQF Level 8 (120 Credits)

Start Dates
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $10,180.00 NZD
International $33,417.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

A relevant degree qualification (or relevant professional experience specialising in creative technologies). Plus, provide evidence that can undertake self-directed investigation (provide portfolio/show-reel of creative/technical work or employer statements).

Portfolio Requirements

Advanced Portfolio


Create the impossible

The Media Design Graduate School empowers you to take steps that will change the world. Mix with the brightest, most passionate people. Develop systematical creative thinking and build design skills in an innovative fast-paced fun environment.

This 30 week full-time programme is for those with an undergraduate degree who wish to develop and update their strengths across the digital design spectrum. Develop analytical design thinking and build creative technological skills in an innovative environment.

Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

To complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Design, you must complete any four of the following components:

If you have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Design at Media Design School, then the 60 credits that you have already completed will be applied to the Postgraduate Diploma of Design, which means that you will only be required to complete an additional two components.

Component Name Credits Toggle
Design Research: Connecting Texts, Deciphering Context
Interdisciplinary Design Project: Emerging Contexts
Contemporary Design Issue: Creative Futures
Special Topic Project: Creative Entrepreneurship
Special Topic Project: Design and Economies
Interdisciplinary Design Theories: Dialogues

Qualification Requirements

Qualifications you'll need for this course

To ensure optimal peer-to-peer learning, Media Design School determines each Postgraduate Design cohort by carefully managing the participant mix. Postgraduate Design participants typically have 6 plus years of professional experience, are recognised as having significant potential. Most applicants have a high degree of specific design knowledge. Others come from diverse backgrounds but have a strong interest in how Design can be applied to their specific field and interests.

We’re open to unusual applications and backgrounds!

International Students: If you are an international student, you'll need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 (minimum) with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.

BYOD Requirements

BYOD Requirements

Before you begin your study with us, you will need to have a suitable device that has the functionality to run the programmes required for your course.

Follow this link to find course-specific requirements and recommendations, along with links to more information about hardware specifications. We have prepared these recommendations to help our students equip for flexible, blended learning.

Careers & Industry

Career Pathways

Possible career pathways for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Design include both strategic and design positions within design studios, companies and consultancy agencies:

Design Project Manager; Systems Designer; Merchandising and Branding Developer or Strategist; Sustainability Designer; Interactive Designer; Mobile Technologies Designer; User Experience Designer; Design Analyst; Screen Designer; Digital Animator; Information Designer; Product Designer and Developer; Service Designer; Transmedia Designer; Packaging Designer; Secondary Design Teacher; Design Consultant; Design Manager.

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