Three Academic Years
Degree NZQF Level 7

360 credits (1.0 EFTS per year)

Start Dates
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $8,868.00 NZD
International $28,800.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

NCEA Level 3, CIE or IB University Entrance or Level 4 or higher Qualification from related discipline (not required for students 20+)

Full details including discretionary entrance based on Level 2 Excellence Endorsement can be found here.

Portfolio Requirements

A portfolio is not required if you are applying for the Bachelor of Information Technology.

Study Options

Study on campus Study online

Why study a Bachelor of Information Technology?

Technology with a creative edge

Develop key information technology (IT) skills while cultivating a mindset of creativity and innovation, with Media Design School's Bachelor of Information Technology.

This IT course will equip you with a range of technical skills for rapidly growing digital industries, complemented with the knowledge of human centric computing, design thinking and media technologies. The Bachelor of IT at Media Design School isn't just about coding and algorithms; it's a dynamic fusion of disciplines that equips you with problem-solving skills for a range of industries.

Our Bachelor of Information Technology focuses on high-demand areas in Aotearoa and globally, including, but not limited to: 

  • Cybersecurity
  • Software Engineering
  • Cloud Computing
  • Human-Centred Design
  • Ethical Hacking

When you graduate, you'll have knowledge across a wide range of IT applications, along with hands-on experience with industry-standard tools. This will ensure you're job ready and able to pursue a rewarding career in current and future Information Technology markets, where software engineering, smart computing, global connectivity, and human-centric technologies are thriving. 

Bachelor of Information Technology
A dynamic fusion of disciplines

Gain a wealth of technical knowledge whilst cultivating the Media Design School mindset that embraces innovation and creativity at its core.

Course Outline

Structure & Components

Design your own IT job pathway based on your interests and career direction, with our personalised learning experience. Along with the core components, you’ll take one elective each semester that enhances and supports your area of IT interest.

For example, if you want to strengthen your knowledge and skills in AI, you’ll be able to select electives such as Concepts of AI in Year 1, followed by Applications of AI in Year 2, and Machine Learning Principles or Deep Learning in Year 3. See a full list of available options in the 'Electives' tab.

Soft skills, such as communication, organisation, teamwork, creativity, problem-solving and analytical abilities are embedded throughout the programme, with Mātauranga Māori incorporated where applicable. 



Reduce your workload to enable you to work while you study, by taking our Bachelor of Information Technology part-time.

If you choose the part-time study option, we’ll work with you to create an individual study plan and map out together the courses you’ll take in each semester and year.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 3, CIE or IB University Entrance or Level 4 or higher Qualification from related discipline (not required for students 20+)

Full details including discretionary entrance based on Level 2 Excellence Endorsement can be found here.

International Students

To apply for this degree, you'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination) or IB (International Baccalaureate) or equivalent overseas secondary school qualification or have completed one year of tertiary study from recognised institution.

Please Note: Entry requirement may vary based on your country of citizenship. Please refer to our International Page for entry requirements at mediadesignschool.com/international-students. If you country is not on the list, please email international@mediadesignschool.com for further information.

All international students must be 18 years of age when the programme commences (on- campus or online). International applicants can start their application before they turn 18 years of age.

Language Requirements

As 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 6.0 (minimum) with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent test result.

We accept a range of internationally recognised English Language proficiency test. Find out more on the NZQA website or download the NZQA list HERE.

BYOD Requirements

BYOD Requirements

Before you begin your study with us, you'll need to have a suitable device with 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.

Careers & Industry

Job possibilities

The Bachelor of Information Technology will prepare you for a career in the Information Technology industry by providing a broad range of knowledge and skills encompassing smart technologies, enterprise computing, governance and management of software systems, networks and cybersecurity, cloud computing and intelligent systems.

Future employment opportunities include, but not limited to:

  • Network / Cyber-security professional
  • Software Engineer
  • Business/Systems Analyst
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Support Analyst
  • Solutions Architect
  • Database Architect
  • Network Engineer

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