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Three Academic Years
Degree NZQF Level 7

360 credits (1.0 EFTS per year)

Start Dates
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $11,990.00 NZD
International $33,500.00 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.

Study On Campus or Online

Portfolio Requirements

General Portfolio

Study Options

Study on campus Study online

What is Graphic Design?

Put your mark on the world

Do you have a passion for design? A Bachelor of Media Design specialising in Graphic Design will teach you how to communicate using text, images and form to make visual connections and craft ideas into meaningful interactions. By the end of your third year, you will have designed, constructed and documented a body of work that represents your perspective as an emerging professional designer. If you're hoping to hone your existing skills, why not apply now?

See some recent student work here.

This programme is available both on campus and online.

Why study Graphic Design at Media Design School?

Woven - Graphic Design student work - Bachelor of Media Design

Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

Dive head-first into the field with an introduction to graphic design disciplines, historical influences and the theories, principles and processes of graphic design. Advanced ideation and creative problem-solving strategies are also covered in this incredibly thorough course. Theory is nothing without practical experience, and with Media Design School you'll be immersed into a project-based environment to put your knowledge into practice, ensuring you'll develop technical solutions to design briefs.

Component Name Credits Toggle
Design Theory
Design Studio
Contextual Studies 1
Photographic Studies
Digital Image Foundation
Interdisciplinary Design Foundation
Graphic Design Principles of Practice 1
Graphic Design Studio 1

Qualification Requirements

Qualification Requirements


You are advised to take a combination of traditional and digital art subjects (these could include Art, Digital Technologies, Digital and Visual Communications, or Ngā Toi).


You are advised to take at least one Art-related subject.


Your IB Diploma must include an arts-related subject. A portfolio showcasing your design skills is also required.

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 If you country is not on the list, please email 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.

You may be eligible for discretionary entrance if you have:
- An Excellence Endorsement in art/design subjects at Level 2, AND
Literacy and Numeracy requirements (i.e.: 10 credits in Maths at Level 1 and 10 credits in English at Level 2 (5 reading/5 writing))

You may be eligible for Special Admission if you:
- Are over 20 years old
- Have relevant or applicable experience and a portfolio

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Please note, quotas may apply to some programmes. Where demand exceeds the number of available places, applicants who meet entry requirements will be admitted on a first-come-first-served basis.

Language Requirements

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.

Portfolio type:

General Portfolio

File format:

PDF, Website URL or JPGs

Your portfolio is a selection of work that shows your skills and talents. It introduces you and your ideas, and shows us you have the creativity and imagination to be a student at Media Design School. There are no strict rules about what you should include in your portfolio. As a guide, it should include a range of 12 - 20 pieces of your best works that represent who you are as a creative person. We recommend including a range of media and styles. It is not imperative you include digitally rendered artworks.

Portfolio Requirements

How to prepare your portfolio

Things you could include:

    •     Pencil drawings and illustrations
    •     Painting
    •     Photography
    •     Graphic or Digital design
    •     3D models or visualisations
    •     Concept art and characters
    •     Video or moving images

For more information about how to build your portfolio, head over to our portfolio tips page.

Entry & portfolio requirements for the Bachelor of Media Design course

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.

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