Three Academic Years
Degree NZQF Level 7

360 credits (1.0 EFTS per year)

Intake Dates
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $11,541.00 NZD
International $30,333.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

NCEA Level 3, CIE or IB University Entrance or Level 4 or higher Qualification from related discipline.
If you don't have university entry, you may still be able to apply for this course. Reach out to a Career Advisor regarding Discretionary Entrance and Special Admission today!

Study On Campus or Online

Portfolio Requirements

General Portfolio

Study options



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.

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

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 6.0 (minimum) with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.

Special Entry Discretionary Entry and Cross Credits

If you don't have university entry, you may still be able to apply for this course. More information about Special Entry, Discretionary Entry and Cross Credits here.


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

If English is not your first language, you may be required to provide satisfactory evidence of your proficiency in English in the form of a recent IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score , TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score or a Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) from an accredited organisation.

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

Entry & portfolio requirements for the Bachelor of Media Design course

BYOD Requirements

BYOD Requirements

All hardware and software required in class for this programme will be provided on campus.

However, you will need to have your own device to use when attending blended classes, remote sessions, and completing assignments and coursework outside of class hours. You will also need access to a stable broadband internet connection at home, ideally Fibre/ Ultra Fast Broadband. We recommend a Macbook that is capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud, which you will be required to use in class and for your homework. You will find a detailed breakdown of our recommended specs here.


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