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Bachelor of Media Design

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 Interactive Design?

Love technical design?

A Bachelor of Media Design specialising in Interactive Design prepares you for the technical demands of the web design and mobile development industries. Experiment with a variety of interactive and dynamic design theories and immerse yourself in fundamental digital design processes such as front-end web development, interactive programming, and content management systems. You'll also devise interactive design solutions in response to creative and technical briefs from industry. If you want to stand out, study here.

See some recent student work here.

This programme is available both on campus and online.

What is interactive media?

Interactive media typically refers to digital products and services that require user input in order to complete certain tasks and actions. Interactive media may combine a range of visual elements like text, images, menus and animations. How well these elements are combined greatly determine the ease and accessibility of the user experience.

Why study Interactive Design at Media Design School?

Dual - UX/UI/Interactive student work - Bachelor of Media Design

Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

In your first year, you'll be introduced to the theories and principles of interactive design methodologies with a focus on goal-centric, platform-agnostic and user experience design. A significant emphasis will be placed on project-based learning through the development of interactive design and technical solutions in response to creative and technical briefs. This is how we make sure our students get ahead!

Component Name Credits Toggle
Design Theory
Design Studio
Contextual Studies 1
Photographic Studies
Digital Image Foundation
Interdisciplinary Design Foundation
Interactive Design Theory 1
Interactive 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

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.

Careers & Industry

Industry Insights

Interactive Design will give you the fundamentals in both user-interface and user-experience design; two highly sought after specialist skills for Front-End Developers, Website Developers, and Mobile Application Designers.

Career paths include:

Web Designer, Front-End Developer, Mobile Application

Developer, User Interface Programmer

You'll develop the skills to learn concepts and processes relating to ideation, planning and prototyping of interactive design solutions, as well as the ability to prepare effective proposals and provide purposeful interactive experiences.

A significant focus will be placed on project-based learning through the development of interactive design and technical solutions in response to creative and technical briefs.

We have hired several Media Design School graduates now (we try and get one each at the start of each year). I usually email my contact at Media Design School and ask him who the top students were for the year, then interview them. They are always young, enthusiastic about digital and the course has given them a good working knowledge of front-end, backend, design and the general direction of the industry, which means that they usually know where their strengths lie and what role they are interested in. We have had great success so far with our Media Design School graduates and we plan to keep hiring them!

Brett Hancock

Born Digital

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