One Academic Year

Level 4 (120 Credits)

Start Dates
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $9,944.00 NZD
International $25,063.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

All applicants need to provide: NCEA Level 2 (or International equivalent); Candidates without NCEA Level 2 (or international equivalent) will be assessed by the Programme Co-ordinator

Study On Campus or Online

Portfolio Requirements


Study Options

Study on campus
Study online

What is Digital Creativity?

Create the impossible

We know it’s hard to make big decisions about your future, which is why our Digital Creativity Foundation programme covers a little bit of everything from the worlds of creative and digital design.

Immerse yourself in the creative arts community while discovering your passion for game development, post-production and visual effects for film, animation, or graphic, motion, web or mobile design. With background knowledge in each discipline, this course will prepare you to apply to any of our exciting degree programmes.

What is digital creativity?

Digital creativity is a broad term used to describe ideas brought to life on digital mediums. It involves using the latest digital tools, software, and technology to present creative new ideas within a digital context. Digital creativity is highly sought after in sectors like the arts, advertising, game design, film making and more

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Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

The Digital Creativity Foundation programme of study comprises of two certificates: the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design and the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design. Each certificate is worth 60 credits and contributes to the completion of the overall programme.

Topics covered during the Digital Creativity Foundation programme include: 

  • Fundamentals of Visual Communication 
  • Digital Design and Media Design (including digital video production, web and motion graphic design) 
  • Concept Art 
  • 3D Design 
  • An introduction to Game Design. 

This programme is available both on campus and online.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for this course


This course is open to anyone who can provide evidence to support their creative ambitions. There are several opportunities to do this when applying, as you'll need to provide:

A basic portfolio OR;
Complete a Digital Creativity Task Sheet
Provide a letter of intent that shows that the applicant understands the time commitment of the course

Domestic students must be at least 16 years of age.

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.

International Students

If you are an international student, you’ll need to prove that you are proficient in the English language and able to complete this course. We’ll be looking for Academic IELTS overall score of 5.5 (minimum) with no band less than 5.0 or an equivalent qualification if English is not your first language.

International students must be at least 18 years of age.

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.

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

Want a taste of what it will be like working in the fields of creative and digital technologies? Our Digital Creativity Foundation programme offers exactly the introduction you'll need. You'll be working in a studio-like environment and will become accustomed to deadlines, managing and collaborating on projects, and presenting your ideas.

Whether you aspire to work in game art and development, post production and visual effects for film, animation, or the fields of graphic, motion, or web and mobile design, the Digital Creativity Foundation programme of study aims to prepare school leavers or adult learners who can demonstrate introductory skills and experience in design for Media Design School’s Bachelor degree programmes or for employment in entry level roles in the creative industries.

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