One Academic Year

Level 4 (120 Credits)

Start Dates
Course Fees (Year 1. See fees information.)
Domestic $10,300.00 NZD
International $26,000.00 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


What is the Digital Creativity Foundation?

The first step toward your creative career

This programme will give you a taste of what it will be like working in the creative and digital design industries.

Don’t know what to do? Or know what you want to do but not how to get there? Then this programme has what you need. Whether you’re a school leaver, a student looking to change paths, or employed and looking to redirect your passion, this programme will teach you the basics of digital design. Set yourself up with the skills you need to tackle our bachelor’s degrees and kickstart your career in graphics, movies, games and beyond.

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. 
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Concept Art
3D Design
Game Design

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for this course

Domestic and International

Domestic students must be at least 16 years of age.

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.

International Students

International students must be at least 18 years of age.

To apply for this foundation programme, 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.

Discretionary Entrance

International applicants without secondary school qualification (or NCEA Level 2 or international equivalent) will be assessed by the Programme Co-ordinator. Applicants will be required to provide a letter of intent and an art/design portfolio for assessment.

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 5.5 (minimum) with no band less than 5.0, 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 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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