Graduate Diploma

Level 7 (140 Credits)

Intake Dates
Course Fees
Domestic $9,824.64 NZD
International $29,450.00 NZD
Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's Degree or be able to evidence equivalent work experience.

Portfolio Requirements

Creative Advertising Task Sheet


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Course Outline

What you'll cover in this course

The graduate diploma kicks off with an introduction to the foundation elements of visual communication and techniques for generating ideas.

We then like to inspire students with a series of live briefs and competitions which will prepare you to work effectively and creatively to deadlines as you would in an agency. Along the way, you'll work with senior creatives and gain insights from experts in the industry.

At the end of the course, you'll present a show of work with your fellow students. This takes the form of an industry show where creative directors, senior creatives and past graduates are personally invited to view your portfolio. We view the show as your first stepping stone into setting up work experience placements – with the best students usually scoring their own internships on the night.

Component Name Credits Toggle
Design and Art Direction
Creative Thinking and Idea Generation
Creative Development for Print Mediums
Creative Development for Broadcast and Interactive Media
Integrated Campaign Development
Copywriting for Integrated Advertising

Qualification Requirements

Qualifications you'll need for this course

Age: Minimum 18 years

Prerequisites: Applicants must hold a Bachelor's Degree or be able to evidence equivalent work experience.

This programme needs people with a variety of different backgrounds and experiences, so your degree or work experience could be in any sort of visual or written communication: art, design, film, animation, gaming, social sciences or the broader humanities, as well as law, marketing or business in general.

In fact, we’re very open to discussing the relevance of your degree or background, because what we’re looking for above all else are the tenacious, the motivated, the insatiably curious and any individual with a definite impulse towards a more creative pathway.

Entry Requirements:

If you are applying for the GDCA after completing a Bachelor's Degree you will need to provide:

  • Your completed Creative Advertising Task Sheet.
  • Your transcripts from your Bachelors qualification

If you are applying for the GDCA after having worked in industry for six years or more, you will need to provide:

  • Your completed Creative Advertising Task Sheet
  • Your CV/Resume
  • Two reference letters from previous employer/s
  • You may also want to provide your transcripts from any prior tertiary qualifications if you completed these in the past 10 years

International Students

International students must be at least 18 years of age and have an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

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 Requirements

Please complete our Creative Advertising Task Sheet.


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