Design & Arts College of New Zealand

Introduction

Overview

The Design and Arts College of New Zealand (D&A) has a fantastic reputation in the creative industry and is fully committed to providing top quality, industry ready graduates. We have two campuses located in Auckland and Christchurch and we offer courses in Design & Arts, Photography, Communication Art and Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design and Special Effects makeup design and production.

D&A is a New Zealand government(NZQA) registered institution. D&A bring around 400 students from New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia, Europe and the Americas together with over 70 professionals to create a community of people passionate about design and arts.

D&A courses are designed and taught by industry professionals, to ensure student success in the creative industries. As student time is valuable, all D&A courses have an accelerated pathway to work or higher education that ensures what you learn is relevant and moves you into industry in a fast and efficient way.

To find out more about our courses, visit www.dac.ac.nz/ or give us a call +64-3-365-1578

Why study at the Design & Arts College of New Zealand?

  • We have more than 30 years experience in providing quality relevant education that leads to employment in the creative industries
  • Our industry, community and institutional partnerships make the D&A learning experience dynamic and help students launch careers
  • Small class sizes allow for effective one-on-one tutor time and support
  • We bring students from all over the world together with industry professionals to create a community of people passionate about design and arts
Design and Arts College of New Zealand
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Programs

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Diploma

Diploma of Communication Art & Design

Campus Full time 2 years January 2017 New Zealand Auckland Christchurch + 1 more

The course is modeled on the working environments of top creative agencies. Students prepare for situations they will encounter in their careers, building confidence and an industry perspective that cannot be taught in a typical class setting. [+]

Level 6 Course Summary First Academic Year The course is modeled on the working environments of top creative agencies. Students prepare for situations they will encounter in their careers, building confidence and an industry perspective that cannot be taught in a typical class setting. In the process of working with industry based briefs the students become skilled in working with the software. They receive an introduction to hardware and the primary software packages used by industry practitioners: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Acrobat Professional. Colour theory, design principles, marketing and problem solving skills are all components covered at great length throughout the first year of the course. Print production techniques prepare students for commercial printing and correct file management. The first year recognises the broader abilities required by top level design creatives, by incorporating the study of art history and photography. Students are also required to conceptualise with the use of visual and contextual diaries. Second Academic Year Preparing students for life in the industry is the primary focus of the second year. The second year builds on the skills and theory learned in the first year but the emphasis moves from the technology and design foundation skills to advanced design, problem solving and more complex technical expertise. Students work closely, one-on-one with tutors in the development of major projects and explore conceptualising and problem solving methods. The second year is structured to include a comprehensive range of industry wide based briefs to encourage the students to be flexible in their responses. One-on-one tutoring is focused on responding to individual needs while giving a high quality critique to further develop critical thinking. Practical skills will be promoted through in-class tutorials based around relevant software programmes. This plus the tutorial based teaching will address individual learning needs while building a technical knowledge base. The course includes more advanced use of software and skills as well as drawing, marketing and consumer profiling, photography, art history, pre-press production and file management - the technical preparation of files for print production. Students are expected to demonstrate highly developed practical skills in the production of multi-page documents, campaign driven brand development, 'live' industry briefs, corporate identity, illustration, packaging and logo development. [-]

Diploma of Fashion Design

Campus Full time 2 - 3 years January 2017 New Zealand Christchurch Auckland + 1 more

Fashion at D&A embraces millinery and fabric printing as additional fashion design opportunities and when worked in conjunction with garment projects gives a thorough individual and styled look. [+]

Level 6 Course Summary First Academic Year Academic year one establishes the foundations of garment structure through the fundamental subjects of patternmaking, garment construction, drawing, design development and textiles. History of costume looks at bygone shapes and structures as well as outlining the growth of the fashion industry, introducing the social and economic context of fashion and an introduction to the role of the costume designer. Fashion at D&A embraces millinery and fabric printing as additional fashion design opportunities and when worked in conjunction with garment projects gives a thorough individual and styled look. Garment projects are worked separately and progress through the main garment range. Second Academic Year Academic year two broadens and extends to more complex garment types that require greater attention to fit on the body through tailoring, couture techniques and bodywear. Computer aided patternmaking (PAD software) is introduced to advance patternmaking skills to those needed in industry. Business studies introduces business practice and prepares the students for employment applications. Design projects broaden to whole outfits and mini collections through to the creation of a mini collection for the annual Visual Show. Digital media is introduced to assist in the creation of collection designs and the professional presentation of student design work. Third Academic Year Academic year three is the finishing off year where students consolidate learning and prepare for entry into the fashion industry. Greater emphasis is put on the manufacturing process and the marketplace. A four week internship provides the students with an opportunity to observe and participate as an employee with a chosen industry mentor. Each student produces a complete collection for the Visual Show which reflects their design and production achievements. Experimentation, innovation and creativity, independent work habits, and the professional presentation of design solutions to clients for personal promotion are maximised for final year study. Duration and Intakes Diploma of Fashion Design - 2 Academic Years, Level 5, January and July Diploma of Fashion Design (Advanced) - 3 Academic Years, Level 6, August Career Opportunities Designers, assistant designers, costuming, patternmakers, production managers, stylists, merchandising, fashion buying and retail. Further Study Possibilities Graduates have gone on to study: Central St Martins Fashion College, London; Massey University (Bachelor of Design); Auckland University of Technology (Bachelor of Design, Fashion). Entry Requirements Portfolio and interview. NCEA Level 2, preferably Level 3 (High School Year 12/13) or equivalent. English language entry requirements, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Individual Course Components Patternmaking, construction, drawing, textiles, history of fashion, design development, fabric printing, millinery, digital media, computer aided patternmaking, business studies, designing a collection, internship. [-]

Certificate

Certificate in Design & Arts (Foundation)

Campus Full time 18 weeks February 2017 New Zealand Christchurch Auckland + 1 more

The Foundation course is an intensive eighteen week course of full-time study. It is designed to give students confidence to develop the skills necessary to begin study at tertiary level. [+]

Level 4 Course Course Summary The Foundation course is an intensive eighteen week course of full-time study. It is designed to give students confidence to develop the skills necessary to begin study at tertiary level. It brings students with little or no prior experience up to speed, or improves existing skills in the development of visual arts. Throughout the course students will become increasingly aware of and are encouraged to explore some key techniques of visual expression, with components in drawing, life drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, three-dimensional studies, principles of design, fibre arts and graphic design. In addition to studio practice, students develop an understanding of the terminology used to describe and interpret works of art. They are encouraged to develop critical thought processes and research skills when reviewing their work and the work of others. Graduates emerge with a well-rounded appreciation of the visual arts and cultural values, and a solid basis of experience from which to explore future study or career options. All students who successfully complete the Foundation course have a guaranteed pathway to D&A Diploma courses.* *Academic and language entry requirements must be met before acceptance into some courses. Duration and Intakes 18 weeks. January & July Academic Pathway Students who complete the Certificate in Design and Arts (Foundation) have a pathway option to other courses offered at the Design and Arts College of New Zealand.* *Academic entry requirements must be met before acceptance into some courses. Entry Requirements Open entry. No portfolio required. English language entry requirements, IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Individual Course Components Drawing, life drawing, painting, photography, print media, three dimensional studies, principles of design, fibre arts, critical studies, digital media, portfolio development. [-]

Contact

Design & Arts College of New Zealand, Christchurch Campus

Address 52-54 Oxford Terrace
Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Website http://www.dac.ac.nz/
Phone +64 3 365 1578

Design & Arts College of New Zealand, Christchurch Campus

Address 35 Acheron Drive, Riccarton
Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
Website http://www.dac.ac.nz/
Phone +64 3 365 1578

Design & Arts College of New Zealand, Auckland Campus

Address Level 4, 3-15 Wakefield Street
Auckland Central 1010, New Zealand
Website http://www.dac.ac.nz/
Phone +64 9 307 2291