Overview

Ever thought about how everything you see on a screen is really just a bunch of zeroes and ones? Turning those into something beautiful and user-friendly is the craft of the designer. With this programme you’ll take your first steps towards becoming one, learning how to use graphic design to produce websites, software, and user interfaces.

The Diploma in Digital Design – Web and Graphic Design gives you a taste of all the major components of graphic design and web development. Plus, you’ll cut your teeth on some insanely cool projects that will not only build your skills but also begin your portfolio.

Successfully complete this course and you’ll receive the NZ Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5). This little piece of paper tells the design world that you have the latest industry skills, some hands-on experience, and a headful of brilliant ideas. When it comes to launching your design career, there’s no better rocket platform.

Where could this take you?

Opportunities abound for talented graphic designers and web developers. Work for the man, or work for yourself; for a large corporation or a boutique ad agency; for a not-for-profit or a hipster start-up. Wherever you want to work, and whoever you want to work for, this programme is a great way to begin your journey towards these career opportunities...

  • IN-HOUSE DESIGNER – Work as a graphic designer in the creative department of a corporation, such as a bank, insurance company or retail business
  • CREATIVE DIRECTOR – Take the creative lead at an ad agency or marketing company, collaborating with designers, writers, artists, and marketers to create a vision for products and brands.
  • MAC OPERATOR – Specialise in print and use your technical skills for the pre-press (preparation for print) process, often in large advertising agencies.
  • WEB AND MOBILE INTERFACE DESIGNER – Use your creative and technical expertise to create great user experiences on websites, mobile phones, and other devices.
  • WEB DEVELOPER – More of a back-end kind of creative? If you enjoy programming then fix your focus on the back-end development of a website and the creation of highly complex search functions.

Student work and success

This course can lead you to all sorts of completely different - but equally epic - directions. Take Mark Hamilton and Cassidy Taylor for example. Mark (who we have to thank for this uber-cool Yoobee website image) picked up a bunch of awards during his studies with us, including a design competition on 99Designs and a rebrand award for the Christchurch City Choir. He spent a few months as an intern doing small business branding before getting snapped up by St Johns Ambulance as their in-house designer. Recent graduate Cassidy Taylor, on the other hand, used all she learned at Yoobee to start her own highly successful stationery design business, Anchor Designs. Both of them reckon they couldn’t be happier!

Entry requirements

This is an entry-level programme but we still need to be sure you’re ready to take it on. You’ll need NCEA Level 3 with at least one subject in a relevant field or some examples of your work that showcase your skills in web and graphic design.

Haven’t got those? Don’t sweat it! Yoobee has an awesome line up of foundation courses that will get you up to speed. In fact, students who complete our Level 3 iCreate programme gain automatic entry into this diploma.

*If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need an IELTS 5.5 Academic (no subtests lower than 5.0) or equivalent.

Course components

You’ll study four 10-week modules, and complete an in-depth assessment of each.

  • Module 1: Design Foundation – gain core skills that are a must for any designer. Learn about current industry processes so you can fit right into the workplace.
  • Module 2: Web Design – find out how to make a functional, responsive website that displays on both tablet and smartphone using Wordpress, and basic HTML and CSS.
  • Module 3: Graphic Design – get the skills to create a wide range of professionally-crafted documents for digital display.
  • Module 4: User Interface – study the way humans and technology interact. Learn to build a user interface that is functional and intuitive.

Assessment: Each module will be assessed by a project, completed using industry-standard processes.

Start dates

AUCKLAND

  • 23 July 2018 – 5 July 2019

WELLINGTON

  • 23 July 2018 – 5 July 2019

CHRISTCHURCH

  • 23 July 2018 – 5 July 2019

Fees

Course Fees

  • Domestic students: $7,806.27 Eligible for 'Fees-Free' study
  • International students: $18,950 + $1,600 resource fee

Programme fees are subject to change.

Course costs

These might vary depending on the brand you buy and your individual needs.

Yoobee provides:

  • 1 visual diary
  • Software manuals
  • 300 print credits
  • Monthly internet quota

You’ll need to buy:

  • USB 3.0 external HDD (1TB or more) - $120
  • SDHC card (class 10) – approx. $40

Other stuff you might need:

  • Android or iOS smartphone – will be helpful for website testing
  • Extra print credits – up to $80 (if you exceed provided quota)
  • Sundry stationery – up to $100

Equipment & Software

Equipment

  • PC or Apple computers

Software

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Sublime Text 3
  • WordPress
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 3, 2018
This course is Campus based
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19,500 NZD
International students: $19,500 + $2,000 RESOURCE FEE
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