School of design

Pathway options

Pathway and study preparation programmes are designed to help you if you don’t meet the entry requirements for a course you want to study. You will learn beginner skills and gain credits you’ll need to apply for the qualification you want to study.

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Get started in design

If you don’t know where and how to begin a creative career, start with our level 4 certificate qualifications. You will learn the basics of design through theory and practice, and feel ready for the next step in your career.

If you have a little experience but want to hone your skills, our level 5 qualifications is a great place to start. It will help you move on to our advanced qualifications or gain confidence for client work.

Talk with us about your creative goals and we can help you find the right qualification for you.

Study preparation for design courses

Art, Design

Begin to build the skills and degree-level portfolio you need to apply for our Bachelor of Design (Communication), Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or Bachelor of Visual Arts. Alternatively, this programme will prepare you for a junior role in a creative workplace. Study courses including art and design history, creative methods and visual arts studio, and create your own art and design projects. Many students then move into our New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) or the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion to gain the well-rounded skills you need for degree-level study.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study , Junior Designer

Art, Design

Learn how to be creative using digital tools. Build the skills and portfolio you need to apply for a diploma or degree-level programme. If further study isn't your end goal, this qualification will prepare you for a junior role in a creative workplace. This is also a great qualification to test if the creative industry is right for you as its only a 17 week course.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study

Design

Prepare for junior roles in the fashion industry assisting with design, styling, retail/merchandising, basic garment construction or for further study in fashion. During this hands-on programme, you’ll learn about fashion industry practice, fashion design and textile concepts, and fashion production. You will leave with a portfolio of work which you can use to apply for our Bachelor of Design (with your chosen electives)

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Fashion Assistant, Fashion Retailer, Junior Stylist, Merchandiser

Contact us

If you want to know more about what we offer or you would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.