Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4)



Six months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester two in both year one and two)
by 30 June
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 July 2019

Develop the skills needed to produce creative and effective outcomes using current digital technology.

Project options in digital photography, digital illustration, web design, moving image, animation and interactivity will allow you to develop real-world skills and a portfolio of work for application to higher level study.  

Successful completion of this Certificate and the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) will prepare you for application to the Bachelor of Design (Communication, Fashion or Product), Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Bachelor of Visual Arts. 

The School of Design is internationally recognised as a great place to study art and design. You will be part of a vibrant creative culture with access to extensive facilities and guidance and support from highly skilled and enthusiastic tutors.

Student advisor: Pam Hodgkinson pam.hodgkinson@op.ac.nz

Programme information: Morgan Oliver morgan.oliver@op.ac.nz

Entry requirements
  • Open entry
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement. 

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills. 

Other requirements

  • A portfolio or other evidence to demonstrate creative work.
  • Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Your portfolio should be a comprehensive view of your current creative achievements, potential and commitment, and should include the following:

  • A cover letter explaining why you have chosen this programme and outlining your future goals
  • A current Curriculum Vitae
  • A selection of, but not limited to, sketches/drawings, animations or whatever you feel is visually informative about yourself and your abilities

As a general rule, you should limit your portfolio to no more than 10-12 chosen works showing a variety of techniques and interests.

The portfolio may be submitted in a clear-file, in digital format or uploaded online (15MG file limit applies).

You will study

Four x 15 credit courses

  • Creative Digital Skills : Develop skills in digital design and photography with practical applications to print and screen solutions
  • Creative Online Design: Developing an understanding of digital citizenship and how to develop an online practice. Managing and designing content for blogs, web design etc. 
  • Animation and interactivity: Learn basic skills for creating animations and moving image
  • Symbolism and identity: A research project whereby students learn about symbol motifs and markings and the connection to cultural identity with a particular focus on iwi Māori cultural practice.
Additional costs

You will receive a list of basic requirements to be purchased during the first week (some class materials are supplied). 

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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