Learn about digital content creation

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

Programme highlights

Want to create digital content but don’t know where to start? 

Learn about photo, video, audio and digital image manipulation and how they combine to create engaging content over a range of digital platforms and social media. 

Discover a new skill set through practical real-world exercises that allow you to turn your camera, phone and computer into a creator studio. 

This digital media and design course teaches you foundational skills in online content creation with popular Adobe software. You’ll learn about professional practice, being a responsible digital citizen and the ways in which you can monetise the content you create. 

The course will prepare you for internship opportunities, freelancing or further study in one of MIT’s advanced digital technology or business programmes.

Key facts

Start month(s)

February, July

Study location(s)

MIT Ōtara

Level 4
Domestic fees

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Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme code NZ2629

Full-time for 16 teaching weeks

Study method


Credits 60
International fees NZD$11,500 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification leads to

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


Entry requirements

Open entry

There are no academic requirements that need to be met to enter this programme.

English language requirements

Applicants must have sufficient competence in the English language to undertake this programme, which is taught and assessed in English.

Any applicant whose first language is not English may be required to provide evidence of their English language competency.

International students: English language entry requirements

For the minimum English language requirements refer to the requirements set out in the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/providers-partners/qa-system-for-teos/english-international-students/

International students will generally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency, for this programme an IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 is required. Equivalent acceptable evidence can be seen at the following NZQA link:  https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

International students

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Programme structure

You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):

813.421 Introduction to digital media and design (15 credits)

Advance knowledge of the key areas of digital media and design, including digital media types and purposes and software used.

813.422 Communication, ethical working and project management (15 credits)

Embed good practice of communication and ethical working and foundation project management.

813.423 Delivering a design brief in the workplace (10 credits)

Apply communication, ethical working and project management in an organisational environment.

813.424 Video creation and editing in the workplace (20 credits)

Work with clients in an organisational environment to capture digital moving images and independently post-process them.

Key dates and timetables

To find the key dates and timetables of this programme, please view the business calendar.

Career opportunities

Assistant and/or support roles in various industries including advertising, web design, in-house design studio, news media. For potential salaries visit careers.govt.nz.

Further training or study

Graduates of this qualification may undertake further tertiary study at diploma or degree level in the fields of design, media, and/or art.

Graduates who successfully complete this programme will be able to pathway into:

Information is correct as at February 2021. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2021 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2021 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2021 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2021 are based on the 2020 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2021. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology Limited is accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.