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

Programme highlights

Have a thirst for cutting-edge digital platforms?

Learn to create your own digital media and make your dream a reality as you work for industries including advertising, web design, in-house design studios, news media. 

Turn stories into engaging content, work with real clients and build a portfolio of work to showcase your skills. 

You will study in-class at MIT Otara except for courses with work-based components where your study will comprise of:

  • 20% in-class at MIT 
  • 80% in an internship.

Be in demand in this fast growing industry.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, July
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 4
Domestic fees $3,300 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme Code NZ2629

19 weeks (full-time), 41 weeks (part-time)

Study Method Full-time, Part-time
Credits 60
International Fees NZD$11,500 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

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

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:

Provisional Entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

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Career opportunities

Assistant and/or support roles in various industries including advertising, web design, in-house design studio, news media.

Programme structure

You will need to complete the below three courses (40 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.

And choose one other course from the list below (20 credits):

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.

813.425 Digital Images in the Workplace (20 credits)

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

813.426 Web Content Creation in the Workplace (20 credits)

Work with clients to create web content in an organisational environment.

813.427 Digitisation and Printed Media in the Workplace (20 credits)

Work with clients in an organisational environment to digitise resources and create printed media.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the digital technologies calendar.

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 October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 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.