Explore your options

Study graphic design at Unitec and you’ll learn how to design and animate using illustration, photography, printmaking, painting and digital media.

Studio practice is at the heart of the graphic design course. It’s where you develop creative ideas and build technical skills. You'll have access to photographic studios and darkrooms and you’ll learn how to use specialist software in our dedicated computer suites.

It’s a close-knit environment, with regular peer reviews and group critiques. Your tutors are specialists in animation and design, and our guest lecturer programme introduces you to practitioners from across the industry.
In the final year of your graphic design qualification you’ll take on your own design projects, which could include working with a real client.

You’ll get to show off your hard work in the campus galleries and at the end-of-year graduate show. There’s even a chance to enter the Best Awards.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Certificate in Design and Visual Arts4Full-time for one year or part-time options availableGraphic designerFebruary or July
Diploma in Applied Animation6Full-time for two yearsAnimator, Artist, Illustrator, Concept artist, Game artist, App designer, Mobile content developer, Storyboard/pre-viz artist, Animation director, 3D artist, Texture artist, Matte painterStarts in 2018
Bachelor of Creative Enterprise7Three years full-time or six years part-timeArtist, Photographer, Graphic designer, Product designer, Motion graphics designer, Digital producerStarts March or July
Graduate Diploma in Creative Enterprise7One year full-time or two years part-timeAnimator, Artist, Photographer, Game or app designer, Graphic designer, Industrial designer, Interior designer, Brand manager, Online marketerFebruary 2018
Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice8Six months full-time or one year part-timeDirector, Experience designer, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Sculptor, Service designer, Visual communicator, Visual artist, This programme provides an ongoing qualification for teachers or trainers of adults, who are already working in this field.Starts February
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice8One year full-time or two years part-timeArtist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artistStarts February
Master of Creative Practice9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three yearsArtist, Art director, Product designer, Graphic designer, Director, Photographer, Experience designer, Producer, Production designer, Sculptor, Visual artist, Performance designer, Service designer, CuratorFebruary or July
Master of Design9Full-time for two years or four years part-timeArtist, Art director, Art/design educator, Art/photography educator, Curator, Graphic designer, Photographer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Service designer, Visual artist, Visual communicatorThroughout the year


Study graphic design and animation and you’ll have access to the latest computer software to give you the technical skills you need for the industry. Our five computer labs include one 40-seat dual boot iMac, two 20-seat dual boot Mac (iMac and MacPro), and two 15-seat PCs. You’ll also be able to use the Adobe Master collection, Apple Final Cut Studio, Apple Shake, and Autodesk Maya. It’s the industry standard software used by Weta and other animation studios throughout the world to make The Lord of the Rings, Shrek and Toy Story.