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Study graphic design at Unitec and you’ll learn how to design and animate using illustration, photography, printmaking, painting and digital media. Course structure centers around developing creative ideas and building your technical skills. You'll have access to photographic studios and 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. Unitec has incorporated a social innovation focus as well as a look at contemporary Māori and Pacific design to offer you a creative and diverse education. 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. 

Learn the tools to be able to create a business around your creative specialisation with the Bachelor of Creative Enterprise.


Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options availableEntry into further study at certificate or diploma level.February or July
Certificate in Design and Visual Arts4Full-time for one year or part-time options availableNo longer offered for new enrolments
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in art and design in creative industriesFebruary 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 painterProgramme no longer offered
Bachelor of Creative Enterprise7Three years full-time or six years part-timeArtist, Photographer, Graphic designer, Product designer, Motion graphics designer, Digital producerFebruary 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 marketerThis programme is no longer offered for new enrolments
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.February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsArtist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artistFebruary or July
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, Curator, Actor for theatre, film and television, Choreographer, FilmmakerFebruary 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 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 full Adobe Creative Suite, Apple Shake, and Autodesk Maya. It’s the industry standard software used by Weta and other animation studios throughout the world to make the biggest animated films.