Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Graphic Design and Animation)

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7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years
Starts February (July intake subject to interest)
60 places
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5878 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Learn how to design visual communication using text and images. Script and construct animated stories using motion design, and explore 2D and 3D narratives. Draw, invent and manipulate imagery and typography through illustration, photography, printmaking, painting, and animation. Discover your own design projects or undertake a live project for a real client.

Do you have an instinct for composing messages using imagery and typography, or telling stories with animation and moving image? As a Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Graphic Design and Animation) student, you'll design both print and dynamic media, and develop practical and visual skills for a career in a satisfying and fulfilling profession. Your capacity for invention, innovation and imagination will be challenged every day.


  • Access to our photographic studios and darkrooms where you'll be supported by skilled technicians.
  • Focus on hands-on learning: in your final year, you'll explore your own design projects. This may include a 'live' project with a real client.
  • A chance to enter the Best Awards.
  • Present your best work at the end-of-year Grad Fest to your family and industry professionals.
  • Close-knit studio environment, including peer reviews and regular group critiques with practitioners/lecturers who are specialists in animation and interactive and print design.
  • Learn specialist software skills and techniques through electives and workshops in dedicated computer suites.
  • Guest speaker programme and on-site library support for in-depth research.

You'll gain experience in promotional, publication and packaging genres of design such as posters, magazines and music CDs. Identity concepts involving logo and brand design are fundamental subjects, as are website and interface design. Using moving imagery you'll script and animate 2D and 3D narratives for short films or music videos. You'll investigate video editing, lighting and sound design, image manipulation, photography, typography, printmaking and animation. What's more, you'll develop your own briefs.


Portfolio requirements

You must upload a digital portfolio of work with your online application.

If you can’t upload your portfolio please email a PDF file to and we will attach it to your application.

Alternatively, bring your PDF file to your nearest Student Central and we will scan and attach it to your application.

What to include

Your portfolio must include 10 - 15 images of your work, each labelled with the size, media and date the work was made. It must be an A4 size PDF document and not exceed 60MB in total.

Your images could include (but are not limited) to:

  • Your bursary board or similar year 12 or 13 work.
  • Other drawings, photographs or three-dimensional models.
  • Drawing with an emphasis on observational skills and/or personal expression.
  • Photography with an emphasis on visual skills and technique.
  • Art/design project work.
  • Sketches or notebook pages illustrating visual art/ design concepts.
  • Art/design related work from another discipline, for example jewellery or craft.
  • Images that demonstrates a visual narrative or sequence.
  • Group work you’ve been involved in (including a description of your involvement and contribution to the finished result).

Need some help?

Follow our portfolio hints and tips on what to include, what not to include and how to lay it all out.

Last edited: 05 September 2013