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Natcoll Design Technology, Christchurch:
Natcoll Design Technology is a leading specialist provider of NZQA approved creative digital design courses, and is at the forefront of digital design education and training. We have three campuses located in modern, inner-city buildings in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. We offer Diploma courses and a foundation certificate course covering animation, video post production, web development, interactive media and graphic design. Natcoll makes sure its graduates are industry-ready by keeping close connections to the digital design industry, and our teaching facilities include well-appointed computer suites, furnished with up-to-date software and equipment.

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iCreate Foundation course in Digital Design (Level 3, NZQA approved)
A fun and practical way to get a taste of digital media design and gain the skills to move on to further diploma level study.
15 weeks, full time.

Description: Using digital still and video cameras and computers, students produce a wide range of original art that combines traditional and digital media. Learn digital illustration techniques and how to create images and pages suitable for web publication. This work is complemented by a wide range of art and creative practices to further enhance as student’s skills base.

Prerequisites: Entry is based on application and interview. There are generally no restrictions to entry. No previous computer experience is necessary.

Diploma of Advanced 3D Graphics (Level 7, NZQA approved)
For people who want the opportunity to specialize in the field of 3D graphics and create a showreel that demonstrates their skills to employers.
41 weeks, full-time

This studio based course works closely with industry to teach advanced skills on industry standard software and then offers the time, guidance and resources to create an impressive showreel.

Prerequisites: Natcoll’s Diploma of Animation (Advanced) is designed as an excellent pathway into this course. However, applicants can still be accepted if they can demonstrate equivalent 3D skills in their showreel.

Diploma of Interactive Design (Level 6, NZQA approved)
Learn about creating the rich media interfaces that drive the digital world.
41 weeks, full-time.

Description: Develop abilities in generating ideas, communication, research and development; learn digital imaging for interactive design; produce and edit audio and video content for use in interactive projects; design and produce interactive animated components for use in a wide variety of different media. Students will create the look, use and feel of a comprehensive range of digital media projects to enhance their portfolio and demonstrate their skills.

Prerequisites: Required to show creativity by submitting examples of work in a medium of the applicant’s choice. A working knowledge of digital imaging software such as Photoshop and illustration software such as FreeHand or Illustrator is required.

Diploma of Computer Graphic Design (Level 6, NZQA approved)
Learn how to combine creativity with technology to communicate ideas and information in an attractive, clear and concise way.
35 or 41 weeks, full-time.

Description: Study the principles of page design. Learn how to use image capture and manipulation to bring text and illustrations together. Become proficient in a range of digital illustration and editing techniques to create a variety of printed material – from newsletters and posters to magazines, brochures, packaging and advertising media.

Prerequisites: Required to show creativity by submitting examples of work in a medium of the applicant’s choice.

Diploma of Web Development (Level 6, NZQA approved)
Learn the technical skills required for dynamic and interesting web development.
41 weeks, full-time.
Other accreditations: Graduates can get direct entry to year 2 of either of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology’s (RMIT) 3-year Bachelor of Arts (Games Graphics Design) or 3-year Bachelor of Arts (Digital Arts).

Description: Learn how to apply the principles of visual design to the web and how to master the programming languages that support client-side and server-side development. Learn how to research, design, write and host dynamic websites and web applications. Students gain a comprehensive base of knowledge and an online portfolio to showcase their design and technical skills.

Prerequisites: Provide evidence of interests and skills relevant to this course - for example, previous experience with a computer programming or scripting language, logical thinking and/or problem solving. To do the optional advanced usability component, applicants may need to demonstrate creativity by submitting examples of work.

Diploma of Animation (Advanced) (Level 6, NZQA approved)
Combine their artistic skills with the mastery of the latest computer technology.
41 weeks, full-time.

Description: Teaches the skills to turn creative ideas into compelling images, capturing the essence of movement and bringing a character or a scene to life. Learn how to develop a storyboard, work through pre-production to character design, modelling and rigging. Use visual effects and post-production techniques to create a showreel.

Prerequisites: Natcoll’s Diploma of Animation and Digital Video is designed as an excellent pathway into this course. However, students can still be accepted if they can demonstrate equivalent 3D modelling and animation skills.

Diploma of Video Post Production (Advanced) (Level 6, NZQA approved)
Post production is the magic that turns raw footage into finished film, television, music videos or commercials.
41 weeks, full-time.

Teaches the whole process from concept and planning to delivery. Learn how to turn raw footage into a work of art using editing, effects, motion graphics, compositing and more. Uses the latest industry production tools to unlock the secrets of effective video and audio processing, and produce a showreel to impress prospective employers.

Prerequisites: Natcoll’s Diploma of Animation and Digital Video is designed as an excellent pathway into this course. Applicants who have not completed the Diploma of Animation and Digital Video are still eligible for direct entry if they can demonstrate a range of video production skills. This will require submission of examples of completed video projects for consideration.

Diploma of Digital Media (Advanced) (Level 7, NZQA approved)
For people who have strong technical skills in either print, web, motion or interactive media and want to hone design skills.
35 weeks, full-time.

Description: Develop visual communication skills, learn how to think critically and creatively, build design awareness and confidence, innovate, experiment and refine technical, research and presentation skills. Study art and design history, work in a dedicated studio environment, solve authentic design dilemmas. The course has time dedicated to developing practical career skills, such as how to write a CV, how to present work at interviews and put together a portfolio that gets noticed.

Prerequisites: Applicants may have completed a Natcoll diploma, or similar course at another tertiary institution, or may have experience in a related industry. A high level of technical skills in digital media software is required. All applicants are required to attend an interview and present a portfolio of their work.

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Raffles College of Design & Commerce, Auckland
Courses / Programs
Make the most of your overseas study experience by choosing somewhere inspiring like New Zealand! At Raffles College of Design and Commerce in Auckland, we provide high-quality certificate and diploma courses in the fields of design, business and early childhood education. We welcome students from NZ and international students from around the world.

Our college is part of the Raffles Education Corporation, which is a premier creative design and business education provider in Asia Pacific. All of our programmes are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

At Raffles College of Design & Commerce in Auckland, creativity is encouraged. Studying in Auckland allows you to learn in a country with a unique balance of natural landscapes and commercial cities. Because of this balance, film makers and expats alike flock to New Zealand from around the world.

Our learning environment gives you the freedom to develop your creativity and teaches you how to apply it professionally. With international lecturers and peers, you can learn from and with like-minded people on how to use your creativity in a professional manner.
We offer certificate & diploma courses in the following subjects:

- Design:Graphic Design; Multimedia Design

- Business: Business

- Science and Technology: Early Childhood Education
London Art Portfolio
Courses / Programs
• London Art Portfolio (LAP) provides art and design portfolio preparation courses to artists and designers of all levels - from beginners to advanced.

• Popular with UCAS and Foundation applicants for portfolio development support, we have a 100% success rate for student placement in top art schools and universities in London, throughout the UK, and worldwide.

• We offer foundation courses in art & design, day and evening courses year-round, as well as one-to-one tutorials tailored to your needs. Online classes are also available.

• Conveniently situated in Central London just south of Tower Bridge in Southwark, LAP welcomes students from throughout the UK, as well as international students from around the world.

• London Art Portfolio was set up by Julia Dennis, a practicing artist who exhibits regularly in the UK and abroad.

• Julia has many years of experience in preparing art and design portfolios for all specialist areas for degree applications, organising exhibitions, and preparing students for interviews.

• Our courses attract a vibrant, diverse mix of creative students from all over the world, great for making new friends and fully enjoying London too!

Student Review:
"Thanks so much for your help Julia! Our sessions gave me that step up that I really needed to get my portfolio and statement together in the nick of time!

The focus, encouragement and ideas that came out of sessions together were invaluable."
- Amy - Otis College of Art and Design, MA Degree in Fine Art
Art & Design Portfolio Courses / Career Change / Private Tutoring in:

• Fine Art
• Fashion Design
• Textiles
• Graphic Design
• Photography
• 3D Design / Architecture

Year-round & Summer Courses:
• Portfolio Preparation Courses: 24, 18, 12, 6, or 4 weeks
• Digital Portfolio Preparation
• Foundation Course in Art & Design
• 1 week Enrichment Course in Drawing or Model Making
• One-to-one Tutoring
• Art & Design Short / Evening Classes
• Art & Design Summer Courses (Adults & Teens)
• Corporate Workshops
• Private Online Tutoring (Adults & Teens)
Massey University College of Creative Arts, Wellington
Courses / Programs
The College of Creative Arts at Massey University is a world-class art and design school based in Wellington, New Zealand.

The College is:

*ranked 11th by RED DOT, the international design awards agency, which gives Massey a distinctive seal of quality for its design programmes
*the first art and design school outside North America to be awarded “substantial equivalency” by the US accreditation body NASAD – the most comprehensive international benchmark for art and design education in the world
*number one in New Zealand for design and visual art research, according to the 2013 New Zealand government Performance Based Research Funding round.

The College provides a thriving, well-resourced and inspiring learning environment that fosters research, scholarship and creative practice. From selected entry to completion of their degree, students are equipped with a knowledge base and skill set that enables them to flourish in the creative industries, win awards, represent New Zealand and hold key positions that define creative thinking in businesses around the world.

Wellington is a thriving city of art, theatre, music, cinema production, multi-media and manufacturing industries.
The College delivers undergrad & postgrad programmes:

- Bachelor of Design
- Bachelor of Design (Honours)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)
- Graduate Diploma in Design
- Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts
- Diploma in Photography
- Certificate in Visual Arts and Diploma in Visual Arts
- Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art
- Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (visual & material culture)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Design
- Master of Fine Arts
- Master of Design
- Master of Art/Master of Philosophy in visual & material culture
- Doctor of Philosophy
Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music
Courses / Programs
Conveniently located opposite Brunei Darussalam High Commission building, Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music is a leading boutique arts school in Singapore.

We offer diploma and advanced diploma courses in the fields of Design Communication, Interaction Design and Music Production & Audio Engineering to students from around the world.

In addition, we offer a wide range of short, professional development courses, including graphic design, illustration, digital imaging & photography and video production. The language of instruction for all courses is English.

All diploma programmes are registered with the Council for Private Education, a statutory board under Singapore’s Ministry of Education, and are offered in both full-time and part-time modes. We are EduTrust and ERF certified.

Our programmes are designed to equip students with the skills to develop a commercial portfolio. The compacted curriculum, taught by professional design practitioners, allows students to graduate with an industry standard portfolio as efficiently as possible, typically within four terms.

The school is located centrally at 1 Kay Siang Road, #06-01/02/10 Singapore, at the former MOE Building, Tanglin neighbourhood.

Student Testimonial:
“Orita Sinclair prepared me for the real world of design by immersing me in all things visual. The lecturers also helped me to understand the difference between opinion and constructive criticism.”
- Shermeen T, Diploma in Design Communication Graduate
Full-time & Part-time Diploma Programs:
- Diploma in Design Communication
- Advanced Diploma in Design Communication
- Apprenticeship Programme / Specialist Diploma in Design Communication
- Diploma in Music Production & Audio Engineering
- Diploma in Interaction Design

Professional Development / Short Courses include:
Illustration; Graphic Design; Copywriting; Digital Imaging and Photography; Video Production..
Media Design School, Auckland
Courses / Programs
Media Design School is New Zealand’s most-awarded tertiary institute for digital and creative technology qualifications.

Specialising in the teaching of industry-standard skills and knowledge, Media Design School provides a vibrant and energetic creative culture for students from around the globe.

Our media design programmes have been developed by industry professionals and educators, cater for a range of experience levels, and are both highly relevant and production-oriented.

Media Design School’s graduates go on to work in the world’s leading design, game development, film and animation studios and have contributed to blockbuster films including Avatar, King Kong and films from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
- Bachelor of Art and Design (3D & VFX)
- Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming)
- Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
- Bachelor of Media Design
- Diploma of Digital Creativity (Foundation)
- Diploma of Creative Advertising
- Graduate Certificate of Creative Technologies
- Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies
Arts University Bournemouth
Courses / Programs
• Study for 1, 2 or 3 semesters at the UK’s No. 1 arts university!

• Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) is a leading university specialising in arts, performance, design, and media education. Easily accessible less than 2 hours south of London by train, AUB provides study abroad BA (Hons) courses for international students and professionals who wish to spend time abroad in pursuit of careers in creative arts, graphic design, interior design, textiles, fashion, makeup, animation, visual communication, event management, architecture, dance, acting, film production, photography, & more.

• Our short study abroad courses are designed for students who want to spend time learning in the UK, developing their creative skills and perhaps gaining credits towards their university degree, but do not necessarily want to spend as much as 2-3 years studying in the UK.

• Students are fully integrated with our full-time BA (Hons) degree students, and these courses can be taken for 1 term, 2 terms, or 3 terms.

• If you can't find the exact course you want, we can design a course tailored to your individual needs. You can join several groups of students on a range of different courses and also receive one-to-one tuition.

• We also provide summer study abroad programs.

"The facilities that the Arts University Bournemouth has to offer are absolutely amazing. First off, the library was one of the most resourceful places I have come across in my entire stay there."
- Orlando, USA, Animation Production
1, 2 or 3 semesters on the following degree courses:

• Architecture
• Animation Production
• Acting
• Costume with Performance Design
• Creative Events Management
• Dance
• Fashion Studies
• Film Production
• Fine Art
• Graphic Design
• Illustration
• Interior Architecture & Design
• MakeUp for Media & Performance
• Modelmaking
• Photography
• Textiles
• Visual Communication
• Visual Effects Design & Production

Further Courses:
• Portfolio Preparation Art, Design & Media (2 terms)
• Preparation for Masters (1 or 2 terms)