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Certificate in Design

The study of Design combines an understanding of human needs and desires, forming creative solutions, prototyping and developing artifacts and evaluating their impact and effectiveness in society. It comprises a well-balanced combination of analytical, technological and creative abilities.

Looking for a short-term study option? A certificate course puts you on a one-year path to a qualification, or could even be the start of something bigger like a bachelors degree.

In this one-year qualification you will be introduced to a basic range of skills and knowledge in the diverse and exciting world of Design.

We encourage our students to reach beyond the boundaries of traditional design, and explore the potential of the ever-evolving digital environment.

You will develop knowledge in a broad range of industry standard software, while using the latest digital technology and you will have 24-hour access to our state of the art computer labs, equipped with the latest software and Mac computers.

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Key information

Years: 1
Points: 120
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Area of Study:

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Entry requirements

Applications are open to anyone with University Entrance or its equivalent. For more information, contact our Future Students Team: [email protected]

When you apply to enrol, select Certificate (Undergraduate) as your qualification.

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You need to complete 120 points (usually eight papers), and at least 90 of those points need to come from within the field of Design (see Subjects below).

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Further Study

A certificate makes a good year of study, but if you find yourself wanting more you'll have the option of crediting all of your papers towards a three-year Bachelor of Design qualification.

Subjects within the field of Design

The field of Design covers four subjects:


Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Student Centre
Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528) or 07 838 4176
Email: [email protected]

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 807 9275
Email: [email protected]

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