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Bachelor of Design (Communication)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: Expected February-2021
Otago Polytechnic
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Use your creativity and vision to communicate original and exciting ideas.

Communication Designers communicate information visually.

You'll learn to tell stories through still and moving image, text and interactive media. You'll develop industry-ready skills and apply them to community- and client-driven projects that have a focus on positive social and environmental change.

Specialise in: graphic design, illustration and animation, visual design for games, film and photography or social media content design and strategy

Why study Communication Design? We want you to have a broad skill set, so in year one you’ll study everything. You’ll see where your strengths lie before you choose your specialty for years two and three.

Benefits of studying with us: You'll gain valuable practical experience from projects, You'll spend 100 weeks in a design studio environment, You'll work with our highly skilled tutors, You'll be prepared for a broad range of creative careers.

Further study options: Advance your design skills with our graduate or postgraduate qualifications in Design or Art, or expand your career prospects with a graduate teacher training programme.

Your workload: There is an emphasis throughout the three-year programme on the development of independent learning skills. This is reflected in the decrease of directed hours over the three years, with an expectation that by the end of year three, you will be an independent learner.

Entry criteria

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate equivalent qualifications/experience. Mature applicants with work and life experience are encouraged to apply.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years)

Writing band 6.0
Speaking band 6.0
Reading band 5.5
Listening band 5.5, OR

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill


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