Level 3
Certificate in Graphic Design

Are you focused on a Graphic Design or Digital Media pathway?

Graphic design level 3

Modern Graphic Designers need great creative talent combined with the latest digital media skills. This is the course to develop both.

Step on to the Graphic Design and Digital Media pathway or extend yourself beyond NCEA. This course will build your design and technical skills in an industry styled environment and put you on the fast track to achieving your career goals.


NZ Certificate in Arts & Design Level 3

63 NZQA Credits

18 Teaching weeks.

2024 - $3264 - Zero Fees for those students eligible for Fees Free.

Eligible for StudyLink support.

Where does it lead?
This course gives students the qualification and portfolio for entry to level 4 Design courses.

Entry requirements
The programme is available for domestic students aged 16 years or older; and who hold a Level 2 qualification in Arts and Design, or NCEA (Level 2). Prospective students without a qualification can contact the school to discuss other options to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

No hidden costs
All equipment, materials and printing are supplied.

What’s in the course?

Students study a range of subjects including visual communication, design thinking and critical thinking, graphic design processes, digital media tools and presentation skills for graphic design.


Students learn:

  • Creative processes and visual communication skills to communicate design ideas using a variety of techniques and media.

  • Design skills and technologies and how to apply them in various design activities including; Branding, Packaging, Web Design, Conceptual Design and Design Presentation.

  • Use the latest digital media tools from Adobe and others to realise your designs.

  • How the graphic design industry has developed and identify future opportunities.

  • How to work and talk like a designer including how to manage creative processes, work to deadlines, present work and respect copyright laws and cultural and ethical boundaries.

What is achieved?
On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply design processes to conceptualise and 
    clarify solutions to given briefs.

  • Apply the Elements and Principles of Design.

  • Write a design brief.

  • Visually communicate design concepts.

  • Use digital media tools to realise graphic designs.

  • Demonstrate introductory work practices in graphic design.

  • Demonstrate understanding of legal and ethical considerations in design (including Copyright Law, Cultural Appropriation; especially in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi).

  • Understand employment opportunities in the creative industries.

  • Understand history of design in New Zealand and Internationally.

  • Present and reflect upon own and others work.

Pathway to your design career


Explore some of the work our talented students have created