Level 4
Certificate in Graphic Design

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Graphic design level 4

Build your design skills and extend your talent.
Learn advanced design processes and professional skills including the latest digital media software from Adobe.

This programme includes two qualifications to make sure you get the design and digital media skills needed to step in to the graphic design industry or to open the door to the premier design degree courses in New Zealand and around the world.


NZ Certificate in Arts & Design Level 4
NZ Certificate in Digital Media & Design Level 4

121 NZQA Credits

36 Teaching weeks 

2024 - $6245 - 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 degree level Design courses.

Entry requirements
The programme is available for domestic students aged 16 years or older; and who hold a Level 3 qualification in Arts and Design, or NCEA (Level 3). 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; Corporate Branding, Brand Applications, Web Design and Conceptual Design.

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

  • How the graphic design & digital media industries have developed and identify future opportunities.

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

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

  • Select and apply design processes to conceptualise and clarify solutions to graphic design briefs.

  • Apply the Elements and Principles of Design.

  • Communicate design concepts visually, orally and in written form.

  • Write a design brief.

  • Use fundamental digital media tools to realise graphic designs.

  • Demonstrate fundamental 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 Graphic Design and Digital Media industries.

  • Understand history of graphic design in New Zealand and Internationally.

  • Select, present and reflect upon own and others design work.

Pathway to your design career


Explore some of the work our talented students have created