Bachelor of Design

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Graphic Arts and Design Studies



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Design is an applied, industry-integrated programme targeted at school leavers, recent school leavers, graduates of other degrees and others interested in undertaking a formal career focused art and design education, seeking a formal, full-time education in a specialisation of either; art, fashion, lens-based media, motion design and visual communication. This degree will prepare graduates for a career in these industries.
To aim of the degree is to provide a stimulating, industry-integrated environment that enables a diversity of design graduates to communicate, collaborate and innovate within a range of creative and cultural contexts. The Bachelor of Design will achieve this aim through critical thinking, application of design processes and socially-responsive studio practices. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to work within/communicate and innovate across a range of design contexts.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic Requirements NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627) OR New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4) OR New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) OR New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4) OR New Zealand Diploma in Arts & Media (Level 5) OR New Zealand Diploma in Digital Design (Level 5), or equivalent Note: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact Ara for requirements. * NZQA approved subjects: see Additional Requirements: portfolio, written statement, interview (please see Ara website for details) English Requirements: IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in all subtests). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart. Students who have achieved NCEA L3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,635 $22,905
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$9,898 $29,695
Total $17,533 $52,600

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $48,000
Earnings range $40,000 - $57,000
In employment 67%
In further study 11%
On a benefit 2%

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 242 476
Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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