Bachelor of Design

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Graphic Arts and Design Studies

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
New Zealand University Entrance - 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 a qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework at Level 4 or above in a related discipline

Alternative Requirements:
Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry. This may include Recognition of Prior Learning. Contact Ara for advice.

English Language Requirements:
IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtest)

Additional Requirements
Portfolio demonstrating art/design work

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.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Graphic and Design Studies at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

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Phone: (03) 940 8669
Fax: (03) 366 6544

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