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Bachelor of Design (Communication)

Otago Polytechnic Ltd

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?

Graduates will attain a working knowledge in the communication design related competencies including Designing for print media and publication, Designing for broadcast media, and Designing for exhibition, display and merchandising.
As well as being qualified for entry into employment in the above areas, graduates will have:
- Sound knowledge, understanding, and practical experience of the process of design
- Understanding of applied research and development processes in media and manufacture
- A demonstrated practical ability to operate knowledgeably, productively and professionally in an advertising and communication design working environment
- A demonstrated understanding of the complex and dynamic technological, social, economic, cultural and political environments in which communication design activities are undertaken
- Developed the interpersonal capabilities needed for a career which requires co-operation and participation in teamwork and group decision-making activities
- A clear local, national and international view of design and design issues.
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Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Minimum academic entry requirement is NCEA Level 3. Evidence of creative ability to be provided in a submitted portfolio of work.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,144 $21,431
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$9,630 $28,891
Total $16,774 $50,322

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

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 $39,925
Earnings range $30,019 - $46,994
In employment 76%
In further study 14%
On a benefit 3%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 762 786
Phone: (03) 477 3014
Fax: (03) 471 6870

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Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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