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Diploma in Digital Media

Level 7

The Diploma in Digital Media (DDM) is an intensive one-year course of study designed to refine students’ fundamental animation skills and develop knowledge gained in the previous two years. 

The year is fast-paced and relies heavily on students making their own schedules and managing their time wisely. Students will have the opportunity to work on their own film from start to finish with lessons and guidance to help them along the way in a simulated studio environment.

Programme Overview

After two years of core learning, your foundation couldn’t be stronger, so now it’s time to cast the shackles off and put them to use with a passion project year! Everyone has a story or project that’s close to their heart, so it’s time to turn this into a reality!

These projects give you the opportunity to sharpen your skills in a simulated studio environment under the guidance of your lecturers, who are industry professionals, and to have your work showcased in the public domain whilst studying. This course is largely self-directed and you will be expected to manage your time and workload efficiently. The pace is demanding, replicating the pressures and deadlines of working life in industry. 

The creative industry is dynamic and is always changing, so you’ll also be exploring and adapting emerging crowd-funding platforms to understand how to launch your own projects as a creative entrepreneur. 

This is to prepare you for all eventualities, and to help you hit the ground running when you launch your creative career the following year! 

Throughout the year you’ll also be attending industry talks and workshops to support your industry networking and sharpen your portfolio and presentation skills, before you launch your public identity on the Graduate Platform; a specialised website designed to help link you with industry job prospects. 

The main focus is, as always, on producing top quality creative projects from start to finish whilst having synchronicity with local industry. This programme has an exhilarating pace and is aligned to your creative vision; we can wait to see what you make!

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32 Weeks

Start Date 

23 July 2018


Domestic Students: $9,484 NZD 

International students: $19,000 NZD


Auckland, Rotorua 


Level 6 Diploma in Specialised Animation; or equivalent


120 (NZQA Accredited)