Communication Design

Study Communication Design and use your creativity and vision to convey original and exciting ideas. As a Designer, you will learn to express information in a visual way and develop a voice and style that brings ideas to life.

 

Learn how to present ideas and stories creatively and effectively to become highly sought after by employers. You will find yourself immersed in an innovative and supportive environment that allows you to engage in real-world projects, develop your own design identity, and work in a design team. You will also be able to take advantage of our strong international relationships, award-winning teaching expertise, and first-rate facilities.

The biggest point of difference at Otago Polytechnic is our real-world approach to learning. The experience you’ll gain on industry projects can be used to create your portfolio. You will leave work-ready, with the skills to seamlessly transition from study to employment within the industry.

Communication Design qualifications

Art, Design

Prepare for a junior-level role in a creative workplace or use this qualification to build a portfolio and get entry into a higher level creative. Study courses including art and design history, creative methods and visual arts studio, and complete a studio project of your choice which ends with you creating your own exhibition.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study , Junior Designer

Art, Design

A great starting point if you want to get a feel for what this area has to offer. Project options in digital photography, digital illustration, game design, web design, moving image, animation and interactivity will help you develop real-world skills and a portfolio of your work.

Duration

17 Weeks

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Entry-level roles, Further tertiary study

Design, Information Technology

Learn how to craft ideas and tell stories through still and moving images, text, sound, and interactive media. You will develop industry-ready skills during this hands-on programme and have the chance to practise these during community and client-driven projects that focus on positive social and environmental change. In year one, you’ll study a broad range of different media to discover where your strengths lie before choosing your speciality for years two and three.

Duration

3 Years

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Animator, Art Director, Character Designer, Design Project Manager, Design Researcher, Filmmaker, Game Artist or Animator, Game Designer, Game Publishing, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Level Designer, Narrative Designer, Web Designer

Design

If you are looking to achieve an applied qualification in a specialist area to complement your existing design degree or experience, you can opt for this programme and specialise in either Communications, Fashion or Product Design. This diploma will help you gain an understanding of the professional and strategic requirements of your industry, and to extend your professional research techniques. The skills you develop will then be applied to your selected area-specific courses and showcased in your final project.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Brand Designer, Fashion Designer, Product Designer

Design

If you have already achieved excellence in your undergraduate degree, this postgraduate qualification is a great opportunity to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practice. Graduates of this programme will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Creative Lead, Digital Artist, Senior Designer, Visual Effects, Web Designer

Design

Perfect if you're returning to study after a long break or if you desire personalised guidance and support. This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment. You will have to option to focus on one discipline or take up a cross-disciplinary approach.

Duration

1 Semester

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Curator, Design Consultant, Design Lead, Design Manager, Design Researcher, Entrepreneur, Practising artist

Design

This is an advanced programme with an emphasis on design research. You can choose to conclude the degree by either completing a Thesis or developing an Integrated Body of Creative Work.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Lead, Design Manager, Design Researcher, Doctoral study, Practising artist

Design

Learn how to enhance user experiences through design. You will develop skills to use design as a strategic tool by undertaking applied research tailored to suit your needs. You will explore ways to create new products and systems that contribute to satisfying human interactions. Multi-disciplinary design interaction, criticism and debate will be encouraged throughout the programme.

Duration

18 Months

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Curator, Design Consultant, Design Lead, Design Researcher, Entrepreneur, Practising artist

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