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Academy Digital Design Skills

Academy Digital Design Skills

Level 2

Learn graphic design while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Digital Innovation Programme.

A photograph of a classroom with students working on mac computers using design software at UCOL.
Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: One day per week.

14 Feb 2022 - 30 Sep 2022

Palmerston North - Thursdays
Whanganui - Tuesdays

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Not applicable

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Graphics and design is a fast growing industry where you can harness your creative flair. UCOL's Academy Digital Design Skills Programme gives you the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 2 whilst experiencing different opportunities within the industry. 

You will complete a range of theory and practical activities, and have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • Sketching
  • Design development
  • Design with computer graphics
  • Illustration
  • Advertising graphics
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the application form as follows:

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Digital Design Skills Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in graphic design or related industries as a graphic designer or illustrator. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Designers and Artists.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 22 Credits.

Manawatū (Thursday) Whanganui (Tuesday)

Unit Standard AS 91305 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate an understanding of methods and ideas from established practice appropriate to design.

Unit Standard AS 91310 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Use drawing methods to apply knowledge of conventions appropriate to design.

Unit Standard AS 91315 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Develop ideas in a related series of drawings appropriate to established design practice.

Unit Standard AS 91356 (Level 2) (Version 3) (6 Credits)
Develop a conceptual design for an outcome.

Unit Standard AS 91183 (Level 2) (Version 2) (4 Credits)
Examine how media are used to create effects in art works.

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Digital Technologies


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This short course is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Digital Design Skills Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.