Visual communication is one of the most universal forms of design.
It is at the heart of how our world works; guiding, informing, persuading and inspiring us every day.
The world is undergoing a radical shift in how people communicate, work and share ideas.
More people can share more ideas in more ways than ever before - photos, video, animations, tweets, graphics and experiences.
Humans can connect with people across countries, languages and cultures.
People can interact with governments and corporations in new ways, while they are using the same tools to try to influence us.
Visual communication design (VCD) offers huge scope and flexibility.
Massey teaches a diverse range of media, like print, web and video, and give you the chance to try all of them.
Within VCD you can explore and specialize in print, typographic and editorial design, information and graphic design, web, interaction and service design, and illustration and branding.
You’ll learn to solve complex design problems. You’ll follow your interests and aspirations by developing a higher level of expertise in a specific area.
Massey sets you up for the real world, where you’ll work collaboratively, adapt to new ideas and technologies, and turn your hand to whatever needs to be done.
Note: Students starting in July may complete in 3.5 years, provided they complete Summer School in the first year.
|Cost of living
|1 bed room
Improve your English language skills without taking an IELTS test. You could get direct entry to a Massey degree with the university's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.
|English for Academic Purposes 1
|English for Academic Purposes 2
|5.0 overall (all bands 4.5 or above)
|5.5 overall (all bands 5.0 or above)
|40 overall (3 in reading & listening, 13 in speaking & writing)
|50 overall (5 in reading & listening, 15 in speaking & writing)
|Foundation Studies – entry requirement equivalent to IELTS 5.5 overall
|Direct entry into University - entry requirement equivalent to IELTS 6.0 to 7.0 overall
To be admitted to an undergraduate qualification, applicants will need a minimum level of academic achievement from school, or another university or tertiary institution.
The specific level depends on which country or region of the world they are from.
To enter the Bachelor of Design with Honours programme you will:
There are three main ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Design with Honours.
1_ Automatic entry
If you achieved NCEA Level 2 or 3 with Merit or Excellence overall, and a Merit or Excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject, you have automatic entry and will not have to submit a portfolio.
This also applies for Cambridge International students achieving an AS grade A or B in an approved art, design or technology subject.
2_ Portfolio pre-approval entry
You can show work in progress to a Massey College of Creative Arts staff member during a school visit, Massey Open Day or other University event, or in a video call.
They’ll look at examples of your work with you and if it shows the creative potential we’re looking for, they’ll sign a portfolio pre-approval letter. Then you won’t need to submit a final portfolio with your application.
3_ Portfolio entry
When you apply online, submit a portfolio showing a selection of your creative work that demonstrates your creative potential with your application to study.
If you don't have the skills or qualifications you need to be accepted into your chosen study, you can do foundation qualifications.
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