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Graduate Diploma in Visual Media - Invercargill

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Level: 7
Dates:

2020 Semester 1: 10 February to 06 November

Duration:

One year full-time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 120

The Graduate Diploma in Visual Media will equip you with the professional, creative, analytical, and technical skills needed employment or further study in the creative industries.

You will learn and develop a range of skills and knowledge in the following:

  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Visual Art
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Game Design
  • Major Visual Media Project
  • Industry Internship
  • Practice-led Research

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Visual Media will be able to:

  • Conceive, execute and promote a project to industry standard.
  • Design and plan effective management tools to evaluate and problem solve to ensure project quality and to promote themselves and their finished projects in the marketplace.
  • Develop an understanding of business and legal aspects of the creative industries.
  • Research and analyse subject related areas for a range of research outputs in both the industry and academic arenas.
  • Engage in strategic, sustainable development across the cultural and creative industries.

Compulsory

GDVM307 Transmedia Storytelling 1

Students develop knowledge and skills to be able to effectively engage audiences in multiple media platforms. Students will research, explore and coordinate the distribution of a complex narrative experience via a series of dispersed entry points. Students will also develop a proposal customized to the needs of their individual studio practices.

GDVM321 Research Project 4

Students will undertake in-depth research for practice - supporting practice through focused theoretical framing that informs the critical questioning within a practice based project. Students will explore a range of approaches and attitudes to researching alongside/in practice and communicate projects findings within a variety of contexts.

GDVM327 Studio Project 4

Students will further refine a proposal focused around a key research question. Students will extend and consolidate knowledge of studio research practice by undertaking a major specialist visual media project utilising practice-based research methodologies to conduct in-depth exploration, critical analysis and documentation of a project, the resolution of which is to be professionally presented in a contextually relevant site.

GDVM330 Internship 2

Students will engage in activities which further develop their skills as professional creative sector practitioners. They will undertake an industry related internship(s) gaining a clear understanding of organisational and operational requirements and contribute as directed within that environment. Students will develop and refine an internship proposal/s that clearly identifies relevant skills and plan and manage activities to achieve these. Students will complete an in-depth evaluation of the internship experience based on documentation collected over the duration of their internship. Students will also obtain a First Aid Certificate and demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of Health and Safety in the workplace.

Electives (Choose One)

GDVM328 Gaming Art & Design 2

Students will further develop core skills in understanding the creative process in a game design development pipeline. Students will design, manage and analysis a game concept and prototype.

GDVM315 Studio Drawing 3

Students will consolidate knowledge and skills through the use of drawing as both an analytical tool and a means of expression within personal lines of enquiry. Students will be encouraged in the ongoing development of a personal style of drawing and will be expected to refine their drawing skills to a level where they become valuable documentary and research tools for their individual studio practices.

Any 15 credit paper, Level 5 or above, as approved by the Programme Manager.

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

  • NO tuition fees
  • 2020 Direct material costs of $2227.50

International Fees can be found here.

The Graduate Diploma in Visual Media aims to equip students with the professional, creative, analytical, and technical skills to prepare them for employment or further study in the creative industries.

The Graduate Diploma in Visual Media will provide students with a range of skills and knowledge in the following:

  • Transmedia Storytelling
  • Visual Art
  • Film
  • Animation
  • Game Design
  • Major Visual Media Project
  • Industry Internship
  • Practice-led Research 

Applications are open to Bachelor degree graduates who can demonstrate equivalent, relevant, practical professional or educational experience in a related discipline. 

Special Admission

Notwithstanding the above admission criteria, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme, or has relevant industry experience, which is deemed to meet the required standard for entry, the applicant may be admitted to the programme.

Provisional Part-time Admission
An applicant, who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more papers. Upon successful completion of the paper(s), the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry.

Additional Criteria

In addition, the following requirements also apply to applicants in all admission categories:

 

  • Applicants are required to have a high competence in spoken and written English, 18 credits or more at Level 2 in NCEA literacy or an equivalent or more advanced English qualification. 

 

Portfolio Requirements

Applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Visual Media are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their applications and may be asked for a written submission. 

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet- based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations – FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169.  No less than 162 in each skill. OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL – Level 4 with the Academic endorsement
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PToE (Academic score of 50)
  • City and Guilds IESOL  – B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years.

In order to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Visual Media, a student must have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule. A student undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Visual Media will normally be expected to complete the programme within one year of full time study. Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the Head of Faculty, with the approval and recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

(Please note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit their Zero Fees entitlement.)

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm at SIT's Downtown Campus (Don St, Invercargill).

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