• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The Creative Advertising programme at Media Design School prepares students to enter the creative departments of advertising agencies by arming them with the core skills of creative problem solving and how to talk about ideas to others in a concise and compelling manner; both of which are lifelong skills infinitely transferable across any number of disciplines.
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Places are limited, so this sought after qualification is aimed at determined people who yearn to have a career doing something creative. They should be playful, curious people who often find themselves thinking about things in a different way. They might be confident about their abilities to have ideas, or slightly less so, but one thing they must have is a dogged obsession with generating lots of great ideas.

One of New Zealand's most nationally and internationally awarded schools, the AdSchool works as a simulated creative department in which the accepted currency is ideas for print, film, apps, games, content and social media that people notice, love, play with and share.

It's a combination of challenge, hard work and fun that has not only seen us ranked in the top five most creative advertising schools on the planet, it has also seen our grads working as art directors and copywriters all over the world.


Whilst the majority of Creative Advertising programme at Media Design School graduates have gone on to work as art directors and copywriters, AdSchool graduates may also work in:

  • Ad Agency creative department;
  • TV/radio stations, creative/promo departments, corporate in-house promotions/marketing department, Design consultancies/studios, Public Relations companies, and publishing;
  • Direct marketing/promotional companies;
  • Freelance practice (usually after a few years of establishment in the agency scene).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    140 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design and Art Direction
  • Creative Thinking and Idea Generation
  • Creative Development for Print Mediums
  • Creative Development for Broadcast and Interactive Media
  • Integrated Campaign Development
  • Copywriting for Integrated Advertising

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

If you are applying for the GDCA after completing a Bachelor's Degree you will need to provide:

  • Your completed Creative Advertising Task Sheet.
  • Your transcripts from your Bachelors qualification; 
If you are applying for the GDCA after having worked in industry for six years or more, you will need to provide:
  • Your completed Creative Advertising Task Sheet.
  • Your CV/Resume; 
  • Two reference letters from previous employer/s
You may also want to provide your transcripts from any prior tertiary qualifications if you completed these in the past 10 years.

This programme is taught in different countries. Which country are you interested in?

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16584 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16585 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    5580 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5585 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • Domestic - $9,632.20 NZD
  • International - $28,600.00 NZD

Living costs

  • Auckland, New Zealand

    1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs
  • Sydney, Australia

    1882 - 3550 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


If you currently live overseas and are thinking of studying with Media Design School, then this scholarship will help contribute to the costs associated with studying abroad.

The International Student Scholarship offers recipients up to NZ$5,000 applied to your first year of tuition fees at Media Design School.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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