New Zealand Certificate in Arts & Design (Level 4)

Programme details

Code NZ2627
Level 4
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
Domestic student fee $2,864* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1
Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Tauranga (Windermere)
Further study New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) Bachelor of Creative Technologies
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Programme aim

We want to encourage and support your exploration of ideas using a range of art and design media.

This programme will take you through the steps of the design process and teach you to make informed choices for kick-starting your career in the creative industry or related career opportunities. You will experiment with a range of media and techniques while building your creativity and practical skills across a broad range of disciplines.

You’ll learn through a combination of practical workshops, tutorials, small group activities, hands-on classes and projects.

Career opportunities

Junior assistant and/or support roles in arts and/or creative industries, such as designers, technicians, machinists, or salespeople

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4), you must pass a total of 60 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental practical, conceptual and research skills in the production of arts, craft and/or design work.
  • Select and apply creative processes, methods and technologies to solve problems in response to a brief.
  • Manage projects/briefs under broad guidance, apply standard work practices, and describe potential education and employment pathways in arts, craft and/or design.
  • Select and present work in context, communicate ideas, and analyse work within conventions and contexts in arts, craft and/or design.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations.

You will need to have NCEA Level 2 or equivalent. You will be assessed for your ability to meet the academic, and health and safety requirements of the programme.

Academic credit may be granted for relevant learning achieved prior to your enrolment on a course or programme.

Evidence of English language competency must be provided if English is not your first language.

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Compulsory courses

Course Details
Materials and Process: Nga Rawa me te Tukanga
Level: 4 Credits: 15
Creative Industries: Ngā Ahumahi Auaha
Level: 4 Credits: 15
Design Development: Whakawhanake Hoahoa
Level: 4 Credits: 15

Optional courses

Select one of the following

Course Details
Studio: Taupuni Mahi
Level: 4 Credits: 15
Graphic Design Studio: Taupuni Mahi Whakatauira Whakanikoniko
Level: 4 Credits: 15
Fashion Design Studio: Taupuni Mahi Hoahoa Kākahu
Level: 4 Credits: 15
Interior Design Studio Taupuni Mahi Hoahoa Rō Whare
Level: 4 Credits: 15

Page last updated: 30 Sep 2017