New Zealand Diploma in Arts & Design (Level 5)

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua o Aotearoa Mahi Toi, Hoahoa (Pae 5)
Code NZ2636
Level 5
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $5,920* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
Part-time study will take 5 years to complete
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) Bachelor of Creative Technologies Graduate Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
All of our full-time programmes qualify for student loans and allowances through StudyLink. Many part-time programmes also qualify. Apply online at or phone 0800 88 99 00. Apply early to help avoid enrolment and payment delays.

Information for international students

Tuition fee$19,950 per year
IntakesFebruary, July
Minimum IELTS5.5 with no band less than 5.0
Duration (length of study)2 years (level 5 is packaged with level 6 to make a 2 year programme of study)
Application Checklist and RequirementsView the information page to see what documents you must supply with your application.
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Programme aim

If you want to take your talents and turn them into a successful career as an artist, craftsperson or designer, this one-year programme is a great place to start.

This diploma makes up the first year of the Bachelor of Creative Technologies. Exploration of your background and self will be an important part of your studies in order to help you express and develop your artistic vision, and look at where you want to be in the future.

You will experiment with a range of media and participate in a variety of workshops such as interior design, fashion, product design, digital media photography or screenprinting while developing your research and creative design skills. The business side of the creative industry will be introduced and you’ll learn how to present your work and promote yourself using various media.

Career opportunities

Production and/or design roles within arts and design industries such as designers, technicians, machinists, or salespeople

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5), you must pass a total of 120 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

On successful completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) programme, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply broad knowledge, and practical and conceptual skills in the production of arts, craft and/or design work.
  2. Use investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies to develop responses to a brief and solve problems.
  3. Use research to support the development of ideas and to inform own work within conventions and contexts in arts, craft and/or design.
  4. Critique own work and the work of others, communicate in a range of situations, and present own resolved work in simulated contexts.
  5. Apply professional practices to manage projects/briefs within defined guidelines, and select potential education and employment pathways in arts, craft and/or design.

Entry criteria

You must have NCEA Level 2 that includes passes in English or te reo Māori, plus 42 credits at Level 3 or equivalent. You will be assessed for your ability to meet the academic, and health and safety requirements of the programme.

You must submit a portfolio of 10 pieces of work showing your creative ideas, originality, curiosity and imagination, and how you can use this within creative work.

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Compulsory courses

Year 1

Course details
CREA.5101 Creative Context: Horopaki Auaha
The aim of this course is to provide students with an initial experience of project-based learning. Students will be introduced to the methods, processes and language of drawing and design. Students will orientate themselves in relation to other designers and artists, as well as to the context of visual arts...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
CREA.5102 Creative Technologies I: Hangarau Auaha I
The aim of this course is to develop students’ skills and knowledge across a range of digital software and relevant technologies used within the creative industries. Students will work with a given brief to research and develop concepts which are communciated in a visual format.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
CREA.5103 Art and Design in Aotearoa: Mahi Toi, Hoahoa i Aotearoa
Students will gain knowledge of New Zealand art and design including influential artists, designers and craftspeople. Students will gain both practical and theoretical knowledge of art and design practices, culminating in the development of a personal design response that reflects their own cultural perspective and references one or more aspects...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
CREA.5104 The Hub: Wānanga
The aim of this course is to introduce students to a variety of hands-on practical workshops where they can learn and experiment with a range of materials and techniques, and contribute to a collaborative project. The workshops will cover a broad range of creative disciplines allowing students to gain and...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
CREA.5105 World of Pattern: Ngā Tauira o te Ao
Students will explore digital and manual creative processes for the application of pattern on a variety of surfaces. Students will conduct and document research of patterns and motifs from a historical, contemporary and cultural context.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
CREA.5106 Self-representation: Te Whakakitenga nō Nanahi, ki Tua
Students will explore their background and self to express and develop a vision of where they want to be in the future. Students will investigate self-representation through a range of media, communication strategies and developing an online presence.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
CREA.5107 Materials, Form, Structure: Ngā Rawa, Āhua, Hanganga
The aim of this course is to introduce students to a variety of materials and processes, and enable experimentation with form and structure through a range of workshops. Students will situate their work in relation to historical, cultural, contemporary or futuristic spatial structures to inform the development of innovative three-dimensional...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
CREA.5108 The Foundry: Te Orokohanga
The aim of this course is introduce students to project development and management from initial conception to presentation. Students will select their area of emphasis based on individual interests and goals, and will participate in a range of workshops to further develop their skills and knowledge. Students will bring together...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2

*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017