New Zealand Diploma in Arts & Design (Level 6)

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkairua o Aotearoa Mahi Toi, Hoahoa (Pae 6)
Code NZ2637
Level 6
Credits 120
Duration 1 year
Domestic student fee $5,605* (per year)
IntakesSemester 1, Semester 2
Study options Full-time, Part-time
Part-time study will take 2 years to complete
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study 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.
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Programme aim

This Level 6 diploma makes up the second year of the Bachelor of Creative Technologies and will introduce the fundamental knowledge and skills for establishing a creative business. You will start to narrow your focus as a creative and begin to specialise in your selected area of art, design or craft by working with discipline-specific lecturers who will help guide your practice.

On the business side of things, you’ll start developing and testing your products in the marketplace through community projects, work experience or participating in pop-up shops, and you’ll extend your knowledge of technology with 3D printers, laser cutters, screen printing, CAD and photography labs.

Career opportunities

Graphic designer, museum or gallery worker, independent studio or public works artist, artist’s assistant, retail display designer, printer, photographer, photographer’s assistant, tertiary teacher of art and design; self-employed practising artist or designer; candidate for postgraduate study

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6), students 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 6) programme, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply specialised skills and theoretical knowledge in the production of work in a selected area of arts, craft and/or design.
  2. Use investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies to synthesise ideas and solve problems in a selected area of arts, craft and/or design.
  3. Critically analyse research findings to support the development of ideas and to position own work within conventions and contexts in arts, craft, and/or design.
  4. Demonstrate leadership and professional practice to manage projects/briefs and prepare for selected career pathways in arts, craft and/or design.
  5. Critically evaluate work, communicate to a range of audiences, and present own resolved work in a real‐world context.

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

Course details
CREA.6101 Business Skills for Creative Entrepreneurs: Pūmanawa Pakihi mō ngā Rakahinonga Auaha
The aim of this course is to introduce students to fundamental knowledge and skills for establishing a creative business. Students will examine a range of business structures and models, local and global production and distribution processes, and financial and legislative requirements relevant to creative industries. A core focus of this...
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
CREA.6102 History, Culture, Context: Kōrero Tuku Iho, Ahurea, Horopaki
Students will develop analytical skills and critical thinking on historical and contemporary theories and practices relevant to creative contexts. Students will also examine indigenous, local and global traditions, historical movements and milestones, and ethnic and cultural influences on creative practice, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 1
CREA.6103 The Furnace: Te Ahi
The aim of this course is to extend student knowledge and skill through participation in a range of workshops. Students will work with a specified brief to develop ideas and concepts through research and experimentation with materials, process and techniques. Students will conduct research to inform their own work and...
Credits 30 Intakes Semester 1
CREA.6104 Creative Technologies II: Hangarau Auaha II
The aim of this course is to develop enhanced capability in the use of digital technologies and their application to create design outputs using a range of media.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
CREA.6105 Sustainable Design: Hoahoa Toitū
The aim of this course is enhance students’ knowledge of sustainability, and to identify sustainable and unsustainable practices in relation to creative and related industries. Students will develop a design solution or service which addresses key issues affecting the industry which is informed by sustainable design principles.
Credits 15 Intakes Semester 2
CREA.6106 The Creative Project: Te Kaupapa Auaha
The aim of this course is to generate a creative project in response to a community brief or from self-initiated ideas. Students will develop their professional practice by adherence to a project management plan, and the rationalisation of the concepts that underpin it.
Credits 30 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.

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