New Zealand Certificate in Arts & Design (Level 3)

Programme details

Code NZ2626
Level 3
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
Domestic student fee $2,864* (per year)
IntakesSemester 2, On Demand
Study options Full-time
LocationTokoroa, Taupo, Whakatane
Further study New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) Bachelor of Creative Technologies
*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 is a hands-on programme where you will develop your creativity, experiment with materials and techniques, and gain an insight into this exciting industry.

In this one-semester programme, you will develop introductory skills in arts, crafts and/or design, and learn how to apply these creative processes and techniques to meet an artistic brief and creative outcome. If you want to explore your creativity or perhaps you are considering a career in the creative sector but are not ready for a degree, then this is a great first step. Our tutors are all practising artists and can help you achieve your goals.

Career opportunities

Small businesses in arts, crafts and/or design

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3), you must pass a total of 60 credits.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply introductory skills and conventions in arts, craft and/or design to investigate and produce work.
  • Apply creative processes and techniques to solve problems in response to a brief.
  • Demonstrate introductory work practices in arts, craft and/or design, and explore potential education and employment pathways.
  • Collaborate with others, and reflect on, select and present work

Entry criteria

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

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

CREA.3100 Creative Culture: Ahurea Auaha
Gain knowledge of creative culture and industries from a New Zealand and International perspective. Discover a range of tools, media and techniques and collaborate with others to achieve creative outputs.
Level: 3 Credits: 15

CREA.3101 Creative Project: Hinonga Auaha
Discover basic research and documentation skills, and experiment with a range of media and techniques in the generation of creative solutions in response to a given brief.
Level: 3 Credits: 15

Optional courses

Course details

CREA.3102 2D Design: Hoahoa Ahu-2
Develop an understanding of the elements and principles of design and apply these to a range of media, materials and techniques in the creation of 2D creative outputs.
Level: 3 Credits: 15


CREA.3103 3D Design: Hoahoa Ahu-3
Learn a variety of practical three dimensional techniques and processes, emphasising material properties, proportion, form, contemporary interpretations and material selection.
Level: 3 Credits: 15 


CREA.3104 Maori Design: Hoahoa Māori
Gain an introduction to the Maori art of Kowhaiwhai.
Level: 3 Credits: 15 


CREA.3105 Maori Weaving: Raranga
Learn the processes and techniques of Maori weaving, Raranga in the generation of three dimensional works.
Level: 3 Credits: 15

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