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Manukau Campus - 22 Amersham Way, Manukau, Auckland - 2104

New Lynn Campus - 4 Portage Rd, New Lynn, Auckland - 0600

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New Zealand Certificate in Arts & Design  (Level 4)

This one-year qualification offers a strong foundation in the essentials of the art & craft disciplines of Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Jewellery. While learning through making; Students discover their strengths and prepare for further study in their preferred studio disciplines.

About the course

What you will learn

Entry Criteria

In semester 1 of this exciting programme, students experience 4 weeks of each studio speciality, followed by studies in Jewellery, Drawing and Art History. In semester 2, students choose 2 of the studio specialities to focus in-depth.
The student specialities are :


  • Studio Ceramics - Students will be encouraged to express themselves in clay and develop techniques relevant to their stage of development. These will include clay preparation and properties, throwing, hand building, glazing and a variety of firing and kiln building techniques. Students develop an individual mode of expression and work towards a creative and innovative result.

  • Studio Sculpture - Students will learn to use both traditional and modern sculpture techniques, materials and modes of expression. The programme addresses issues regarding form, balance, space and installation in relation to the object and the body. Senior students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of materials and processes and to develop an individual response to 3D art-making.

  • Studio Painting - The painting programme is aimed at introducing students to the fundamental aspects of painting through the use of a variety of materials and subject matter. Students will be encouraged to develop individual expression and observational skills as well as the opportunity to question their own ideas and concept. 

  • Minimum Requirements - You must be 16 years of age or older, and have NCEA Level 2 including a minimum of 2 arts-related subjects (eg. Graphic Design, Pottery, Photography). OR you must provide a portfolio of work with evidence of practice. 

  • Detailed Requirements - You will have to undergo an acceptance interview.

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Qualifications you will gain

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

This course is Level 4 and consists of 120 Credits.​

Programme Duration - 42 weeks

Fees - $8,050 (Domestic), $18,000 (International)

(Fees-free, student loan and allowances are available for eligible applicants)

Students should also budget for additional materials up to $500.00 

Programme Details