New Zealand Diploma in Arts & Design 

(Level 5 & 6)

This Level 5 and 6 programme is designed for students to engage in their chosen disciplines. The student elects two studio based disciplines in Year 2, and one studio discipline in Year 3. The focus is on developing by contextualising work through a variety of research, practical and conceptual processes. Cross disciplinary work is also encouraged in this programme, giving students flexibility of creative practice.

About the course

Studios / Modules 

​In these advanced programmes, students take the foundation skills learnt in the level 4 certificate to a greater depth. Students choose the studio speciality they wish to focus on for each year in combination with higher-level studies in Drawing and Art History. 

  • 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. 

Entry Criteria

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Programme Details 

  • Level 5 and consists of 120 Credits.
    Programme Duration - 40 weeks
    Fees - $ 7,380 (Domestic), $18,000 (International)

  • Level 6 and consists of 120 Credits.​
    Programme Duration - 40 weeks
    Fees - $ 7,430 (Domestic), $18,000 (International)

  • Students should also budget for additional materials up to $500.00 per programme

Career Pathway

  • Self-practising artist in the specialisation of your choice 

  • Higher-level study

Qualifications you will gain

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 5) and

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)

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