New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design
Level 5

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

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  • Locations and dates


    21 February 2022
    18 July 2022
  • Length

    40 weeks including six weeks of study break

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Gain a great foundation in a wide range of art and design disciplines

This one year programme can be taken as a stand alone qualification to give you broad, fundamental skills in arts and design. It is also the first year of the Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6), and the Bachelor of Arts and Media - so can pathway easily into further study.

Through this programme you will gain the skills and knowledge for entry-level positions in production and/or design roles within arts and design industries such as designers, technicians, machinists, or salespeople.

All courses in this programme are compulsory, so you are sure to gain a good broad understanding of arts and design. You will also get a taste of each of the areas you can specialise in if you go on to further study at NMIT. You will complete a Lab and a Project course for each of the following disciplines:

  • Lens-based Media
  • Graphic Design
  • Object Design
  • Image Making
  • Critical Studies
  • Communication

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

University Entrance: NCEA L3 (60 credits at L3, 20 credits at L2 or higher) which must include: 14 credits at L3 in each of three subjects including at least one from the following subject list: Painting; Design; Photography; Sculpture; Printmaking; Graphics; Design; Textiles; Media Studies; Drama; Materials Technology; Digital Technology; English; History; Social Sciences or Art History as well as Literacy - 10 credits at L2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and Numeracy - 10 credits at L1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627) OR a qualification on the NZQF at L4 or above in a related discipline OR a qualification or examination recognised as equivalent to achievement of NCEA L3 (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination). Alternative Requirements: Applicants (including those over 20 years of age) unable to evidence that they meet Academic Requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager (or delegate). English Language Requirements: Result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Table: IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in each band). Note: Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact NMIT for an assessment. Applicants who have achieved NCEA L3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. Other Requirements: Portfolio of work showing ability in arts and design. To complete practical aspects of the programme: Access to a suitable workspace and Access to materials suitable for meeting assessment requirements

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

1 Year

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $5,978 $5,978
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $9,803 $9,803
TOTAL Learn more $15,781 $15,781
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Successful course completions 89%

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $32,819
Earnings range Learn more $21,996 - $40,622
In employment Learn more 57%
In further study Learn more 32%
On a benefit Learn more 4%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students








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