New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design
Level 6

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)

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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


Build on your foundational knowledge and take courses in your area of interest

This programme builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5), and pathways onto the third year of the Bachelor of Arts and Media.

What courses will I do?

During this programme you will complete four compulsory courses in:

  • Advanced Critical Studies (Lab and Project)
  • Professional Practice (Lab and Project)

You will also take four elective courses, in an area of your choosing:

  • Advanced Lens-based Media (Lab and/or Project)
  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Advanced Graphic Design - Motion Graphics
  • Advanced Object Design (Lab and/or Project)
  • Advanced Image Making (Lab and/or Project)

What can I do after I graduate?

After you graduate from this programme, you will have the skills and knowledge to work

  • in an intermediate-level position in arts, craft and design industries (e.g. production and/or design roles)
  • as an arts administrator (e.g. in theatres, museums, auction houses, art galleries)
  • in sales and advertising
  • or be self employed, acting as a freelancer.

 Completion of this programme also pathways into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts and Media.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Applicants under the age of 20: A minimum of 42 credits at Level 3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), including at least 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in each of two subjects, of which at least one relates to English; and at least one is from the subject list below; with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the NZQF. Painting (Visual Art), Design (Visual Art), Photography (Visual Art), Sculpture (Visual Art), Printmaking (Visual Art), Graphics (Technology),,Design (Technology), Textiles (Technology), Media Studies, Drama, Materials Technology, Digital Technology, English, History, Social Sciences, Art History Or Successful completion of a recognised art/media foundation programme or equivalent, for example the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) Applicants over the age of 20: No academic qualifications are required. All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those students whose first language is not English should have: * An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each band) issued within the last two years, or A qualification considered to be equivalent to the above. An initial discussion with the Head of Department or delegate will be required to assess applicants' individual motivation, commitment to, and suitability for the Programme. Computer literacy: A sufficient level of computer literacy is required. Portfolio: All applicants must submit a portfolio of work showing ability in arts and design.

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

1 Year

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $5,976 $5,976
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $9,803 $9,803
TOTAL Learn more $15,779 $15,779
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Student success data is unavailable for this qualification.

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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