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Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Unitec Institute of Technology


Develop advanced academic, practical and creative skills through an exhibition, publication or industry project and access multi-disciplinary creative studios supervised by industry leading educators, artists and designers. The Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice offers a highly flexible studio or industry based programme based at Unitec’s Creative Industries cultural hub.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice enables artists, designers, photographers, animators, educators, performers, directors, producers and other creative thinkers to advance their professional careers within Unitec’s Creative Industries cultural hub.

In the first semester, a combination of taught, negotiated or studio courses allow you to tailor the learning experience to your specialist creative research interests, whether these fall into traditional (graphic design, industrial design, photography, animation, visual arts, performance) or hybrid domains (service design, experience design, design for social innovation, performance or production design, transmedia, interdisciplinary practice).

Your second semester involves conceptualising, proposing and implementing advanced creative research. You will be supervised and mentored by academic staff and/or industry professionals. Creative projects may take place on campus or be integrated into a relevant workplace.


  • Create a body of new work, improve your job opportunities, and refresh or re-orient your profession.
  • Develop critical self-reflection, creative thinking and research skills by taking your practice to an advanced level.
  • Work in an evolving multi-disciplinary environment where you will get exposure to a wide range of approaches, practices, and theories.
  • Improve your communication and project proposal skills through studio critiques and written components.
  • Learn from supervisors that include notable artists, designers, and educators.
  • Enhance your creative portfolio with a significant advanced research project.


  • Artist
  • Creative director
  • Curator
  • Digital artist
  • Director
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Producer
  • Visual artist

Entry criteria

You must have completed at least one of the following:

A recognised Bachelor’s degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement deemed to be an average of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; or
A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a Bachelor’s degree

English Language Requirements: IELTS test: Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21); PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50; Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C+ or 300 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 5. Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) HIGH PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS, or C2 Mastery International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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