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Certificate in Arts

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



1 semester

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland Campus


Study a Certificate in Arts – CertArts

If you wish to participate in university study without having to commit to completing a large set of courses, the Certificate in Arts could be right for you. It is also a good choice if you wish to take a few interest courses at university level.

The arts are the study of humanity: our history, beliefs, societies, languages, and cultures. They ask questions about how we think, how we communicate, how we live, and how we interact with our environment. They teach us to analyse the meaning behind what we are, what we do, and how we came to be that way.

You choose what you study

With a Massey CertArts you can study what you enjoy and explore subject areas that spark your interest. You can choose courses from 30 subject areas in humanities and social sciences. You can include courses from different disciplines, including one from outside the humanities and social sciences.

Why study arts at Massey?

Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance learning qualification and access to multi-media learning materials.

Massey will prepare you to be a free and original thinker who will lead New Zealand into the future and help solve some of our big problems.

Further study

The certificate can be used as a stepping stone to the Diploma in Arts, and from there to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

A CertArts is a good fit if you:

are curious about humanity and have wide-ranging interests

want the flexibility to follow your passions

would like to take a few courses of interest.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification, outside of university admission regulations.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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