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Certificate in Arts

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On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



1 semester

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The world is full of challenging and wonderful places. Studying the arts is your passport to discover these.

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 programme 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.


Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing labour market. They are looking for those who are able to effectively challenge and critique new encounters. Our arts programmes will develop your interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure you remain agile and able to take on the opportunities the future holds.

The arts can lead to a wide range of career opportunities including:

  • advertising
  • aid and disaster relief workers
  • business managers
  • communications
  • conflict resolution
  • customs/immigration officers
  • defence forces
  • disaster relief
  • education
  • family therapists
  • foreign affairs
  • human resources
  • international business
  • media production
  • mental health practitioners
  • novelists
  • peacekeeping
  • policy development and analysis
  • politics
  • project management
  • public relations
  • research managers
  • risk management
  • school principals
  • sign language interpreters
  • special education needs
  • specialist teachers
  • speech writers
  • teaching English overseas
  • translation
  • travel and hospitality.

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.

Entry criteria

  • Entry requirements vary from country to country.
  • Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 3. For more details, please visit university website.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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