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NZ Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)

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This qualification is designed for creatives with broad knowledge and skills in art, design, music, fashion and screen production who wish to specialise in their selected area.

The creative industries and cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand will benefit from graduates who can critically analyse research findings, critically evaluate work, and present resolved work in a real-world context.

As a graduate you will be able to independently select and apply a range of processes in a specialised area of art, design, music, fashion and screen production.


Throughout the delivery of the diploma, you will learn through engaging in projects. This project-based learning (PBL) approach places you at the centre of the learning experience and allows for the embedding of theory and practice within the project context.

The aim of project-based learning is to facilitate your development of knowledge, creative skills and research skills by beginning the learning journey on any given topic with questions, problems or provocations to be addressed or resolved.

You will complete five projects at Level 6. There is an opportunity in the second semester for you to choose between two options: individually working towards an external outcome (such as a competition) or a group project with an external client.

As a graduate of this qualification you will be able to:

  • Apply specialised skills and theoretical knowledge in the production of work in a selected area of art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Use investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies to synthesise ideas and solve problems in a selected area of art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Critically analyse research findings to support the development of ideas and to position own work within conventions and contexts in art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Demonstrate leadership and professional practice to manage projects/briefs and prepare for selected career pathways in art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Critically evaluate work, communicate to a range of audiences, and present own resolved work in a real-world context.

Subject areas include:

  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • Screen Production

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Arts/Fashion/Music/Screen administration / industry entry level positions
  • Graphic Designer entry level positions
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery or Museum curation entry level positions
  • Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker
  • Spatial/Interior Design intern
  • Web Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Musician, composer, performer
  • Screen, Film, TV production

Entry criteria

Admission to the NZ Diploma in Arts and Design [Level 6] programme may be limited by the number of places available.

An offer of a place on the programme will be extended to applicants who meet the entry criteria (120 credits of an NZQA approved level 5 Degree/Diploma Qualification or equivalent) or can satisfactorily prove that s/he has the potential to succeed on the programme and is over the age of 20 by the official start date of the programme of study.

All applicants must also provide a hand-written letter of application and a portfolio of work that represents their level of achievement.

English Language Entry Requirement

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme.

For international applicants, ways in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include the following:

• Successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (subject to the conditions in EIT’s Database for English Language Proficiency (DELP)).
• Completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4 with any endorsement).
• IELTS Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment.
• Accepted international equivalents to the above IELTS scores, achieved in a single test within the two years preceding enrolment (see equivalency tables in the DELP).

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