New Zealand Education - Think New Logo

Institute of Technology or Polytechnic

Eastern Institute of Technology
Eastern Institute of Technology logo

NZ Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date



Build on your skills and knowledge from the Level 5 diplomas, through engaging in a series of real-life and in-house projects. You can explore various creative disciplines including design, fashion, music, screen production and visual arts.

This diploma teaches the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to think innovatively and develop a career as a creative practitioner in your chosen discipline.

With your diploma completed successfully you can continue on to the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Practice.

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
  • Music
  • Screen production
  • Visual arts

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Arts / Fashion / Music / Screen administration / industry entry level position
  • Graphic designer entry level position
  • Furniture design entry level position
  • Gallery or museum curation entry level position
  • Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker
  • Spatial / interior design intern
  • Web designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Musician, Composer, Performer
  • Screen, Film, TV production

Continue your study pathway with a Bachelor of Creative Practice followed by an Honours or Masters degree.

Entry criteria

The academic entry requirement for 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.

Applicants must provide a hand-written letter of application and a portfolio of work that represents their level of achievement at the interview.

English language entry requirements

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme.
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 the EIT | Te Pūkenga 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 two years preceding enrolment (see equivalency tables in DELP).

Studying in NZ

Register nowSign in

Share this course

Share this course