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New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

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Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


Study the New Zealand Certificate in Creativity and start your journey into the exciting world of the Creative Industries in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Students will experience a wide range of projects and skills including animation, filmmaking, photography, print making and creative design. Students will be given opportunities to drive their own creative projects and collaborate with others to develop creative outputs. Learners will be able to build on their existing portfolios and knowledge to be able to continue their studies or enter industry and community creative endeavours.

The New Zealand Certificate in Creativity is a half year programme that allows you to express your creativity using the latest techniques and technology.

Learners will engage in a range of skills that develop both individual creative practice and collaborative practices. Learners will develop skills in animation, drawing, filmmaking, set development, digital painting, photography, printmaking, art history and professional development. Learners will be using the latest techniques and processes to build their creative practice, while also understanding the historical context for their studies. Learners will build on their existing practice and be set up to be able to work in community/industry on creative project or further their knowledge in further study.

Pathways include:

Bachelor of Screen Arts – Animation Major
Bachelor of Screen Arts – Game Design Major
Bachelor of Screen Arts – Concept Art Major
Bachelor of Screen Arts – Film Major
Bachelor of Screen Arts – Content Creation Major
Bachelor of Screen Arts – Digital Fashion Design Major

Career Opportunities:

Graduates have gone on to further study at Degree and Postgraduate level.

Graduates from this programme currently work in a large variety of work in the creative industries including: animation, game design, film, photography, concept creation, concept art/design and visual arts.

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Certificate in Creativity, and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

A minimum of 60 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)
The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4) full-time over one semester or part-time over one year

Entry criteria

School leavers:

Students must be a minimum of 17 years at the start of their course and ideally have NCEA Level 2.

Applicants should demonstrate a keen interest in applied arts as a realistic career choice or personal development.

All applicants are required to submit a portfolio and take part in an interview process.

Mature Applicants:

Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

English Language Requirements

IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5
TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE)
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14)
Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current: a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 3 (General)
Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36
Language Cert - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS
Trinity ISE - ISE I with no less than distinction in any band

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