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New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

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Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Feb 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. Student 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.

Entry criteria

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

School Leavers

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

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

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. Examples of demonstration of ability to succeed are the provision of evidence of successful completion of a programme of study at Level 1 or above in a related discipline and/or employment in the related sector for one or more years.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination –B2 First or B2First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
  • Level 3 (Academic) b) Level 3 (Applied)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

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