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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts - PGDipArts

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Victoria University of Wellington


Explore your area of interest in more detail and improve your career prospects by completing a PGDipArts. Develop your knowledge and expertise while refining your skills in research, writing and critical thinking.

You'll need to complete 120 points over one year, or if studying part time, over a maximum of four years.

As a postgraduate student you'll be part of a smaller class and can take advantage of closer relationships with academic staff.

If you want to study at an advanced level and have a B average in your Bachelor's degree for the discipline you intend to study, then consider completing a PGDipArts.


If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Programme requirements

For this programme you'll need to: Complete 120 points

Entry criteria

Bachelor's degree with a B range average.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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