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NZ Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Eastern Institute of Technology


This qualification is designed for learners who wish to further develop their practical and conceptual skills and knowledge in arts, crafts and/or design.

The creative industries and cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand will benefit from graduates who can use research to inform, critique and present resolved work in simulated contexts.

Graduates will be able to independently select and apply a range of processes in arts, craft and/or design contexts.


The project-based learning approach in the diploma 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.

There are four projects at Level 5. These projects are largely prescribed, involve both individual and group learning and include the key foundational creative skills, techniques and theory.

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

  • Produce practice-based creative works from a critically engaged personal standpoint informed by contemporary and historic contexts.
  • Apply broad knowledge and practical and conceptual skills in the production of arts, craft and/or design work.
  • Use investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies to develop responses to a brief and solve problems.
  • Use research to support the development of ideas and to inform own work within conventions and contexts in arts, craft and/or design.
  • Critique own work and the work of others, communicate in a range of situations and present own resolved work in simulated contexts.
  • Apply professional practices to manage projects/briefs within defined guidelines and select potential education and employment pathways in arts, crafts and/or design.

Subject areas include:

  • Drawing technology
  • Graphic Design: Adobe Creative Suite industry standard software including: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After-effects (dependent on projects)
  • 3D Design / Sculpture: wood, clay, metal, plastics
  • Spatial, object and architectural design
  • Print: silkscreen and press printing
  • Paint: acrylics, oils, new media

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Painter
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Illustrator
  • Spatial/interior design intern
  • Furniture designer intern
  • Graphic designer intern
  • Web designer intern
  • Arts administrator
  • Gallery or museum curator intern

Entry criteria

A person is eligible to apply for entry who:

University Entrance, as defined by the NZQA, OR
• Evidence regarded as sufficient by the Discipline Leader of the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study, OR
• At the discretion of the Head of School, where the applicant is over 20 years of age and demonstrates the capability to undertake and complete the programme of study.

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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