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New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

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Develop your creative skills with this one year Diploma. Each paper is project based and aims to help you develop your own style while introducing you to the bigger picture of the creative sector and the opportunities within this field.

You will learn how to:

  • 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, craft and/or design.

Programme Specific Information

This one-year Diploma caters to those learners who want to develop their art & design skills. Offering eight core papers learners build technical confidence and expand ideas using practical based methods. The Diploma is ideal for learners who have completed NCEA Year 12 or 13 and wish to develop an art & design career and/or those learners who have completed the NZ Level 4 Art & Design Certificate.


  • DAD5.001 - Studio Practice 1
  • DAD5.002 - Creative Technologies 1
  • DAD5.003 - The Print 1
  • DAD5.004 - The Body 1
  • DAD5.005 - 3D New Media 1
  • DAD5.006 - Studio Practice 2
  • DAD5.007 - Drawing 1
  • DAD5.008 - Painting 1

Career Options

Artist/Designer, Artist Assistant, Gallery Assistant, Museum Worker, cultural organisations.

Further study options

Graduates can automatically transition into the NZ Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)

Entry criteria

  • New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4); or
  • Equivalent knowledge, skills, work experience or study.

Students must also meet the English language proficiency requirements as below:

  • IELTS 5.5 (academic) overall with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL (iBT) score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First 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
  • PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • NZCEL Level 4 with an General or Employment endorsement
  • LanguageCert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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