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New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design

STARTS: February 2024
International Close Date: Received all year

Enhance your skills to establish yourself as a creative professional.

With this diploma you’ll develop core skills in problem solving and idea generation in a range of methods and materials. You'll also become familiar with using digital technology for creative work.

This diploma is the ideal pathway to the Bachelor of Design where you can further refine your skill for a career.

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$6,583 - $7,419 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023

NCEA Level 2

OR New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

OR New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media Design (Level 4)

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This programme is primarily designed to develop your skills and provide a pathway to a personal art practice. Upon successful completion of the diploma, you may choose to engage in further study, or spend time developing your own visual art.

Study pathways

This programme will equip you for further study at higher levels. Entry to the Ara Bachelor of Design at second year level will be an option for students with a sufficient level of success in the Diploma

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Visual arts
  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art history

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Enhance your skills to establish yourself as a creative professional.

Type Diploma
Code NZ2636
Next Starts February 2024
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Received all year
Credits 120
Level 5
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2636-STRU

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$6,583 - $7,419 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023
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Applied Visual Arts - NZ Diploma in Arts and Design - Feb 2024 - Timaru
Start date: 19 February 2024

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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