New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

Get a taste for the fundamentals and principles of design, Adobe CC applications, photography and video production, digital fabrication (laser cutting, 3D printing) and 3D model making for film. Start developing your creative portfolio.

Programme outline

This programme aims to provide a solid grounding in a range of design and arts media as well as art and design history. It will introduce you to several design applications, including photography, and image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop, as well as video production and digital fabrication using laser cutting and 3D printing. There are four compulsory 15 credit courses (total of 60 credits) that are taught over 17 weeks.

More detail about this qualification

This 17 week programme is taught in our design studios and classrooms and is made up of four projects (courses).

  • Project 1: Geometric
  • Project 2: Ideas/Ideas
  • Project 3: Body Adornment
  • Project 4: Concept Design Identity

There are no tests or examinations within this qualification, students will be assessed throughout the 17 weeks on their Creative Work, Research, Creative Process and Professional Skills under each project. Students must pass all four Projects to successfully pass the programme. The programme is ideally structured for full-time creative students at Level 4 who wish to progress to diplomas and degrees.

We are also offering some evening classes and weekend workshops at the Wellington (Te Auaha) campus on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm starting the week of 27 February, 2023.

Course related costs

Some drawing resources may need to be purchased.

Entry requirements

The NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) is an open entry programme, but it is recommended to have a NZQA Level 3 qualification or a portfolio of creative work to be viewed. Applicants must be 16 years and over.


All applicants are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5), completion of accepted international equivalent.

Further study options

The NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) can lead you to apply for entry into the Diplomas in Arts and Design and Screen Production. The portfolio content completed during the programme can be used to support an application for further study or look for an entry level job in New Zealand’s fastest growing industry.

Offering institute

This qualification is offered by Whitireia.

On 1 September 2022, the operations of Whitireia transferred to the Whitireia and WelTec business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). As part of this, all existing Whitireia programmes transferred to Te Pūkenga.

This programme is subject to NZQA approval.

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