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 is studio and classroom based which allows you to explore and gain skills and is designed for students who are seeking to develop a range of foundational technical skills and conceptual knowledge to produce creative work in arts, crafts, or design.  As graduates of this qualification, you will have developed a range of creative capabilities to contribute to community or commercial projects in preparation for further study.

More detail about this qualification

The New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) comprises of 60 credits and is a 17-week programme.  Students study full-time or part-time but must complete the qualification within three years of the date of first enrolment.  There are 2 compulsory courses, Art/Design and Creative Methodology and Graphic Design course and Digital Media course.


CAD4002 Creative Methodology

Select and apply a variety of creative media, materials and equipment as a means of generating and developing work.

CAD4001 Art/Design History

Identify and analyse historical and cultural contexts within New Zealand art and design practices. Topics include the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi in relation to art and design practice in Aotearoa New Zealand.

CAD4005 Graphic Design

Demonstrate an understanding of specific design software and apply principles of graphic design in response to a brief.

CAD4007 Digital Media

Demonstrate an understanding of specific digital media software and principles in response to a brief.

Course related costs

Some drawing resources may need to be purchased.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry to this programme, applicants must hold at least one of the following:

NCEA Level 2 (Including Literacy 10 credits at Level 1 and Numeracy 10 credits at Level 1) or Equivalent academic achievement or on a case by case at the discretion of the Programme Manager.

English Language Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement for international students is IELTS General or Academic Score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form.

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.

You can also complete this qualification two evenings per week (Monday & Wednesday) at our Wellington campus from 6-9pm from 27/2/2023-3/11/2023, there will also be the opportunity to attend two weekend workshops, dates to be confirmed. 

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Use the knowledge you already have to fast-track your qualification. Workplace-learning, volunteering, professional development, other provider qualifications and online courses can be recognised as prior learning and put towards your qualification. Start by getting in touch with us, or find out more here.

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