New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)

Further develop your personal visual language and portfolio with projects that demonstrate skills that industry professionals are looking for. Begin to specialise in a career direction, for example branding, illustration or world building for gaming. Learn how to promote yourself in a competitive marketplace.

Programme outline

This programme aims to embed broad knowledge and skills in art and design with an industry focus. Content includes branding, illustration for world building/ gaming, 3D physical and digital model making, and physical and digital image making. Assessment methods in this programme may take the form of creative outputs, design or drawing journals, E-portfolio presentations (for example).  Some assignments will be individually assessed while others will be group work.

More detail about this qualification

This programme can be studied full-time or part-time and is taught in our design studios and classrooms. The programme is made up of two 15 credit courses and three 30 credit courses. Ākonga must pass all five courses to successfully pass the programme. 

Areas covered on this programme includes: 

  • Critical cultural and contextural learning to underpin projects
  • Printmaking including collograph techniques, and letterpress
  • Physical and digital montaging using imagery and type
  • DSLR Camera handling skills, studio and natural lighting, object, and portrait photography
  • Physical and digital worldbuilding for gaming and other applications including animation
  • Physical workshop practices including laser cutting
  • Creating a personal brand and website to promote individual creative practice
  • Brand identity design for products including logo development and packaging
  • Business knowledge and skills required to operate in the creative industry context of Aotearoa/New Zealand, and globally
  • Real world design scenario's; working with clients and entering design competitions
  • Exhibition planning and display
  • Direct teaching of Adobe CC: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, also Figma, Blender and Unity

Course-related costs

Some drawing resources may need to be purchased.

Entry requirements

An offer of a place on the programme will be extended to applicants who meet the entry criteria (120 credits of an NZQA approved Level 5 Degree/Diploma qualification or equivalent) or can satisfactorily prove that they have the potential to succeed on the programme and is over the age of 20 by the official start date of the programme of study.

All applicants are required to attend an interview (and may bring whānau support). Applicants must provide a hand-written letter of application and portfolio of work that represents their level of achievement at the interview.


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.
  • 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.


*For fee exclusions, please see our terms and conditions.

Related study options

Successful completion of the Level 6 Diploma Arts and Design enables ākonga entry to the one year level 7 Bachelor of Creativity course of study.

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Last updated: 6/5/2024

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