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Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)
Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

  • ID:CPIT640029
  • Level:1-Year Post-Secondary Certificate
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • NCEA Level 2
  • OR New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media Design (Level 4)
  • OR New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)
  • OR New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) or equivalent

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

English requirements

  • 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 AraExamination 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.
  • Overall IELTS requirements 5.5 academic: speaking 5.0, reading 5.0, writing 5.0, listening 5.0.

Course Information

Enhance your creative skills to establish yourself as an arts practitioner.

This diploma aims to develop the technical and thinking skills needed to work as art practitioner or designer at an introductory level. You'll gain core skills in areas such as creative idea generation, drawing, printmaking and sculpture in a range of materials. You'll also become familiar with using computers for creative work using Adobe Creative Suite software.

As well as studio courses, you'll complete a contextual studies course. This is the main academic subject, and includes communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and bi-cultural issues.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

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.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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