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Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice

Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice

  • ID:CPIT640024
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area.
  • Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry requirements, but who can demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge acquired through appropriate work or professional experience, may be approved for alternative entry.
  • Applicants are required to undertake course advisement with an Ara staff member and complete a for postgraduate study application form (refer Appendix 2.8).

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 6.5 academic: speaking 6.0, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0.

Course Information

Take your professional creative career to a new level.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice has been designed for musicians, dramatists, performing and visual artists, designers, film makers, writers, directors and other professional creatives who wish to take their first foray into postgraduate study.

It will enable you to advance your creative practice and develop knowledge and specialist skills, beyond those gained through your undergraduate degree.

As a student of this programme you'll have the opportunity to use reflection on creative and critical theory to initiate and develop an area of interest into a supervised research project within a domain of practice.

You'll also develop and apply advanced knowledge of theories and worldviews, including Te Ao Māori, in relation to a domain of research and creative practice.

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Pre Courses

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Pathway Courses

  • Further study options include the Master of Creative Practice at Ara, a Master in Arts or Fine Arts, or a teacher education qualification.
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The creative careers supported by this qualifications can lead to rewarding work in the fields of visual art, design, film making and animation, photography, fashion, broadcast media, music production, music performance and theatre, among others.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/ per year

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