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New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3) Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

New Zealand


Course info


Discover your talent with UCOL’s NZ Certificate in Arts & Design, level 3. This inspiring hands-on programme is an excellent foundation to prepare you for further study in arts, graphic design or textile and fashion.

This is a hands on, studio-based programme which allows you to explore and gain skills in a range of visual arts, fashion/textiles and digital design mediums.

UCOL's NZ Certificate in Arts and Design Level 3 aims to provide a basic grounding in a range of design and arts media and is a good stair-casing programme for entry into higher level art and design qualifications.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design will be able to:

  • Apply introductory skills and conventions in arts, craft and/or design to investigate and produce work.
  • Apply creative processes and techniques to solve problems in response to a brief.
  • Demonstrate introductory work practices in arts, craft and/or design.
  • Collaborate with others, and reflect on, select and present work.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural sector and creative industries within Aotearoa New Zealand.

Education pathway

  • New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design
  • New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Diploma in Interior Design (Residential)
  • Bachelor of Design and Arts
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Design
  • Master of Design

Course Information

Compulsory courses:

  • Design
  • Creative Processes

Stream 1 (Whanganui)

  • Two-Dimensional Studies
  • Three-Dimensional Studies

Stream 2 (Palmerston North)

  • Digital Media
  • Photography

Industry Connections

  • UCOL's School of Creative Industries (includes programmes and expertise from Wanganui School of Design) is a Corporate Member of the Designers Institute of NZ (DINZ)
  • Our students and graduates have taken out top prizes in the DINZ BEST Awards many times over the years.
  • UCOL has an impressive range of industry stakeholders in the fields of fine arts, fashion and graphic design

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3).

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees

NZ $10,250 for the entire course


01 Mar


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Universal College of Learning (UCOL),

18 Princess Street,


Palmerston North,

4422, New Zealand

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees

NZ $10,250 for the entire course


15 Feb


UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,



4500, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

NCEA Level 1 or equivalent qualification

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT) score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 154; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic) score of 36 with no band less than 36.

Applicants under 20 years of age:

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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