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New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

New Zealand

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What will I learn?

Extend your talent with UCOL’s NZ Certificate in Arts & Design (Level 4). 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 expand your skills in a range of visual arts, fashion/textiles and digital design mediums.

UCOL's NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) aims to provide a solid grounding in a range of design and arts media as well as art and design history. It is an excellent stair-casing programme for entry into Diploma and Degree level art and design qualifications.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Prepares graduates for entry level positions within the arts and/or creative industries or higher level study within art/craft/design disciplines
  • Provides students with a strong understanding of the cultural sector of Aotearoa New Zealand to enhance the creative industries.
  • Enables students to produce work through applying creative processes in a studio-based environment that reflects professional practices and conventions within arts/craft and design contexts.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Designers and Artists.

Education pathway

  • Bachelor of Design and Arts
  • Postgraduate Diploma of Design
  • Master of Design

Course Information

Note: As a subsidiary of Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time.

This programme consist of 60 credits. The courses includes;

COMPULSORY COURSES

  • Art/Design History (15 Credits)
  • Creative Methodology (15 Credits)

ELECTIVE COURSES (Choose two) (Available elective courses may vary between campuses.)

  • Visual Arts Studio (15 Credits) (Whanganui campus)
  • Fashion Design (15 Credits) (Whanganui campus)
  • Graphic Design (15 Credits) (Palmerston North or Whanganui campus)
  • Photography (15 Credits) (Palmerston North or Whanganui campus)
  • Digital Media (15 Credits) (Palmerston North or Whanganui campus)

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

Learning Facilities

Fully equipped Art and Design Home Room, specialist Mac Design Labs, printmaking facilities, Fashion and textiles studio, photography and lighting studio, wood and metal working workshop.

Study options

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $10,250 for the entire course
Start date

20 February 2023, 17 July 2023

Venue

Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Universal College of Learning (UCOL),

18 Princess Street,

Palmerston North,

4410, New Zealand

Full Time (19 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $10,250 for the entire course
Start date

13 February 2023, 17 July 2023

Venue

UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,

Whanganui,

4500, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

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

  • NCEA Level 2 OR
  • Equivalent academic achievement OR
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

English language Requirement: IELTS - General or Academic: Score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 3 (Applied); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 42 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).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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