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 & 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.

Education pathway

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

Course Information

Compulsory courses:

  • Art/Design History
  • Creative Methodology

Elective Courses - Students must choose two elective courses

  • Visual Arts Studio
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Digital Media

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

Study options

Full Time (19 weeks)

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

14 February 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,

Whanganui,

4500, New Zealand

Full Time (19 weeks)

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

28 February 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Universal College of Learning (UCOL),

18 Princess Street,

Palmerston North,

4422, 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.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 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 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests.

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.

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

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