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New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

CertificateFull time - 6 months, part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$3,000 - $3,200


February, July


Please enquire



Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru


This programme provides an introduction to creative thinking.

It will prepare you for further tertiary study and give you transferable skills necessary across many industries. You'll be given opportunities to develop strategies in idea generation, problem solving, and visual and oral communication. You'll also be introduced to a variety of digital, visual, interactive and hand-rendered media as tools to communicate creative ideas and solutions to problems.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 Literacy credits.

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • Applicants are required to submit a portfolio or other evidence to demonstrate their creative work.

    Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English Language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident , contact us for an assessment.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

If the programme is oversubscribed applicants will be ranked based on their portfolio and interview

Next steps

Please complete:

  • An application and enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

This programme is intended as a pathway to higher level study.

Study pathways

This qualification provides a pathway to higher level diploma or degree-level study in creative subjects.

Recommended school subjects

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • English