Diploma in Arts and Media (Level 6).xml Diploma in Arts and Media (Level 6)

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Entry Requirements

Minimum requirement

42 credits NCEA Level 3 or higher (specific subjects apply) or Diploma in Arts and Media Level 5. If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any band).

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Detailed requirements

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Extend your study achievements and employment options and challenge your creative thinking by completing the Diploma in Arts and Media (Level 6).

Graduates of this programme will possess the appropriate technical skills and safe work practice habits required to develop, produce and evaluate arts/media works in their studio area of choice, have sufficient studio, design process and problem solving skills to produce work for an arts/media practice.

They will also be able to conduct effective research and critically evaluate their work and have a broad understanding of the ethical, social, philosophical, historic and cultural issues relating to visual arts and design.

You will develop a portfolio of work that will assist you in gaining entry into degree level studies or employment. You will also submit your chosen designs to showcase and sell at our annual exhibition.

This programme covers:

  • Contemporary art/design practices and investigations into relevant methodologies, processes and media.
  • Documentation and analysis of work using set criteria, within the context of contemporary art/design practice.
  • Working independently to experiment and generate new ideas, with an emphasis on creating and developing an innovative body of art work.
  • Design, production and presentation of two-dimensional images using specialist painting, printmaking, photographic and/or digital processes.
  • Design, production and presentation of three-dimensional objects and installations using specialist sculpture, craft and digital construction processes.
  • Extending your skills base and exploring cross-disciplinary approaches within the context of your own art/design practice.
  • Planning and implementing of self-directed creative projects, using selected two- and three-dimensional and digital media.
  • Requirements for the promotion and presentation of your own art/design work in a public and/or professional context.

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Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 240 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
    • A minimum of 42 credits at Level3 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), including at least 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) in each of two subjects, of which at least one relates to English; and at least one is from the subject list below; with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the NZQF.
    • Subjectlist: Design; Painting; Printmaking; Graphics; Technology; Sculpture; History of Art; Photography; Media Studies; Design (Practical Art) Graphics History of Art History; Media Studies; Music Studies; Painting (Practical Art); Photography (Practical Art); Sculpture (Practical Art); Technology; Drama; English; Social Studies; Printmaking (Practical Art).
    • Or: For Level 6: successful completion of the Diploma in Arts and Media (Level 5).
Alternative requirements
    • Applications from mature students (over 20 years) are welcome.
    • If you don't have the stated entry criteria, talk to us about whether you have the equivalent skills and knowledge or to determine if this is the right programme for you.
Additional requirements
    • Portfolio: Visual Arts and Design, Graphics and Multimedia.
    • All applicants must submit a portfolio of work showing ability in the major in which they wish to study.
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Acceptable Alternatives Chart
Domestic: Received all year
International: 13 January for February start
Domestic: $6,200 - $6,670
International: $20,860
ADDITIONAL COSTS: Additional funds will be required for the purchase of art materials

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

Creativity and creative thinking are transferrable skills that are in high demand from most industries and employers. The skills and techniques developed in this programme opens the door to a range of careers.

This qualification forms the basis for entry level careers in creative industries such as: self-employment, working in galleries, set making and painting, working artist taking part in exhibitions, illustration work, producing work for sale and tutoring art classes.

Study pathways

Graduates from this programme could apply for entry to the Ara Bachelor of Design with Recognition of Prior Learning.