New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4) New Zealand Certificate in Music (Level 4)

A-Z study guide
Music Arts L4
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CertificateFull-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$5,710 - $6,200







Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Received all year


Christchurch - Madras Street Campus


Enhance your talent with performance skills and embark on a career in the music industry.

Built mainly around the study and performance of contemporary rock and pop, this programme is designed to assist you to perform with confidence and find your place in the New Zealand music landscape. It covers music fundamentals, playing in a band, writing songs and recording, plus the study of the emergence of the contemporary music industry globally and in New Zealand. It is available both full-time and part-time.

Career opportunities

Many of our graduates enjoy rewarding full-time careers as self-employed musicians, working in a host of venues, schools, theatre and at corporate functions.

Study pathways

This programme is an ideal preparation for the Bachelor of Music Arts, particularly if you don't have the equivalent of University Entrance academic qualifications to achieve that goal.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete 120 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.

    If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Alternative requirements
  • Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

    If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

    Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
  • In addition you must attend an audition to assess:

    • instrumental or vocal skills and ability,
    • aural skills,
    • basic musical theory skills,
    • ability and potential to study music.
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Selection criteria

A selection process will take place for this programme. This will be based on application information including the ability to play a musical instrument and/or sing competently and perform in front of others.

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete:

  • An Admission and Enrolment 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

  • An application to audition form

Application documents

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.