Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice.xml Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice

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Post Grad Dip in Creative Practice

Postgraduate DiplomaFull time - 1 year

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Christchurch - Madras Street

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About this programme

Take your professional creative career to a new level.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice has been designed for musicians, dramatists, performing and visual artists, designers, film makers, writers, directors and other professional creatives who wish to take their first foray into postgraduate study.

It will enable you to advance your creative practice and develop knowledge and specialist skills, beyond those gained through your undergraduate degree.

As a student of this programme you'll have the opportunity to use reflection on creative and critical theory to initiate and develop an area of interest into a supervised research project within a domain of practice.

You'll also develop and apply advanced knowledge of theories and worldviews, including Te Ao Māori, in relation to a domain of research and creative practice.

Career opportunities

The creative careers supported by this qualifications can lead to rewarding work in the fields of visual art, design, film making and animation, photography, fashion, broadcast media, music production, music performance and theatre, among others.

Study pathways

Further study options include the Master of Creative Practice at Ara, a Master in Arts or Fine Arts, or a teacher education qualification.

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Programme structure

To complete this Postgraduate Diploma 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
  • A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area.

Alternative requirements
  • Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry requirements, but who can demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge acquired through appropriate work or professional experience, may be approved for alternative entry.

Additional requirements
  • Applicants are required to undertake course advisement with an Ara staff member and complete a for postgraduate study application form (refer Appendix 2.8).

English requirements
  • If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
    Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact Ara for an assessment.
    • IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in any subtest).
    IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme complete:

  • An Admission and Enrolment form
  • If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes:
  • Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning

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.