New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

Begin to build the skills and degree-level portfolio you need to apply for our Bachelor of Design (Communication), Bachelor of Design (Fashion), Bachelor of Design (Product) or Bachelor of Visual Arts. A negotiated pathway towards the Bachelor of Architectural Studies may also be possible. This programme will also prepare you for a junior role in a creative workplace.

About the programme

Artists and designers work in lots of different areas and career opportunities in the creative industries are exciting and diverse. 

This programme will give you a taste of what studying art and design is all about.

You'll begin to build the skills and degree-level portfolio you need to apply for the:

A negotiated pathway towards the Bachelor of Architectural Studies may also be possible.

This programme will also prepare you for a junior role in a creative workplace. 

You'll develop your research skills by studying art and design history, learn about creative processes and materials, explore idea development through drawing, illustration/cartoon and sculpture, and create your own art or design project. 

Once you’ve completed this programme, to gain the well-rounded skills that are ideally needed for further art or design study, you can move into:

All of these programmes start in July and in combination with the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) create strong pathways into the above programmes which all start February.

Courses

Four x 15-credit courses
  • Art and Design History: Research skills in relation to contemporary art and design and understanding cultural contexts within NZ and internationally
  • Creative Methodology:  A design-based course focusing on idea generation, technical and creative skills, materials, and processes.
  • Visual Arts Studio: An art-based practical 2D and 3D studio course exploring idea development through drawing, illustration/ cartooning, and sculpture
  • Studio Project:  Students finish the programme, developing their own project with either an art or design focus - this is their choice. They apply skills learned in the preceding courses. This project finishes in an exhibition of work.