New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

Begin to build the skills and degree-level portfolio you need to apply for our Bachelor of Visual Arts or Bachelor of Design (Product), or to prepare for junior level roles in the creative industries. This programme is a great option for learners who complete the six-month New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) which begins in February and wish to pursue further creative study in art and design starting in July.

About the programme

Begin to build the skills and degree-level portfolio you need to apply for our Bachelor of Visual Arts or Bachelor of Design (Product), or to prepare for junior level roles in the creative industries.

Across a series of hands-on projects, you’ll build your creative skills and identify your strengths and the areas that you most enjoy. Courses will include jewellery, textiles, and product design any you’ll enjoy working in our purpose-built studios.

Whilst this programme can be used as a pathway into our other design degrees, the preferred pathway for the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) is the New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4), and for the Bachelor of Design (Communication), it’s the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4).

This programme is a great option for learners who complete the six-month New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) which begins in February and wish to pursue further creative study in art and design starting in July.

Courses 

1. Pathways in Creative Thinking (15 credits)

Explore new ways of thinking, visualising and communicating.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply creative thinking strategies to develop and generate original ideas.
  • Gather information, document and communicate a range of creative outcomes.
  • Investigate a variety of media to support a broad range of creative processes.
  • Develop and apply ideas.

Assessment type for this course:

  • Workbook (70%)
  • Portfolio (30%)

2. Creative Innovations Investigation (15 credits)

Investigate and analyse the influence of creative thinkers.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Investigate and present examples of creative movements, trends or key people who have changed history.
  • Apply findings from investigations and use creative strategies to inform personal practice.
  • Prepare and present information to peers.

Assessment type for this course:

  • Workbook (40%)
  • Written presentation (40%)
  • Class presentation (20%)

3. Apply Creative Practice (15 credits)

Develop personal approaches to creativity and explore methods of presentation.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply creative processes and pathways in personal projects.
  • Investigate areas of personal interest and create personal styles and motifs.
  • Explore inventive uses of media to communicate creative outcomes.
  • Edit, present and communicate final ideas.

Assessment type for this course:

  • Workbook (50%)
  • Presentation (50%)

4. Group Project-Creative Solutions (15 credits)

Collaborate with group members to examine the role of creativity to change or improve outcomes.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Investigate real world problems and examine creative solutions/opportunities.
  • Collaborate with others to research and develop innovative solutions which challenge conventions.
  • Present creative processes and solutions to solve real world problems.
  • Assess own and peer ideas and provide constructive feedback.

Assessment type for this course:

  • Portfolio (40%)
  • Presentation (50%)
  • Self and peer assessment (10%)