Diploma in Applied Arts (Digital Arts) (Level 6)


Semester 1

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Full time/Part time


2 years full time


Whangarei: February

Semester Dates (2017):20 Feb - 30 Jun
24 Jul - 1 Dec

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,783.97 (Year 1)

Student levy may apply

International: $18,500 (per year)

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Programmes > Applied Arts > Diploma in Applied Arts (Digital Arts) (Level 6)


On this exciting programme, you’ll investigate the historical and current context of art and design and acquire the creative skills, techniques and processes needed to produce quality work in selected media. Subjects include digital graphics for screen, social media, interactive design, web design, sound and moving image, mobile device technology and animation, motion graphics and VFX.

Study pathways

It is possible to pathway to the degree qualification in 3 years. Students who graduate from the Diploma in Applied Arts may apply to have all their papers cross-credited to the Bachelor of Applied Arts degree.

What you will learn

You will learn to:

  • Explore and develop ideas and expression through experimentation with selected media, techniques and visual languages

  • Work through the creative process to produce quality art and design works in your selected field

  • Research the context, content and practice of your specialist field in order to extend your own art and design practice

  • Identify models of excellence in your field

  • Recognise the professional and ethical standards required in your specialist field.

Courses in this programme

A Diploma in Applied Arts (Digital Arts) is awarded when students have achieved 240 credits, including all compulsory courses as listed in the programme structure. At least 72 credits must be at Level 6.

Courses – Year 1 Level Credits
605.51001 - Art in History 5 15
605.51002 - Pacific Studies 5 15
605.51012 - Drawing and the Creative Process 5 15
6605.51017 - Approaches to Drawing 5 15
6605.51078 - Digital Graphics for Screen 5 15
6605.51079 - Social Media in Practice 5 15
6605.51080 - Web Design 5 15
6605.51081 - Interactive Design 5 15

Courses – Year 2 Level Credits
605.62079 - Issues In Contemporary Art and Design

Pre-requisites: 605.51001 - Art in History, 605.51002 - Pacific Studies

6 30
605.62080 - Aotearoa New Zealand Art and Design

Pre-requisites: 605.51001 - Art in History, 605.51002 - Pacific Studies

6 30
6605.62083 - Sound and Moving Image

Pre-requisites: 6605.51081 - Interactive Design

6 15
6605.62084 - Mobile Device Technology

Pre-requisites: 6605.51080 - Web Design

6 15
6605.62085 - Digital Game Development

Pre-requisites: 6605.51081 - Interactive Design

6 15
6605.62086 - Animation, Motion Graphics and VFX

Pre-requisites: 6605.51081 - Interactive Design

6 15

Admission information

Applicants under 20 require:

  • A portfolio

  • A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in each of 2 subjects, one of which must be art or design or art-related, plus

  • 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than 2 additional domains or approved subjects

Applicants aged 20 or over may be required to demonstrate commitment through the portfolio and interview.

Applicants for whom English is not their first language require a minimum IELTS score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5, or NZCEL Level 5 with an endorsement of either Academic or Professional.

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Qualification gained

Diploma in Applied Arts (Digital Arts)

Further study

Bachelor of Applied Arts

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Vania Hamlin

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