New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

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Extend your artistic talent with the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4).

This inspiring hands-on, studio-based programme will allow you to explore and expand your skills in a range of visual arts and design mediums. You will gain a solid grounding in a range of design and arts media as well as art and design history. It is an excellent staircasing programme for entry into the Bachelor of Applied Arts degree.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental practical, conceptual and research skills in the production of arts, craft and/or design work.

  • Select and apply creative processes, methods and technologies to solve problems in response to a brief.

  • Manage projects/briefs under broad guidance, apply standard work practices, and describe potential education and employment pathways in arts, craft and/or design.

  • Select and present work in context, communicate ideas, and analyse work within conventions and contexts in arts, craft and/or design.

Courses in this programme

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
4888.0001 - Art / Design History 4 15
4888.0002 - Creative Methodology 4 15
Elective Courses – Choose TWO Level Credits
4888.0003 - Visual Arts Studio 4 15
4888.0005 - Graphic Design 4 15
4888.0007 - Digital Media 4 15

Career pathways and opportunities

This qualification can lead to the Bachelor of Applied Arts.

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to fill junior assistant and/or support roles in arts and/or creative industries, such as designers, technicians, machinists, or salespeople. 

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Lisa Clunie - photograph by Maggie Chen
Lisa Clunie

Lisa exhibits her photographs regularly, both nationally and internationally, and works part-time as a photography and drawing tutor at NorthTec




Full time


1 Semester

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $3,661.17

Student levy may apply

International: $9,200.00

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