FREE | NZ Certificate in Arts and Design [Level 3]

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 3

Do you want to start a career in the creative industries?

We are excited to offer this programme in our Wairoa Learning Centre for the first time in August 2022.  The Wairoa Learning Centre programme will focus on art, design, digital production and fashion.

The NZ Certificate in Arts and Design is a project-based programme for school leavers and adults who are interested in an introduction to a range of skills and knowledge in the creative professions.

You will develop your creative skills preparing you for a career in the fields of art, design, screen production, fashion and music.

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This programme has ‘real life’ opportunities with projects in a variety of arts disciplines. It will introduce you to the bigger picture of the creative sector and how it operates both locally in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

As a graduate of this qualification you will be able to:

  • Apply a variety of introductory skills and techniques in art, design, fashion, screen production and music to investigate and produce work.
  • Apply creative processes and techniques to solve problems in response to a brief.
  • Demonstrate introductory work practices in the creative arts and explore potential education and employment pathways.
  • Collaborate with others and reflect on, select and present work.

Subject Areas

  • Painting
  • Introduction to Drawing and Design
  • Textile
  • Digital production (Wairoa only)
  • Film / Video production (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti only)
  • Music creation (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti only)
  • Printmaking
  • Small Object design
  • Graphic Design / Photography
  • Portfolio development

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

You will gain broad introductory knowledge and understanding in a variety of creative contexts.

Successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Arts and Design [Level 3], followed by the NZ Certificate in Arts and Design [Level 4] can lead you to apply for entry into the Diplomas in Arts and Design, Music, Screen Production, Fashion or the Bachelor of Creative Practice. The portfolio content completed during the programme can be used to support an application for further study or look for an entry level job in New Zealand’s fastest growing industry.




There is one entry date remaining at our Tairāwhiti campus:

  • July

There is one entry date at our Wairoa Learning Centre:

  • August

There is one entry date at our Hawke’s Bay campus:

  • February

There are two entry dates at our Tairāwhiti campus:

  • February
  • July

There is one entry date at our Wairoa Learning Centre:

  • August


Entry Requirements

The NZ Certificate in Arts & Design [Level 3] is an open entry programme, which means no formal academic qualifications are required.  You must be aged 16 years and over.

English Language Entry Requirements

All applicants are required to have attained an acceptable level of English language fluency. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study in English, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3), approved scores on IELTS tests (5.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT Hawke’s Bay assessment.


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus