FREE | NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3)

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17 weeks


Level 3

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Start your career in the creative industries

This project-based programme is ideal for school leavers or adults who would like an introduction to a range of skills and knowledge in the creative arts.

Develop your creative skills and techniques through a series of projects in art, design, digital production and fashion. In semester two you can go on to the Level 4 certificate in Arts and Design (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti) or the Level 4 certificate in Communication Media (Tairāwhiti).


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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, digital production and fashion 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
  • Printmaking
  • Clay / small object design
  • Portfolio development

Your future career and study opportunities

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 most inspiring industry.



There is one entry date per year:

  • February


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 5.0), completion of accepted international equivalents, or completion of an EIT | Te Pūkenga assessment.

Academic learning services

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

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

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Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairāwhiti Campus


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