NZ Certificate in Arts & Design [Level 3]

Study Options



17 weeks


Level 3

Do You Want to Start a Career in the Creative Industries?

The NZ Certificate in Arts & Design [Level 3] is a project based programme for school leavers and adults who require 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 arts, design, screen production, fashion and music.

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



The programme is based on four projects that will lead to your own unique portfolio that can be used to apply for an entry level job in the creative industry or become the basis for further study.


Set up your e-portfolio, introduction to printmaking and basic textile construction skills


Learn basic woodwork and metalwork skills, and an introduction to design process


Learn basic music loop composition, make a short film and an introduction to adobe suite

Project 4:  SHOWCASE

Extend your skills, and learn how to present your work in a formal portfolio and mini exhibition.

Come in and have a chat about your study options with the staff at our Hawke’s Bay campus. Or, simply give us a call on 0800 22 55 348. And you’re most welcome to visit EIT to view our facilities at any time.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

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

This qualification is primarily intended to provide a pathway to higher education rather than employment, however, graduates may gain experience in voluntary community projects and small businesses in arts, design, screen production, fashion and music. During this programme you will produce a creative portfolio as well as an individual E-portfolio to document your progress that will support your entry to higher levels of study.






There are two entry dates per year:

  • February (Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti)
  • July (Hawke’s Bay only)


Entry Requirements


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.