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Full-time, Part-time


1 year full-time (part-time option available)


Level 5

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

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to further develop their practical and conceptual skills and knowledge in arts, crafts and/or design.

The creative industries and cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand will benefit from graduates who can use research to inform, critique and present resolved work in simulated contexts.

Graduates will be able to independently select and apply a range of processes in arts, craft and/or design contexts.

Your Future Career Opportunities

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Painter
  • Printmaker
  • Sculptor
  • Illustrator
  • Spatial/interior design intern
  • Furniture designer intern
  • Graphic designer intern
  • Web designer intern
  • Arts administrator
  • Gallery or museum curator intern


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

Graduates of this Qualification will be able to: 

  • Produce practice-based creative works from a critically engaged personal standpoint informed by contemporary and historic contexts
  • Apply broad knowledge, and practical and conceptual skills in the production of arts, craft and/or design work.
  • Use investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies to develop responses to a brief and solve problems.
  • Use research to support the development of ideas and to inform own work within conventions and contexts in arts, craft and/or design.
  • Critique own work and the work of others, communicate in a range of situations, and present own resolved work in simulated contexts.
  • Apply professional practices to manage projects/briefs within defined guidelines, and select potential education and employment pathways in arts, crafts and/or design.

Subject Areas Include: 

  • Drawing and Illustration Graphic Design: Abode creative suite industry standard software, digital photography, video, 3D rendering, web design
  • Graphic Design: Abode creative suite, digital photography and TypographyFurniture interior, spatial design including CAD
  • Print: woodblock, silkscreen, photo-silkscreen, etching and intron press
  • Paint: acrylics, oils, new mediaSpatial design & product design
  • 3D Design/ Sculpture: wood, clay, metal, plastics
  • Research by creative practice

Throughout the delivery of the diploma , students will learn through engaging in projects. This project based learning (PBL) approach places the student at the centre of the learning experience, and allows for the embedding of theory and practice within the project context.

By weaving their way through the various projects that form this degree, students will learn the key skills, techniques, and theory needed to become professional visual artists and designers. Some projects are individually focused, others are collaborative, some are prescribed, others demand self-directed learning – and all projects are situated within the context of the local, national and global visual arts and design world.


There are seven projects at Level 5. All seven projects are core to the degree. These projects are largely prescribed, involve both individual and group learning, and include the key foundational creative skills, techniques and theory required at degree level.


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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.