Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


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


Level 5

Develop your career in the creative industries

This qualification is designed for artists and designers who wish to 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.

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

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Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

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

Continue your study pathway with a Bachelor of Creative Practice followed by an Honours or Masters degree.


The project-based learning approach in the diploma places you at the centre of the learning experience and allows for the embedding of theory and practice within the project context. The aim of project-based learning is to facilitate your development of knowledge, creative skills and research skills by beginning the learning journey on any given topic with questions, problems or provocations to be addressed or resolved.

There are four projects at Level 5. These projects are largely prescribed, involve both individual and group learning and include the key foundational creative skills, techniques and theory.

As a graduate of this qualification you 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 technology
  • Graphic Design: Adobe Creative Suite industry standard software including: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After-effects (dependent on projects)
  • 3D Design / Sculpture: wood, clay, metal, plastics
  • Spatial, object and architectural design
  • Print: silkscreen and press printing
  • Paint: acrylics, oils, new media


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


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.

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.

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