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Level 6

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Develop your creative career

Build on your skills and knowledge from the Level 5 diplomas, through engaging in a series of real-life and in-house projects. You can explore various creative disciplines including design, fashion, music, screen production and visual arts.

This diploma teaches the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to think innovatively and develop a career as a creative practitioner in your chosen discipline.

With your diploma completed successfully you can continue on to the final year of the Bachelor of Creative Practice.

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Your future career and study opportunities

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

  • Arts / Fashion / Music / Screen administration / industry entry level position
  • Graphic designer entry level position
  • Furniture design entry level position
  • Gallery or museum curation entry level position
  • Illustrator, Painter, Sculptor, Printmaker
  • Spatial / interior design intern
  • Web designer
  • Fashion designer
  • Musician, Composer, Performer
  • Screen, Film, TV production

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


Throughout the delivery of the diploma, you will learn through engaging in projects. This project-based learning (PBL) approach 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.

You will complete five projects at Level 6. There is an opportunity in the second semester for you to choose between two options: individually working towards an external outcome (such as a competition) or a group project with an external client.

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

  • Apply specialised skills and theoretical knowledge in the production of work in a selected area of art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Use investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies to synthesise ideas and solve problems in a selected area of art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Critically analyse research findings to support the development of ideas and to position own work within conventions and contexts in art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Demonstrate leadership and professional practice to manage projects/briefs and prepare for selected career pathways in art, design, music, fashion and screen production.
  • Critically evaluate work, communicate to a range of audiences, and present own resolved work in a real-world context.

Subject areas include:

  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Screen production
  • Visual arts


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

Entry with credit

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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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.