Study Options

Full-time, Part-time


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


Level 6

Develop your career in the creative industries

This qualification is designed for creatives with broad knowledge and skills in art, design, music, fashion and screen production who wish to specialise in their selected area.

The creative industries and cultural sector in Aotearoa New Zealand will benefit from graduates who can critically analyse research findings, critically evaluate work, and present resolved work in a real-world context.

As a graduate you will be able to independently select and apply a range of processes in a specialised area of art, design, music, fashion and screen production.

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Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Possible jobs and career opportunities can include:

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


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
  • Fine Arts
  • Music
  • Screen Production


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry Requirements

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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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.