New Zealand Diploma in Arts & Design [Level 5]

Study Options



1 year


Level 5

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(Subject to approval and accreditation)

Develop practical skills across a range of arts and design media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, spatial design and graphic design. Upon completion of the first year, you can apply for entry into the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design.


The first year provides you with a foundation in a range of media and technology skills, so you can make informed choices about media specialities to pursue in-depth the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design.

This programme is designed to:

  • Enable you to study a broad range of conventional, new media and industry-standard computer design technologies
  • Enable you to learn skills, knowledge, processes, attitudes and work habits appropriate to the professional practice of visual arts and design
  • Provide you with the necessary skills and processes to implement creative solutions to 3D space, furniture design and object design

Some of the subject areas you’ll focus on are:

  • Print: woodblock, silkscreen, photo-silkscreen, etching
  • Drawing and design
  • Computer graphics: industry-standard graphics software, digital photography, video, web design
  • 3D design: wood, clay, metal, plastics
  • Sculpture and installation
  • Painting: acrylics, oils, new media
  • Moving image
  • Design: furniture, interior, spatial
  • Art and design history/theory

Please feel free to make an appointment to discuss your study options. You can meet with our staff in person 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 & Outcomes

When you’ve graduated with this diploma you’ll have a broad knowledge-base coupled with the specialist skills today’s employers are looking for. The Diploma in  Arts and Design will lead to opportunities in many areas of the art and design industries such as:

  • Spatial or interior designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • CAD designer
  • Arts manager or administrator
  • Film set designer
  • Illustrator
  • Painter
  • Sculptor


There is one entry date per year:

  • February


Entry requirements

International entry requirements