Course details

NZ Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)
NZQF Level 5

About the course

Develop your career in the creative industries

Through engaging in a series of real world and in-house projects, utilising various creative disciplines including paint, sculpture, print, photography, graphic design and 3D design, you will obtain the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to think creatively and develop a career as a practicing creative.

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

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Your future career and study opportunities

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

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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Hawke’s Bay Campus

About the provider

The Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) offers you over 160 qualifications from certificate and diploma, to degree and postgraduate level at campuses in Hawke's Bay, Tairāwhiti (Gisborne) and Auckland. Or learn at one of our Regional Learning Centres situated in Hastings, Maraenui, Ruatoria, Waipukurau and Wairoa. EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with superb architecture and shaded outdoor areas for study on warm days. EIT Tairāwhiti two campuses are located in the heart of Gisborne, near the Taruheru River, and you can get more central than EIT Auckland location on Queen Street! When you choose to study at EIT you'll get the kind of experiences that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to get ahead, whether you want to break into your chosen career or change direction in life.