Programme overview

This programme is open soon for applications, pending NZQA approval.

This programme is ideal if you want to go on to higher-level study in art and design. It's perfect for people that have completed secondary school, or have not completed secondary school and require University entrance qualifications, or those looking for a career in the art and design pathway. This Certificate starts with a base in Identity and Communication, and builds with art and design knowledge as well as collaborative project.

This program replaces the previous programme: Certificate in Design and Visual Arts (Level 4). 


  • Emphasis on practical skills and studio based learning: you will be creating your art and design in a studio environment and participate in group critiques with your fellow students. 
  • Lecturers who are eager to share their industry experience with you.
  • Access to Unitec's excellent communication studies and design facilities.
  • A mix of classroom sessions, practical workshops, critique sessions, guest speakers discussions, presentations and online learning.
  • A chance to take classes in Unitec's on-campus marae, a great setting to explore Maori oratorical traditions and the role of culture in communication.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. A minimum of 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in three different subjects, one subject must be English
  2. A minimum of 4 years secondary education
  3. You may be required to present a portfolio of work or attend an interview or to a Skills Review session at our Mt Albert campus 
  4. Candidates who have English as a second language must have achieved one or more of the following:
    • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
    • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
    • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 2 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

Pending NZQA approval.

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.