Explore your options

Unitec’s creative programmes gives you lots of opportunity to explore and develop visual art practice. You'll experiment in a collaborative environment with group critiques and visiting guest speakers.

Our experienced lecturers will push your creative development and challenge your thinking. And our international artist in residence programme will inspire you with ideas from around the world. You can stay up-to-date with the line-up of national and international artists at our Snowhite Gallery.

You’ll get to show off your own hard work in the campus galleries and at the end-of-year graduate show. With all this dedicated creative practice, it’s no wonder our graduates have won awards and exhibited in private and public galleries around New Zealand.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Certificate in Design and Visual Arts4Full-time for one year or part-time options availableNo longer offered for new enrolments
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design4Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available.This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in art and design in creative industriesFebruary or July pending NZQA approval.
Bachelor of Creative Enterprise7Three years full-time or six years part-timeArtist, Photographer, Graphic designer, Product designer, Motion graphics designer, Digital producerFebruary or July. Summer School also available
Graduate Diploma in Creative Enterprise7One year full-time or two years part-timeAnimator, Artist, Photographer, Game or app designer, Graphic designer, Industrial designer, Interior designer, Brand manager, Online marketerProgramme no longer offered
Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice8Six months full-time or one year part-timeDirector, Experience designer, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Sculptor, Service designer, Visual communicator, Visual artist, This programme provides an ongoing qualification for teachers or trainers of adults, who are already working in this field.February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice8Full-time for one year or part-time for two yearsArtist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artistFebruary or July
Master of Creative Practice9Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three yearsArtist, Art director, Product designer, Graphic designer, Director, Photographer, Experience designer, Producer, Production designer, Sculptor, Visual artist, Performance designer, Service designer, Curator, Actor for theatre, film and television, Choreographer, FilmmakerFebruary or July
Master of Design9Full-time for two years or four years part-timeArtist, Art director, Art/design educator, Art/photography educator, Curator, Graphic designer, Photographer, Product designer, Production designer, Performance designer, Service designer, Visual artist, Visual communicatorThroughout the year


Study visual arts and you’ll have access to stretcher-making facilities, computer labs, and laser and vinyl-cutting services. You can use the fully-equipped wood, metal, glass and ceramics workshops. And then there’s the plastics and mould making rooms, printmaking studio, photographic studios and darkrooms and the spray painting booths. It’s a great opportunity to experiement and develop your craft with a range of tools and techniques.