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Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice

Are you passionate about creative arts, design or cultural expression? Would your portfolio benefit from completing an independent or collaborative creative arts or design project? The Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice offers a highly flexible studio or project based programme of study taught by experts in the creative industries. 

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Six months full-time or one year part-time

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice enables artists, designers, photographers, actors, dancers, choreographers, directors, producers and other creative practitioners to advance their professional careers through a one-semester course of study. Students undertake creative project and negotiated studies courses over the semester under the supervision of an expert in the field, pursuing a practice-based programme of learning tailored to individual interests and backgrounds, whether in traditional (graphic design, industrial design, publication design, photography, animation, visual arts, dance, acting, performance) or hybrid domains (service design, experience design, design for social innovation, performance or production design, transmedia, interdisciplinary practice). 


  • Create a body of new work, improve your job opportunities, and refresh or re-orient your profession.
  • Develop creative thinking and research skills through applied practice.
  • Improve your communication and project proposal skills through studio/project critiques and written components. 
  • Learn from supervisors that include notable artists, designers, and educators. 
  • Enhance your creative portfolio with a small independent or collaborative project.

Meet our Postgraduate Supervisors

  • William Bardebes, Lecturer (Graphic Design, Motion Graphic Design, Animation)
  • Dr. Cris de Groot, Senior Lecturer (Product Design, Industrial Design, Business Focussed Design, Creativity, Creative Entrepreneurship)
  • Richard Fahey, Senior Lecturer (Painting, Visual Art, Ceramics, NZ Craft, Curating, Visual Art Education)
  • Gina Ferguson, Senior Lecturer (Sculpture, Craft, Installation Art, Public Art)
  • Samuel Holloway, Senior Lecturer (Experimental Sound/Music, Contemporary Art, Music Composition and Theory, Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Practice)
  • Dr. Bobby Hung, Senior Lecturer (Street Art, Graffiti, Public Art, Visual Art, Visual Culture, Education)
  • Pedro Ilgenfritz, Senior Lecturer (Theatre, Performance, Mask, Physical Theatre, Improvisation, Dramaturgy)
  • Allan McDonald, Lecturer (Photography)
  • Claire O’Neil, Lecturer (Choreography, Improvisation, Contemporary Dance)
  • Emma Smith, Senior Lecturer (Painting, Visual Art, Contemporary Art)
  • Dr. Leon Tan, Associate Professor (Public Art, Participatory Art, Visual Art, Visual Culture, Participatory Design, Interdisciplinary Practice)
  • Jonty Valentine, Lecturer (Graphic Design, Publication Design, Contemporary Art)
  • Dan Wagner, Senior Lecturer (Screen Art, Screen Education, Cinematography)
  • Paul Woodruffe, Senior Lecturer (Visual Art, Public Art, Design for Social Innovation)
  • Dr. Becca Wood, Senior Lecturer (Choreography, Social Choreography, Somatic Practice, Participatory Performance, Site-Based Performance, Interdisciplinary Practice)

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Admission requirements

To be admitted to this programme all applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme’s commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol and meet the following::

General Admission:

  • A recognized Bachelor’s degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; or
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognized as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

Special Admission:

  • Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the programme is to commence; and
  • Provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

English Language Requirements

  • 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
  • If English is not your first language, you’ll need one or more of the following:
    • Achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
    • Provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
    • Achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2022; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Creative Practice Project (ICIB8005) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) To critically analyse creative practice as both a process and an outcome. This course allows participants to devise and conduct a small creative practice based research project that demonstrates intellectual independence and analytical rigour within a framework of information and principles related to contemporary creative industry practice. This course is designed to enable participants to explore their creativity in a practice based learning environment.
Comparative Critical Reading (ICIB8071) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To analyse critical and theoretical dimensions, key principles and approaches for a specialist area of creative arts practice through the comparative critical reading of selected texts (written word, oral presentations, creative works and researched essays, etc.). This course is designed to challenge existing ideas about creative practice by surveying the landscape of contemporary theory and to enable the positioning of those ideas into the students personal frame of practice.
Research in the Creative Industries (ICIB8072) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide both a documentation and record of understanding of research methodological practice for collaborative creative arts practice, which incorporates a demonstrated understanding of the theories and methodologies of key practitioners/theorists associated with a specialist study area. This course is designed to enable students with a methodological foundation with which to design, implement, and analyse research projects in a variety of contexts.
Negotiated Study (ICIB8906) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable a student to pursue an individualised course of study of particular interest, and which is empathetic with the aims of the programme and will contribute to the graduate profile. The course content may comprise of an agreed selection of the Workshops, Seminars and Masterclasses offered as part of the Specialist Electives for this programme, or may contain other negotiated outcomes.