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New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design Level 4

Level 4

Extend your talent with UCOL’s NZ Certificate in Arts & Design, level 4. This inspiring hands-on programme is an excellent foundation to prepare you for further study in arts, graphic design or textile and fashion.

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui

Duration: Half a year.

Palmerston North
24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

This is a hands on, studio-based programme which allows you to explore & expand your skills in a range of visual arts, fashion/textiles and digital design mediums. 

The NZ Certificate in Arts and Design, level 4 aims to provide a solid grounding in a range of design and arts media as well as art and design history. It is an excellent stair-casing programme for entry into Diploma and Degree level art and design qualifications.

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Prepares graduates for entry level positions within the arts and/or creative industries or higher level study within art/craft/design disciplines 
  • Provides students with a strong understanding of the cultural sector of Aotearoa New Zealand to enhance the creative industries.
  • Enables students to produce work through applying creative processes in a studio-based environment that reflects professional practices and conventions within arts/craft and design contexts.

Industry Connections

  • The Whanganui School of Design (WSD) is a Corporate Member of the Designers Institute of NZ (DINZ) #
  • Whanganui School of Design students and graduates have taken out top prizes in the DINZ BEST Awards many times over the years. 
  • Whanganui School of Design has an impressive range of Industry stakeholders in the fields of Fine Arts, Fashion and Graphic Design 

Learning Facilities

Fully equipped Art and Design Home Room, specialist Mac Design Labs, printmaking facilities, Fashion and textiles studio, photography and lighting studio, wood and metal working workshop.

Domestic Entry Requirements

Please enquire.

International Entry Requirements

English Language Proficiency

International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.


Advice & Guidance

Applicants for the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) may be required to attend a conversation with UCOL staff. The purpose of the conversation is to provide information to the applicant, to gauge motivation and support, and preparedness for study, and to inform teaching staff of the needs of the student. 

The New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) can be studied full-time or part-time, and may require students to engage with evening classes and activities. 

From time to time study may include field trips of one or more days in length, and in those instances there may be additional costs incurred by the student. In these instances students will be informed of the schedule and associated costs well ahead of time and the programme lecturers will endeavour to ensure the costs and arrangements are appropriate.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in professional studio environments. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

The availability of specific elective courses may be subject to the campus and the number of students enrolling in courses.

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design Level 4 supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Certificate in Art and Design

Course Information

Compulsory courses:
  • Art/Design History
  • Creative Methodology
Elective Courses - Students must choose Two Elective Courses**
  • Visual Arts Studio
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Digital Media
** Available elective courses may vary between campuses. 


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.