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New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

STARTS: July 2024
Madras Street
International Close Date: Please enquire

Gain foundational hands-on experience for employment or further studies in the creative industries.

This programme provides an introduction to creative thinking. It will prepare you for further tertiary study and give you transferable skills necessary across many industries.

You'll be given opportunities to develop strategies in problem solving, idea generation and visual and oral communication. You'll also be introduced to a variety of creative media and tools to explore solutions to real-world problems.

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$3,384 - $3,813 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024

10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

A selection process will occur based on application information.

  • Where applications exceed places available, you may be waitlisted. The waitlist order will be based on the selection criteria above.

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

This programme is intended as a pathway to higher level study.

Study pathways

This qualification provides a pathway to higher level diploma or degree-level study in creative subjects.

Recommended school subjects

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • English

New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

FULL-TIME - 19 Weeks

Gain foundational hands-on experience for employment or further studies in the creative industries.

Type Certificate
Code NZ2869
Next Starts July 2024
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 60
Level 4
Additional Equipment/Fees Advised before enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2869-STRU

Fees for 2024

Domestic Fee
$3,384 - $3,813 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2024
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NZ Certificate in Creativity - July 2024 - Christchurch
Start date: 22 July 2024

With an internationally-recognised Ara qualification, the world is your oyster. Our graduates can be found working and making a difference across the globe…


Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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