If you'd like a taste of design or art then a Diploma in Visual Arts is the way to go. You'll be introduced to the basics of art and design - creative thinking, visual communication, specialist skills and critical awareness - through a flexible programme of study with lots of choice. No portfolio is required, just passion.
The Diploma in Visual Arts is made up of eight courses from the first year of our BFA and BDes programmes. See the 'Planning' tab for more details.
You'll study with art and design degree students in a range of studio and lecture-based courses. These exciting electives cover everything from critical and contextual studies, to social media, painting, and digital fabrication.
Applicants to this programme must have a University Entrance qualification. No portfolio is required.
Ways to get a recognised university entrance qualification include: NCEA, Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate, Admission with Equivalent Status, Discretionary Entrance or Special Admission.