Diploma in Arts

Broaden your worldview with the one-year Diploma in Arts, and gain knowledge and skills in a specific arts-related discipline.

As a Diploma in Arts student you can study degree-level courses from a wide range of subjects – from event management and social sciences to psychology.

When you successfully complete the Diploma in Arts, you can cross-credit your courses and transfer to a relevant bachelor’s degree. This programme is also suitable for students who have narrowly missed UE* and want to continue into the Bachelor of Arts or other bachelor’s degrees.

* 1 year full-time only starting in February. Part-time not available for students who have narrowly missed UE.

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance OR
  • 42 NCEA level 3 credits, including UE literacy and numeracy, with:
    • 10 credits in each of three approved subjects OR
    • 12 credits in each of two approved subjects and 14 credits across two further subjects

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in Writing and a minimum of 5.0 in other bands, or equivalent

English language requirements

You develop interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills while studying courses in a subject or subjects of your choice.

We help you identify what Diploma in Arts courses match your interests and will help you achieve your career goals.

Choose from a range of subjects1

You can study degree courses in the following subject areas as part of the Diploma in Arts:

  • Communication studies2
  • Creative writing
  • Culinary arts3
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Event management
  • Global tourism
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • International studies
  • Māori development
  • Māori media
  • New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences
  • Spanish

1. Students who have narrowly missed UE will be enrolled in a prescribed full-year programme of study in the Diploma in Arts. Subject choice at the South Campus is limited.
2. Communication studies: only the full-year intake is available.
3. Culinary arts courses: The practical side of the culinary arts courses involves using commercial kitchen tools and equipment and requires you to demonstrate a level of skill tha
t doesn’t compromise any health and safety standards for yourself and others. Skills needed for culinary arts courses

Quick facts
Programme code:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Part-time not available to students who have narrowly missed UE.
City Campus
South Campus *
17 Jul 2023
26 Feb 2024
15 Jul 2024
* South Campus only has a February intake
$8,165 (for 120 points)
($7,091 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$32,174 (for 120 points)
($31,100 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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