Diploma in Arts

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

You can study degree-level courses from a wide range of subjects – from event management and social sciences to Japanese and 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 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:

  • Chinese
  • Communication design2
  • Communication studies4
  • Creative writing
  • Culinary arts3
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English and new media studies
  • Event management
  • History
  • Hospitality
  • International studies
  • Japanese
  • Māori development
  • New Zealand Sign Language and Deaf Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social sciences
  • Spanish
  • Tourism

1. Students who have narrowly missed UE will be enrolled in a prescribed full-year programme of study. Subject choice at the South Campus is limited.
2. Communication design courses: Only offered at the AUT South Campus.
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 that doesn’t compromise any health and safety standards for yourself and others. Skills needed for culinary arts courses
4. Communication studies: only the full-year intake is available.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK2001
Level:
5
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Part-time not available to students who have narrowly missed UE.
Campus:
City Campus
South Campus *
Starts:
12 Jul 2021
28 Feb 2022
18 Jul 2022
*Students in communication studies, and the Communication Design major in art and design, can normally only start in Semester 1. Semester 2 start is only available for students with UE.
Fees:
Domestic
$6,785
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2021. The exact fees will depend on courses selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2021, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • Check if you're eligible for fees-free study
International
$30,092
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2021. The exact fees will depend on courses selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for beyond 2021, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • 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.

Scholarships at AUT

* South Campus only has a February intake

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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