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Diploma in Visual Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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Entry requirements

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.

Application Due Date

Mid-February 2020. Late applications will be considered if space is available.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.


Studying courses in the Diploma in Visual Arts can be a good way to develop your portfolio for entry to the Bachelor of Design (Hons) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons).

If you are accepted into the design or fine arts programmes after having completed the Diploma in Visual Arts you can credit or transfer courses you have already completed in the certificate to the degree programme.

Planning your programme

The Diploma in Visual Arts is an open entry programme consisting of 120 credits (8 courses) at 100-level from the programme schedule and/or approved courses from the schedules for the Bachelor of Design (Hons) or Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons). Students may include up to 15 credits of courses from the schedule of another degree.

For more information or planning advice please discuss with an Academic Adviser.


To view the schedule of courses for this programme please check the regulations.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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