Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Subject area

Creative Arts

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area.
Alternative Requirements
Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry requirements, but who can
demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge acquired through appropriate work or professional
experience, may be approved for alternative entry.

Additional Requirements
Applicants are required to undertake course advisement with an Ara staff member and complete a
for postgraduate study application form (refer Appendix 2.8).

English Requirements
If English is not the applicant's first language, applicants will need to provide a result from a test or
qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or
permanent resident, may contact Ara for an assessment.
IELTS 6.5 Academic (no lower than 6.0 in any subtest).

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.
Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to
provide evidence of English language skills.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice is to develop and apply advanced
knowledge of theories and worldviews, including Te Ao Māori, related to a domain of research and
creative practice.
The programme aims to prepare students for independent practice-based research knowledge
within a domain of practice, that extends the skills developed by a student's undergraduate study
or acquired through professional practice.
This programme is intended for graduates from Ara or other institutions and current practitioners
with a track record of independent creative practice outside of tertiary study. These may include
musicians, dramatists, performing and visual artists, designers, film makers, writers, directors or
any others engaged in creative pursuits.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Creative Arts at this level can earn:


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Status one year after study

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Data as at November 2022

Contact details

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