Courses & Programmes


Check out programmes on offer at Whitireia by searching by Area of Interest, Career options or by Faculty.


  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Performing Arts)

    Students develop an extensive knowledge of dance genres and artistic endeavour in Māori, Samoa, Cook Island and New Zealand contemporary dance. Third year students create a major body of work. LEVEL 7

  • National Diploma in Journalism (Multi-media) (Level 5)

    Build your skills in research, interviewing, writing, photography and video storytelling. Use your smartphone to be a mobile journalist. Graduates can get jobs in newspapers, web, TV, mobile, social media, as videographers and in PR/communications.

  • Diploma in Stage and Screen Arts

    If you're interested in performing in theatre, television or film, this course will help you gain the skills required, including acting and movement. This intense, high-energy course requires dedication and commitment. LEVEL 6

  • Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance)

    This unique and vibrant programme prepares you for the commercial dance sector. The emphasis is on technical skills and performance experience. [Offered by Whitireia New Zealand Limited] LEVEL 6

  • Diploma in Performing Arts (Singing)

    This programme offers training in singing, acting and dancing and prepares graduates for the musical theatre industry. [Offered by Whitireia New Zealand Limited] LEVEL 6

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Music)

    Play an instrument as a soloist and part of a band. Study composition, recording and production. Create a professional body of work in year three. LEVEL 7

  • Certificate in Rock, Jazz and Commercial Music

    Become a practical musician by developing your musical skills and your understanding of the industry. Graduates enhance their chance of entry into the music degree. LEVEL 4

  • Certificate in Live Sound and Event Production

    Learn skills in live sound engineering, lighting, set construction and event management to become a stage technician, AV operator, sound engineer, crew for live music or stage productions. LEVEL 4

  • Certificate in DJ Music

    For newcomers and experienced DJs wanting to become professional, this programme includes DJ performance, turntable skills, the art of mixing and the history of DJ, music production and industry studies. LEVEL 4

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)

    Become a confident and competent early childhood teacher with a good understanding of our social context in New Zealand. This programme includes three social/cultural perspectives: Māori, Pacific and general. LEVEL 7

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education

    This qualification has been designed for the international market. It will provide a sound background in early childhood education and enable you to gain employment in your home country. LEVEL 5

  • Adobe Creative Suite

    Part-time options for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver/web available on the Certificate in Desktop Publishing for Print and the Web programme at the Porirua campus.

  • Diploma in Radio Journalism

    Learn voice and audio skills to go with research, interviewing, writing, photography and video storytelling. Graduates can get jobs in radio, TV, podcasting, web, mobile, social media and newspapers, as videographers and in PR/communications. LEVEL 5

  • Diploma in Creative Writing [delivered on-campus]

    If you're serious about writing, this programme will help you develop your skills in various kinds of writing, including short fiction, non-fiction, scriptwriting, poetry and writing for children. LEVEL 5

  • Certificate in Multimedia Journalism

    Learn how to research, interview, write news stories for the web, print and radio, shoot news video and take news photos in this introductory journalism programme. LEVEL 4

  • National Certificate in Radio (Foundation Skills)

    ​Enter the high energy world of radio and discover the many dynamic areas of commercial broadcasting. LEVEL 3

  • Certificate in Introduction to Film and Television Production

    Learn to be a film maker at The Film School. Learn by doing, through a combination of hands-on experience and visiting tutors who are experts in their field. LEVEL 5

  • Graduate Certificate in Editing

    The Graduate Certificate in Editing is a wide-ranging introduction to professional editing and proofreading.

  • Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) [Specialisation in Circus]

    This unique programme offers circus skills alongside the discipline of dance and performance. New Zealand’s only full time accredited training in contemporary circus, dance and performance. LEVEL 6

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Toi Poutama)

    Engage in the traditional Māori arts of raranga or whakairo. [Partnership delivery through Te Wānanga Māori and the Faculty of Arts] LEVEL 7

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Arts Management)

    Research the business practice, and legal and ethical requirements involved in arts management. LEVEL 7

  • New Zealand Diploma in Ngā Toi (Whakairo/Ngā Mahi ā te Whare Pora) (Level 5)

    Broaden your knowledge in one of the following fields of Ngā Toi – Whakairo, Ngā mahi ā te Whare Pora, Toi Ataata, Mau Rākau, or Māori Performing Arts. LEVEL 5

  • New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

    Develop a sound base of creative skills and knowledge and prepare for entry level work in the creative sector and for further study at Level 5 and above in the field of creativity.

  • New Zealand Certificate in Make-up and Skin Care (Introduction) (Level 3)

    Learn about beauty from skin care and maintenance through to classic and trending make-up looks. This programme offers an excellent opportunity to start your journey within the makeup and beauty industry. LEVEL 3

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Design)

    Gain professional skills in paint, print making, jewellery, textiles, sculpture, carving, photography, graphic design, animation and other art forms. Create a major body of work in your final year. LEVEL 7

  • Diploma in Creative Writing [delivered online]

    Pursue your passion for writing from home. Extend the range of your skills through writing fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction and writing for children. Develop the versatility of the freelance writer. Available part-time or full-time. LEVEL 5

  • Diploma in Jewellery Design

    Focus on design process and techniques of jewellery making in this programme. Develop your ideas about body adornment. LEVEL 5

  • Graduate Diploma in Publishing (Applied)

    Get qualified for a career in digital and print publishing with this popular and highly regarded programme. Skills gained include editing, marketing, layout, production and project management. LEVEL 7

  • Diploma in Creative Writing (Advanced)

    Undertake specialised study and practice in the craft of writing a novel, screenplay, short fiction, poetry or non-fiction work. You will have tutor and mentoring support to produce a first draft manuscript. LEVEL 6

  • Diploma in Digital Design

    Learn about publication design, digital photography, illustration, package design, motion graphics, 3D modelling and animation! Get a solid foundation in drawing and design process. LEVEL 5

  • Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing

    Experienced writers are supported towards developing a book or manuscript through individual mentoring from well-known professionals. Your work may be script, poetry, fiction or non-fiction. LEVEL 7

  • Editing Masterclass

    Learn from established book editors and receive individual feedback and peer support through workshops, forums and online course material. This course improves skills and expands opportunities for experienced editors already working in publishing.

  • Certificate in Foundation Music

    Have a go at taking music seriously on this introductory course which includes performance skills, playing with a band, professional studies and musical theory. LEVEL 3

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Creative Writing)

    If you're serious about writing, this programme will help you develop your skills in various kinds of writing; including short fiction, non-fiction, script-writing and poetry. LEVEL 7

  • Diploma in Digital Design and Multimedia

    Develop your abilities in design to produce a professional portfolio specialising in print, web or motion. Publication design, digital illustration, branding and identity, web interactive design and 3D modelling animation, graphic design options. LEVEL 6

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Arts

    Undertake specialised study and practice that extends your prior degree work, or explore a new direction of activity or different media through project work. LEVEL 7

  • New Zealand Certificate in Foundation Skills (Level 1)

    Gain basic computing, communication and personal skills along with enhanced literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Arts

    Undertake specialised study and practice that extends your prior degree work, or explore a new direction of activity or different media. A major project is involved to develop a body of work. Level 7

  • New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)

    Develop knowledge and skills for a career in photography. Gain a good understanding of the techniques of image production in a range of genres, and develop your creativity. [Offered in partnership with The Photo School]. LEVEL 5

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