Further your previous art or design experience by engaging in independent, cultural and collaborative projects. Enhance your portfolio and skills for the creative workplace or for further and higher education.

Programme outline

The aim of this programme is to build your expertise in the creative technology discipline, developing your creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and communication, for a career in creative technology occupations. 

Graduates will be able to:  
  • Demonstrate advanced technical proficiency, artistry and understanding of creative technologies.
  • Use research and problem-solving skills, critical thinking and imagination when creating and developing innovative ideas, products, processes or presentations.
  • Demonstrate awareness of social and cultural diversity and tikanga Māori,  and respond appropriately in their creative practice.
  • Apply collaborative, entrepreneurial skills to contribute to a creative development project, within the discipline or in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate responsible, professional, ethical and sustainable business practice in community and/or commercial environments.

Opportunities within the creative industries include employment in public organisations, private companies, creative enterprises, portfolio careers, self-employment, roles in funding agencies, teaching and private tutoring (further training required for school teaching).

More detail about this qualification

The following courses are part of the Level 7, PR5013 (Whitireia) / HV4710 (WelTec) Graduate Diploma

Trimester one (or 2 for mid-year entry)

  • CR7004 Major Projects (compulsory), 60 credits, 34 weeks
  • CR7002 Contexts and Practice (compulsory), 15 credits, 17 weeks
  • Applied Technologies 

Trimester two (or 1 for mid-year entry)
  • CR7004 Major Projects begins/continues (compulsory), 60 credits, 17 weeks
  • CR7001 Creative Enterprise (compulsory), 15 credits, 17 weeks
  • DM7010 Image Making 5, 15 credits, 17 weeks
  • Or, choose an elective, 15 credits, 17 weeks

Entry requirements


Bachelor degree in a creative discipline OR Ability to demonstrate equivalent practical experience, professional or educational experience appropriate to the Graduate Diploma’s major discipline. 

If a prior degree was in a different creative discipline from the major offered in the Graduate Diploma, evidence of ability based on portfolio and/or interview is required. 

Portfolio evidence and/or interview is also required to demonstrate equivalent practical experience, professional or educational experience.


IELTS 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent) and academic requirements.

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*International fees shown here do not include insurance and administration (currently approximately $780 per year of study)