New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)
Take your Hard Stone and Jade Carving skills to the next level and boost your employment prospects with Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s higher level carving programme.
About the programme
The NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) builds on the skills students learn in the Level 3 programme, preparing them to turn their passion for art and sculpture into a real career.
In this programme, students take more responsibility for the conceptual and creative processes and applying these to their stone carving skills which will allow to students to undertake more complex technical designs
- may already have some artistic experience, and/or
- may wish to learn a new and unique skill for personal development, and/or
- may wish to gain employment in the hard stone and / or jade carving industry.
What You Study
Graduates will be prepared for entry level positions in industry, or be able to go onto higher level study and further artistic exploration. It is expected that graduates will be able to produce simple regular pieces suitable for commercial production, however further on-job training may be required to meet industry production requirements.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to:
- Apply fundamental, conceptual and research skills in the production of hard stone and jade carving
- Select and apply creative processes using a broad range of diverse techniques to solve problems in response to a given brief
- Manage projects under broad guidance taking into account work practices and the fundamentals of ethics
- Select and prepare work for a simple exhibition
Further study options
Hard Stone and Jade Carving - New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)
Graduates of the Level 4 New Zealand Certificates in Arts and Design will be prepared for entry level positions in industry, or be able to go onto higher level study and further artistic exploration. It is expected that graduates will be able to produce simple regular pieces suitable for commercial production, however further on-job training may be required to meet industry production requirements.
The programme balances classroom-based theory with a range of practical learning contexts to assist students to achieve the New Zealand Certificates in Arts and Design (Level 4).
Graduates of the Level 4 programme will build on the knowledge and skills achieved in the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- NCEA Level 3 credits in English and Maths or
- Having completed the TPP Level 3 programme or equivalent study in the 'Arts' field or appropriate experience in the carving industry.
- Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 or above.
- Special entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme.
Advice to applicants:
- Candidates must possess the physical capacity to engage in the practical carving components of the programme.
- Diagnostic literacy testing may be conducted to identify applicants requiring support. Students identified as requiring support /assistance in coping with tertiary level study will be supported by the polytechnic Student Support Services.
- School leavers wanting to study on the NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) programme would be best to have studied Visual Arts and/or Graphics and Design, as well as English and Maths unit standards at secondary school.
A change for 2023 enrolments
When you apply to study with Tai Poutini Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.
You will be offered a place subject to meeting the entry and selection requirements and the availability of places on the programme. The Polytechnic reserves the right to not accept late applications, i.e., after the programme has started. The Polytechnic reserves the right to cancel, prior to commencement, any programme which does not attract a minimum number of students. The fees shown are indicative only. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change. For further information visit here.