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Programme Requirements

The Diploma of Art and Creativity (Advanced) builds on the principles explored in the Level 4, 5 and 6 creativity programmes and is a stand-alone qualification. Application is open to students who have completed the New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (Level 6), or equivalent work elsewhere. Entry is by interview and portfolio for all students.

Engagement with materials and examination of the processes related to art-making are of primary interest in this programme. The theory is the practice; you learn by doing. The aim is for you to develop new ways of viewing materials, a fresh approach to critiquing art and a deeper understanding of your own practice and how it relates within the broader spectrum of modernist and contemporary art.

The Diploma of Art and Creativity (Advanced) is comprised of studio-based work developed from projects, briefs and independent research. Students demonstrate an understanding of concepts and the meanings they signify in their own work. At the end of the programme all students exhibit their work, demonstrating their creativity and the rigour of their practice.


Completion of three modules:

Module 1: Process, Materiality, Horizontality

Module 2: Shifters, Site-specific, The Viewer

Module 3: Exhibition

Each module has a research project(s) attached. You will need to write your own briefs to show how you will undertake this research project and, once completed, how this relates back to your own art practice. 

On each brief you can use the standard idea that is presented or adapted, build on or discard it in favour of your own description. You will work in conjunction with your mentor so that they can help support you with additional resources to fit what you want to achieve.

Consideration should be given to how the concepts within each module relate to your own artistic practice - if they do or do not relate, and how.

Creativity; Thinking for a Change (CTFAC)

If you have received recognition of prior learning (RPL) and have joined TLC at Diploma level 5 you must also complete the Creativity; Thinking for a Change (CTFAC) class. You can do this either by attending on-site classes or by looking under 'Getting Started' on ORA - our Online Resource Area on this website.