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The Diploma of Art and Creativity (Advanced) builds on the principles explored in the Diploma of Art and Creativity (Honours) and is a stand-alone qualification. Application is open to students who have completed the Honours programme, or equivalent work elsewhere, and entry is by interview and portfolio.

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.

How it works

The programme is divided into 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 the italic writing represents the standard idea which you can adapt, build on or discard 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.

You will be assigned a mentor to work with throughout the modules. The objectives are the main points to be met within the programme. However the concepts presented should be central to articulation and understanding. Consideration should be given to how these concepts relate to your own artistic practice - if they do or do not relate, and how.

The Advanced programme is one year full-time (equivalent 30 hours per week), or two years part-time (equivalent 15 hours per week). Module one and two should take two terms total full time (four terms part-time) and module three the remaining two terms full time (four terms part time).


Below are the elements that you need to do to complete the Diploma of Art and Creativity Programme (Advanced).

Creativity; Thinking for a Change (CTFAC)

If you have received recognition of prior learning (RPL) and have joined TLC at the Advanced level you must also complete the Creativity; Thinking for a Change class. You can do this either on-site or using the video resource on the Getting Started DVD.

Creative Application

Work in response to module related briefs to produce a body of experimental work for critique and discussion, linking the processes of art with the principles and practice of sustainable creativity as it relates back to individual art practice.

You will demonstrate:

  • An understanding of sensory language (this refers to the phenomenology of perception)
  • An awareness of the relationship of practice to written/spoken language
  • Structure, technique and process
  • The development of sensitivity to materials
  • The development of appreciation of non-western cultures
  • A repertoire of strategies for exploring creative methodologies

Technical Skills

Work demonstrates the achievement of skills and knowledge that contribute to the development of a personal art practice including:

  • Analysis and interpretation of works of art in terms of structure, technique, materials and process
  • Developed sensitivity towards materials and processes in your own practice
  • Exploration of technical skills in other media
  • Knowledge acquired through experience of preparing and installing an exhibition of your own work and the associated administrative tasks
  • An awareness of Maori and other non-western art practices
  • A repertoire of strategies for exploring contemporary art
  • An ability to articulate your own art practice and to debate topics and issues in art critically

Studio Practice (100 Credits)

  • Completion of Module 1: Process, Materiality, Horizontality
  • Completion of Module 2: Shifters, Site Specific, The Viewer
  • Preparation work for Module 3: Exhibition

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Elective (20 Credits)

  • Completion of Module 3: Exhibition

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Creative Process

For more information on creative process and assessment criteria you can refer to the Creative Process web page or download the full Student Handbook.