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This qualification is for people wanting to develop foundation skills in creativity, including the ability to explore ideas in a range of conventions and media/material.

The Certificate in Creativity says YES to who you are. Creativity grows from your trials and experiments, driven by your particular interests and personal strengths. We provide encouragement, teaching and learning support to help you develop your creativity, in a way that fits the real world.

Level 4 is a hands-on, practical programme for those with little or no practical experience and/or those who wish to widen their creative practice and build key skills. The programme is a structured introduction to a wide range of art and creativity ideas and applications. You will complete an introductory section and then develop a range of creativity briefs for the remainder of your programme.

At all levels, the first step in your programme is to state your overarching goal and select subject areas. You select which subjects you would like to focus on in relation to your overarching goal. These choices determine how much of your time will be spent working on particular activities and what your outcomes should be. They will guide the classes you choose to attend and the resources you choose to engage with. You can read more about the supported subject areas, we offer here.

The Certificate programme is 20 weeks full-time (equivalent 34 hours per week), or one year part-time (equivalent 17 hours per week).


Creative Application

  • Develop a body of artwork from selected ideas (briefs) with a range of process and experimental work to illustrate relevant exploration
  • Complete Creativity; Thinking for a Change (on-site class or video resource) 

To complete the New Zealand Certificate in Creativity level 4 you need to meet all of the conditions listed below.

  • Investigation of people, past and present who have made significant creative contributions
  • Exploration and identification of core drivers of personal interest
  • Application of creative processes using media in inventive ways
  • Experimentation with ways of expressing novel ideas
  • Questioning of conventional practice
  • Exploration of ways to communicate ideas
  • A range of approaches in creative problem solving
  • Opportunities for independent responses to suggestions
  • Capacity to review and evolve concepts and ideas
  • Creative processes of other cultures and disciplines
  • Self, time and working space management in engaging with others
  • Potential vocational pathways
  • Consideration of transferable creativity skills in relation to career options
  • Demonstrate application of advancing technical skills.

View the Assesment standards

Assessment evidence may include the following but is not limited to:

  • Entries in visual diary
  • Presentations
  • Responses in the Workroom
  • Practical research
  • Notes on self-enquiry

Creative Process
For more information on the creative process and assessment criteria, you can refer to the Creative Process web page