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The goal of level 5 is to acquire a range of skills in creativity, including the ability to expand original ideas in a range of conventions and media/material. to provide an understanding of creative process and practice. You will focus on your areas of interest and by working with your core drivers to expand transferable and transportable skills in creativity.

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 Diploma programme is 1 year full-time (equivalent 35 hours per week), or two years part-time (equivalent 17.5 hours per week).


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

Creativity; Thinking for a Change (CTFAC)

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

Creative Application (Across all courses)

Develop a body of artwork from selected ideas (briefs) with a range of process and experimental work to illustrate relevant exploration

To complete the New Zealand Diploma level 5 in Creativity you need to meet all of the conditions listed below.

  • Investigation of progression of creative ideas
  • Risk taking
  • Critical judgement
  • Identification of transferable patterns and new application
  • Self-assessment and peer feedback to evolve work
  • A record that Illustrates evolution of work
  • Application of outcomes across fields
  • Collaboration with others in shaping creative work
  • Presentation of creative outcomes for peer and public feedback
  • Understanding and testing of relevant marketing and promotional skills
  • Engagement with appropriate social, business or research contexts
  • Consideration of viability and sustainability

The following qualification outcomes need to be met also. 

  • Identify patterns of creativity that cross disciplines and cultures to create new understanding

  • Synthesise creative concepts/elements, experiment and test their viability    

View the Assessment Standards

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

  • Visual diary entries
  • Workbooks/visual diaries 
  • Reports 
  • Record of discussion 
  • An event
  • Exhibitions
  • Creative projects (research developments and outcomes) 
  • Digital media 
  • Attestation, explanation 
  • Evidence of perseverance/time management/meeting deadlines
  • Meeting notes
  • Evidence of negotiations and agreements
  • Moving or still images 
  • Experiments/work trials/samples
  • Technique
  • Resume 
  • Catalogue
  • Showreel
  • Mood boards
  • Performance

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