Programme Entry Requirements

Commitment and the ability to maintain studies are key prerequisites for our qualifications.  Students begin at the Certificate level unless recognition of prior learning is obtained.

Persons under 18 years of age are legally classified as minors and in such cases the enrolment contract must be co-signed by a parent or guardian. Persons under 16 years must meet Ministry of Education criteria.

Submitting a Portfolio for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Direct entry into the Diploma of Art and Creativity (Level 5), Diploma of Art and Creativity (Hons)(Level 6) and Diploma of Art and Creativity (Advanced)(Level 7) requires students to demonstrate relevant experience/qualifications. Students who have not completed the previous programme levels may apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

RPL is a process which enables you to receive credit for skills and knowledge you have gained through study, work or training experiences. This credit may be used to enrol directly into a programme without having completed a lower level one at TLC.

We assess RPL by asking you to submit evidence that you have met the equivalent learning outcomes of a programme. You will need to submit a portfolio of work for viewing by The Learning Connexion. Requirements for portfolios are set out below. Our Admissions staff can advise you on the evidence needed and how to present/submit it.

The emphasis on creativity at The Learning Connexion differs from other art schools – not only do we want to see your work – we want to know about the creative process behind this. In your submission, you will need to evidence attainment of the creative process criteria for the level you wish to skip.

Your portfolio will be assessed by members of the Academic Board. Your application to enrol at The Learning Connexion will not be confirmed until your admission level has been decided and approved by the Academic Board. Keep in mind that the Academic Board can only evaluate what you submit.

The portfolio needs to include: 

  • Evidence of relevant qualifications or prior creative experience;
  • A written statement outlining the level you would like to skip and why;
  • a set number of creative works (or images of works) evidencing the creative requirements of the level you would like recognition of prior learning for.

Please ensure that your portfolio is submitted in a clear and easy to view format, with all photographic/digital images of artwork labelled (dimensions, materials, etc.). Original works should have your name on them.

If you are unclear on any of the details given please contact Admissions


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