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New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design

Level 5

UCOL’s NZ Diploma in Arts and Design is suited to people wanting to find their creative voice by selecting one of the following areas of study;

  • A photograph of glass art by Lewis Batchelar.A photograph of glass art by Lewis Batchelar.
  • Grit on the surface of a glass cupGrit on the surface of a glass cup
  • Polishing glass on the belt sanderPolishing glass on the belt sander
  • White glass being shapedWhite glass being shaped
  • Steaming glassSteaming glass
  • Shaping glassShaping glass
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Whanganui

Duration: 1  year fulltime, part time options also available.

Dates:
17 Feb 2020 - 27 Nov 2020
20 Jul 2020 - 26 Jun 2021

Domestic Fees: *
$7,565.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$21,500.00

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

 

Glass Arts – Hot and kiln-based glass
Visual Arts – 3D sculpture and painting
Design Media – Graphic design, 3D, animation, and publication design
Textiles/Fashion Design – Design, pattern drafting, and construction

The programme will introduce you to a range of materials and methods, and enable you to develop your research skills to create unique solutions.

Develop your proficiency in the language of art and design as you are introduced to a wide range of skills and practices. The compulsory courses cover drawing, art/design history, and putting your skills into practice to meet a brief. These are designed to extend your chosen elective practice.
 
Learn from our creative and successful team of lecturers, who design and exhibit nationally and internationally. UCOL also has unique collaborative partnerships within its community to add to your learning experience.

Here are some snapshots of the class of 2017 making glass objects and Senior Lecturer - Glass and Visual Arts, Kathryn Wightman demonstrating how to polish glass:


  

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Object design 
  • Visual arts practice 
  • Gallery practice 
  • Commercial glass studios
  • Craft production
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Designers and Artists.


Education pathway



 Course Information

Compulsory courses:

Visual Language (15 credits)
Become familiar with the language of art and design. Formal art/design elements will be considered along-side key theoretical ideas which inform contemporary practices of visual and oral culture. You will be required to evaluate and critique visual culture, research theoretical texts and apply your research to the writing of an academic essay and oral presentation. 

Art/Design LAB 1 (15 credits)
Learn a hands-on approach to creative design process and problem solving and become familiar with the process of responding to a given brief. The course foucses on research and exploration and the development of a conceptually driven and personalised visual language, and will cover:

  • Experimentation and exploration of materials and processes
  • The vocabulary of 2D and 3D visual language
  • An introduction to the methods of evaluating creative practices (critique)
  • The work of applicable artists and designers
  • Research skills
  • Resourcing materials
  • Social context of art/design practice in Aotearoa
  • Introduction to Tikanga and Taha Māori/Noho Marae
  • Introduction to Raranga practices
  • Health and safety.

Art/Design LAB 2 (15 credits)
Extend conceptual and practice-based design processes. The course will cover 

  • Experimentation and exploration of 2D and 3D materials and processes
  • Visual language, formal art/design elements
  • The work of applicable artists and designers
  • The application of research to practice
  • Health and safety.

Design Practical 1 (15 credits)
Learn to utilise a range of processes and technologies to produce art and design works. The course will cover:

  • Technologies for the production of art and design work
  • Art and design processes
  • Industry standard software to create art and design works
  • Industry standard printing technologies for print publication
  • Appropriate production techniques and methods for printing, e.g., print resolution, font management and art file preparation
  • Project management.

Art/Design History 1 (15 credits)
Gain an introduction to the significance of art, design and fashion throughout history, and in relation to differing cultural and social structures, including local indigenous culture.

Drawing 1 (15 credits)
Develop perceptual and technical drawing skills and knowledge about historical and contemporary trends in drawing, including specific aspects relating to Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Whanganui region. 


Elective Courses

All students must complete 30 credits from one of the following elective areas:

Glass Electives 

Glass Arts 1 (15 credits)
An introduction to contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide a theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary glass practice. Opportunities to explore a range of 2 dimensional glass processes through studio-based projects will be a focus. Teaching content will include:

  • Creating structure through colour, surface and composition
  • Material qualities, surfaces and space in 2D art making
  • Technical instruction related to 2D glass media
  • Exploring visual aesthetics through art making
  • Research methods and practical application
  • Applied research methodology to develop personal concepts
  • Health and safety relevant to glass studio practices 

Glass Arts 2 (15 credits)
Opportunities to explore a range of 3 dimensional glass processes through studio-based projects will be a focus. Teaching content will include:

  • Creating form through colour, surface and composition
  • Material qualities, surfaces and space in 3D art making
  • Technical instruction related to 3D glass media
  • Exploring visual aesthetics through art making
  • Research methods and practical application
  • Applied research methodology to develop personal concepts
  • Health and safety relevant to glass studio practices 

Desgin Media Electives 

Design Media 1 (15 credits)

Students are  introduced to styles of type, within an historic continuum, and the history of type and typographers.Teaching content will include:

  • Historical origins and evolution of typography and its various styles
  • Anatomy of letterform and its function in readability and legibility
  • Various font families of the major typographic classifications
  • Text with attention to the grid, hierarchy, leading, kerning and visual style
  • Typography and design elements, diagrams and image
  • Publication design and page layout in editorial design
  • Information design using text, tables and various graphic elements using industry standard software
  • History of typographic styles, type and typographers
  • Analyse the evolution of socially and culturally inspired NZ font.

Design Media 2 (15 credits)

An introduction to contemporary design in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide a theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary design media practice. Teaching content will include:

  • Industry standard time-based software to create design work
  • Technologies in relation to the production of time-based media
  • Industry standard workflow practices and production
  • Motion graphics and special effects editing
  • Production techniques and methods for time-based media.


Visual Arts Electives

Visual Arts 1 (15 Credits)

An introduction to contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide a theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary art practice. Opportunities to explore a range of 2 dimensional art media through studio-based projects will be a focus. Teaching content will include:

  • Creating pictorial structure through colour, surface and composition
  • Material qualities, surfaces and space in 2D art making
  • Technical instruction related to 2D media
  • Exploring visual aesthetics through art making
  • Research methods and practical application
  • Applied research methodology to develop personal concepts
  • Health and safety.

Visual Arts 2 (15 Credits)

Contextualised study of contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide the theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary art practice. Opportunities to explore a range of 3 dimensional art media through studio-based projects will be a focus. Teaching content will include:

  • Exploration of the contemporary parameters of  3 dimensional art-making
  • Technical instruction related to 3 dimensional media
  • Exploring visual aesthetics through 3 dimensional art making
  • Research methods and practical application
  • Applied research methodology to develop personal concept
  • Health and safety.


Textiles/Fashion Electives 

Textiles/Fashion 1 (15 Credits)

An introduction to contemporary design practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide a theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary textiles/fashion practice. Teaching content will include:

  • Basic design processes used in fashion design
  • Two dimension and three dimension design techniques and approaches
  • Problem solving and concept development in the generation of design ideas
  • The elements of a fashion design image
  • Applied research methodology to develop personal concepts
  • Awareness and understanding of fibre, fabric and textiles composition in relation to specific garment/object suitability
  • Exposure to Raranga as a textiles/fashion element
  • Health and Safety.

Textiles/Fashion 2 (15 Credits)

The course is intended to provide students with the opportunities to apply their skills to practical textiles/ fashion design tasks. Contextualised study of contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide the theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary design practice. Teaching content will include:

  • Basic pattern processes used in fashion design which may include flat drape or alternative approaches
  • Problem solving and concept development in the generation of design ideas
  • Fabrics and other materials used in garments
  • Technical instruction on machines and equipment
  • Research methods and practical application
  • Applied research methodology to develop personal concept
  • Health and Safety.

 Industry Connections

  • NZ Glassworks 
  • UCOL's School of Creative Industries (includes programmes and expertise from Wanganui School of Design) is a Corporate Member of the Designers Institute of NZ (DINZ)
  • Our students and graduates have taken out top prizes in the DINZ BEST Awards many times over the years. 
  • UCOL has an impressive range of industry stakeholders in the fields of fine arts, fashion and graphic design 

 Learning Facilities

UCOL is home to a New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) heritage award winning building located on Taupo Quay and features modern spacious studio suites with industry leading technology and equipment.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

 

 

To be eligible for entry to the programme, applicants must hold at least one of the following:

A Level 3 qualification in a related field 

Or University Entrance 

Or equivalent academic achievement

Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

Or provisional enrolment.

 

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

 

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 

 Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design comprises 120 credits. The programme can be studied full-time or part-time, and may require students to engage with evening classes and activities. 

From time to time study may include field trips of one or more days in length, and in those instances there may be additional costs incurred by the student. In these instances students will be informed of the schedule and associated costs well ahead of time and the programme lecturers will endeavour to ensure the costs and arrangements are appropriate.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in professional glass studio environments. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Programme Leader before the programme begins.

Pathway
Upon successful completion of the UCOL NZ Diploma in Arts and Design (level 5), graduates will be eligible to apply by cross-credit to year 2 of the UCOL Bachelor of Design and Arts (level 7).

Work experience
There are no work experience hours for this programme.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

 

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design as follows:
  • Allow approximately $200.00 for drawing and stationery supplies (dependent on personal preference)
  • USB flash drive - Approximately $15.00 from Warehouse Stationery
  • Allow up to $300.00 for glass (media) supplies (dependent on personal preference)

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.

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