Creative Arts qualifications

Qualifications in Creative Arts (at Levels 1-6, excluding university qualifications) include New Zealand certificates and diplomas in:

Arts and Design, Creativity, Jewellery, Watch and Clock Making, Fashion, Digital Media and Design, Animation, Graphic Design, User Interface Design, Web Design and Development, and Photography.

Creative Arts qualifications framework (PDF, 46KB)

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Qualification Developer
New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 2) [Ref: 2625]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3) [Ref: 2626]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) [Ref: 2627]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 3) [Ref: 2628]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) [Ref: 2629]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4) [Ref: 2630]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Jewellery (Level 4) [Ref: 2631]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Manufacturing Jewellery (Level 4) [Ref: 2632]  Jewellery Industry Registration Board of New Zealand
New Zealand Certificate in Watch and Clock Making (Level 4) [Ref: 2633]  Jewellery Industry Registration Board of New Zealand
New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 5) [Ref: 2634]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Animation (Level 6) [Ref: 2635]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2636]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) [Ref: 2637]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2638]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 6) [Ref: 2639]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Fashion Design (Level 6) [Ref: 2640]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Fashion (Level 5) [Ref: 2641]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Graphic Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2642]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Graphic Design (Level 6) [Ref: 2643]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in User Interface Design (Level 5) [Ref: 2644]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Web Design and Production (Level 6) [Ref: 2645]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Jewellery (Level 5) [Ref: 2646]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Jewellery (Level 6) [Ref: 2647]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5) [Ref: 2648]  NZQA National Qualifications Services 
New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6) [Ref: 2649]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (Level 5) [Ref: 2867]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (Level 6) [Ref: 2868]  NZQA National Qualifications Services
New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4) [Ref: 2869]  NZQA National Qualifications Services

2020 review of NZ Creative Arts qualifications

In 2020, NZQA National Qualifications Services facilitated the review of 26 New Zealand Creative Arts qualifications.

Review progress

An application has been made to NZQA’s Quality Assurance Division for new versions of the qualifications to be registered.

The current versions of the qualifications will remain valid for at least two years after the reviewed qualifications are published early next year.

Programme development towards the revised version can begin as soon as they are published. Whether this development is for a type 2 change (minimum required) or new programme will depend on the level of change within each qualification and the distance programmes will have to travel to meet the award of the revised qualification(s).

Main changes

The review identified anomalies in the qualifications to ensure clarity, consistency and coherence.

Strategic purpose statements / Te rautaki o te tohu have been refreshed and connect the application of creative arts knowledge and skills to a wider range of industries.

The general conditions for programmes / Ngā tikanga whānui o te hōtaka articulate commitment to ngā kaupapa o te Tiriti o Waitangi (the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi), and learning that reflects Te Ao Māori, the perspectives of Pacific peoples, and the cultural and individual educational needs of ākonga/learners. They also include those essential programme conditions that are necessitated by regulatory or legislative requirements.

Graduate profile outcomes (GPOs) / Ngā hua have all been refreshed and are more fully descriptive. The credits / Ngā whiwhinga have been rationalised. Specific conditions / Ngā tikanga that relate to individual graduate outcomes are not included.

Evidence requirements for assuring consistency / Ngā taunaki hei whakaū i te tauritenga now focus on analysis of systems and processes, interpretation of data against the GPOs and application of the insights and knowledge gained.

These changes strengthen the intent of the Version 1 qualifications.

Note:  New Zealand Diplomas in Graphic Design (Level 5 and Level 6) and the New Zealand Diploma in User Interface Design (Level 5) have been proposed to expire as there are no approved programmes leading to these qualifications.

Review background

In 2020, NZQA National Qualifications Services facilitated the review of 26 New Zealand Creative Arts qualifications in collaboration with and on behalf of Creative Arts programme owners, the alliance of New Zealand’s creative industries and individuals who expressed an interest in the qualifications and their review.

The purpose of the review was to ensure the suite of Creative Arts qualifications is still relevant to current and future learners, is fit for purpose, and meets the needs of the creative arts industry (community and commercial), employers, business and the general public.

Stakeholders were kept informed and invited to contribute at all stages of the review. 

An advisory group met in December 2019 to guide the process of the review and confirm the relevance and currency of the qualifications. Research indicated that the needs analysis (PDF, 1.9MB), which informed the initial development of these qualifications, remains current.

In February 2020, working groups met in Wellington to review the qualifications and develop revised drafts, which were later further refined. Consultation was delayed until September 2020. In October, questions raised through the consultation process were addressed by an advisory group.

Contact

If you wish to receive email updates, and/or establish personal contact regarding the qualifications review, please email qualification.reviews@nzqa.govt.nz.

2018 Extension of planned review date

Feedback was sought in March and April 2018 on a proposal to extend the planned review date for 26 Creative Arts qualifications.

Consultation closed on 16 April 2018, and versions 1 of the qualifications were republished in May to extend the qualification review date to 31 July 2020.

Mandatory review of Creative Arts 2015

To find out how Creative Arts qualifications were reviewed and developed, visit the Mandatory review of Creative Arts qualifications review page.

Contact

For enquiries or information about Creative Arts qualifications, where National Qualifications Services is the listed qualification developer, and/or to subscribe to receive email updates, please contact qualification.reviews@nzqa.govt.nz.

 
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