Short Courses

Whitecliffe Short Courses

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Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, New Zealand's leading private arts and design institution, offers a short course programme of Evening classes, Holiday workshops and Weekend workshops. These courses are taught by professional artists, designers and lecturers, and in the majority of cases are suitable for beginners.


Short Courses are non- credit  which means that students enrolled in any of the courses are NOT eligible for a student loan. These course are not full time and while international students are welcome to enrol in them if in New Zealand on  valid visa, the courses do not  create eligibility for a student visa to study in New Zealand.

International or New Zealand Students interested in full time study in arts or design are advised to consider an application to the Foundation and Bachelor of Fine Arts programmes offered at Whitecliffe.


Students do not need to have completed a course in the previous term in order to enrol in a current or future term. Fees quoted are for each Evening (six week), Three Day or Weekend course.

Please read registration information at the bottom of this page.

Short Course Categories

Digital Design

Drawing & Illustration

Fashion Design






Short Course Gallery - images created by whitecliffe short course students

Short courses online registration



You are strongly encouraged to enrol early – at least 2 weeks out from the course commencement date. Late enrolments cannot be guaranteed a place or that the course will run.

Courses are open to all people aged 14 years and over unless specified otherwise in the course description. No qualifications or experience are necessary unless specified in the course description.


Full payment is required to confirm your place in any course.


A materials list will be provided with confirmation of enrolment.

Please check your material list.

Evening Classes

Terms at Whitecliffe run over a seven week period, but evening courses consist of six classes which run from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Tuesday to Thursday evenings. Each class will therefore have a one week break in the fourth week of classes when Whitecliffe Undergraduate Workshops are held. If a class needs to be cancelled, it will run on the next available day or by arrangement between the tutor and students.

Day & Weekend Workshops

The Whitecliffe Short Course programme includes a range of Day Classes and Weekend Workshops which are scheduled during the mid semester break and during term holidays. Classes are not designed as a school holiday programme however, mature school students who are aged 14 or over may enrol. The Weekend Workshops are either over a full weekend or are on consecutive Saturdays, enabling students who are not able to attend in the evenings the opportunity to enjoy classes at Whitecliffe. All Day classes will run from 9.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


If a course is cancelled by Whitecliffe you will be advised and your course fee will be refunded. This may occur at short notice if the minimum number of participants has not been reached.


If you withdraw from a course more than five working days before the course start date, your course fee will be refunded minus a $50 administration charge.

If you withdraw from a course five working days or less beforehand, you will receive a 50% refund of your course fee minus a $50 administration charge.


Building Access

For your security, the Whitecliffe campus is protected by a key pad access system. As part of your course fee you will be given a key pad access code on the first class of your course which will give you access to Whitecliffe during your scheduled classes.