Certificate in Arts + Design

The semester-long programme (18 weeks) concentrates on developing a portfolio for application to on-going tertiary study at Whitecliffe, elsewhere in New Zealand or overseas.

The emphasis is on practical projects and broad understanding of visual arts and design issues, supported by conceptual content and knowledge. This ensures that students develop appropriate thinking skills and can manage projects/briefs under broad guidance; and gain a broad base of art and design-related knowledge so they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and skills for further tertiary study and/or entry-level employment in the field.

Graduates will produce a portfolio and gain a broad knowledge of art and design-related subjects to ensure they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and self-management skills for further tertiary study and or entry-level vocations.

The programme also provides an opportunity for those not wishing to continue with further formal academic study to explore their artistic skills in a creative environment. Students who enrol in this programme have varying levels of ability, ranging from complete novices to those who have some experience.

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Key dates

Next Intake 24 • 02 • 20
Mid Year 29 • 06 • 20

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Duration

18 weeks, full-time. Auckland + Manukau

Qualification

New Zealand Certificate in Arts + Design (Level 4) 60 credits

Costs

Domestic* $3,448 (incl GST)
International $12,000 (incl GST)
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Certificate in Arts + Design Course Outline

The programme focuses on developing skills in general Drawing, Painting and Design courses while offering opportunities for more focused sampling and exploration within four areas (Fine Arts, Photo Media, Fashion Design + Sustainability, and Graphic Design) which are the departments within the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme at Whitecliffe.

Graduates will gain skills and knowledge to fill junior assistant and/or support roles in arts and/or creative industries. Successful completion of the programme results in the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4).

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Why Choose Whitecliffe Pre-degree Certificates?

The Certificate programme focuses on developing skills in general Drawing, Painting and Design courses while offering opportunities for more focused sampling and exploration within four areas (Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Photo Media) which are the departments within the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme at Whitecliffe.

The emphasis is on practical projects and deepening students’ understanding of visual arts and design issues, supported by conceptual content and knowledge. This ensures that students develop appropriate thinking skills and can manage projects/briefs under broad guidance; and gain a broad base of art and design-related knowledge so they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and skills for further tertiary study and/or entry-level employment in the field.

Graduates will produce a portfolio and gain a broad knowledge of art and design-related subjects to ensure they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and self-management skills for further tertiary study and/or entry-level vocations.

Graduates will gain skills and knowledge to fill junior assistant and/or support roles in arts and/or creative industries. Successful completion of the programme results in the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Arts + Design (Level 4).

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Certificate Overview

Drawing + Painting

Students are introduced to a range of drawing and painting techniques and concepts leading to the production of a portfolio of work. Gaining a basic understanding of mark making and rendering, students learn how to develop drawings from preparatory sketches. A basic introduction to practical painting skills, mediums, techniques and concepts, students work from an initial concept, developing paintings from preparatory sketches and colour studies and completing an artwork to a basic level. Topics include but are not limited to: Painting + Drawing Techniques, Painting, Colour Theory, Observation Drawing, Mixed Media, Collage Techniques, Art + Narrative, Art + Social Commentary, Body + Space.

Design

Students are introduced to the principles, elements, and processes for creating a design. Students will be introduced to commonly used design software, and encouraged to think about how it can contribute at all stages of the art making and design process. Working with a range of different media and through demonstrations, discussion, studio and computer lab activities and assignments students will develop a basic understanding of composition and colour and image and text

Photo Media

Students will experiment with photographic concepts and processes and gain basic knowledge of composition within the photographic media, dark room processes, image capture skills, editing techniques and gain a broad knowledge of contemporary themes in the photographic medium. The course includes discussions around the many different conceptual approaches to photo media within art and design.

Printmaking

This course includes fundamental printmaking processes; printmaking studio management and safe practices, making a plate, intaglio inking methods, printing methods, using the press and screen printing, including stencil creation and printing on both paper and fabric. Students will develop an elementary theoretical and conceptual understanding of one or more contemporary printmaking processes.

The Certificate in Arts and Design programme also includes 5-day workshops in Visual Research, Contextual Studies, and Portfolio Techniques.

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Key Information for Students

NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme

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Where could this programme take you?

Graduates will produce a portfolio and gain a broad knowledge of art and design-related subjects to ensure they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and self-management skills for further tertiary study and/or entry-level vocations.

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