Postgraduate Diplomas

A Postgraduate Diploma is a stimulating introduction to postgraduate study and research. It takes the equivalent of one year’s full-time study and can be done part-time.

Explore the Postgraduate Diplomas offered by the College below.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Design

    The Postgraduate Diploma in Design provides an opportunity for students across the design spectrum to upskill in creative practice, technologies and theory.

    The diploma provides an introduction to postgraduate research processes and contemporary design theory and, when achieved at an appropriate level, gives students access to the Master of Design or Master of Fine Arts programmes. It caters for students in many design disciplines, including advertising, digital media, graphic design, illustration, fashion design, industrial design, spatial design and textile design.

    The programme is identical to the final year of the Bachelor of Design (Honours), involving an in-depth research project, wide range of electives, and a compulsory ‘external focus’ course focusing on entrepreneurship, exhibitions or writing about creative work. Most of the work is studio-based.

    Key facts

    Due date: 15th November. Late applications are being accepted subject to available spaces.
    Suitable for: candidates with a Bachelor of Design or similar degree, or equivalent industry experience. BDes(Hons) students with appropriate grades go direct into the MFA or MDes programmes.
    Fees: $6,077.60-$7,893.60 (indicative), domestic students (further fees information here)
    Location: Wellington
    Full-time: one year
    Part-time option: yes

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Māori Visual Arts

    A postgraduate diploma is a stimulating introduction to postgraduate study and research. The postgraduate diploma in Māori Visual Arts provides a unique step into advanced study in Māori art.

    You will be supervised by leading Māori artists and researchers, whether you study on campus or at a distance, full-time or part-time.

    The curriculum comprises two options:

    • Studio-only option, for artists with over 10 years’ gallery experience
    • Studio and theory option

    Particular emphasis is placed on:

    • Exploring process as a key component of art making
    • Developing advanced research techniques and methodology appropriate to Māori visual art
    • Learning strategies to refine and enhance your working methods
    • Building an extensive knowledge of contemporary cultural history and theory that gives you the confidence to negotiate your own relationship between theory and practice
    • Laying the groundwork for Masters study

    Applications are open now.  

    Key facts

    Due date: 15th November. Late applications are being accepted subject to available spaces.
    Suitable for: candidates with a degree in Māori Visual Arts, or substantial experience. We welcome applications from indigenous artists internationally.
    Location: Manawatu, or at a distance
    Duration: one year full-time, or two years part-time
    Fees: $6,077.60-$7,893.60 (indicative) for domestic students. Further fees information.
    Contact: Rachael Rakena, Postgraduate coordinator Māori Visual Arts, creative.postgrad@massey.ac.nz