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New Zealand Diploma in Creativity

Level 5

Take your skills and understanding of music peformance to the next level with UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Creativity.

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 1 year, full-time (part-time options are available)

19 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,491.00Scholarship info

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International Fees:*
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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.

If you have a qualification or experience in music performance, and are wishing to expand your skillset, study UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Creativity. You'll gain skills and knowledge to effectively apply creative processes across a range of musical vocations and disciplines.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of this qualification will have transferrable skills and knowledge to complement employment roles in creative industries, other professions, and service agencies that require creative processes that cross sector boundaries.

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Performing Artists and Film, TV and Music Technicians.

 Course Information

  • Performance
  • Composition and Technology
  • Music Theory
  • Creative Industries
  • Knowledge Transfer
  • Recording
  • Design Media

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Learning Facilities

  • Recording studio
  • Mac Suite

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants may be required to audition. 

NCEA Level 3


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

For applicants 20 years of age and over there are no minimum academic requirements.


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

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the 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 (ie 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

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Creativity, Level 5 comprises 120 credits.

If you're not ready to study New Zealand Diploma in Creativity (Level 5), you can study UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4).

Work experience
There are no practicum or work experience hours for this programme although students will be participating in public performances as part of their study.

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.

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Diploma in Creativity supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:
  • Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance


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.