1 year
Study mode
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
USD 13,608
NZD 20,390
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

Creative practice in the arts is socially and culturally important because what results from it is often endowed with attractiveness, utility, power, meaning, authenticity or value. The Graduate Diploma in Creative Practice allows you to focus on a specialist theatre and screen discipline during this year-long programme. You'll gain the in-depth knowledge and specialist skills you need to realise creative possibilities and solutions that are imaginative, appropriate and professionally presented. Highlights include:

  • Practical production projects: gain in-depth skills about the business of theatre and screen as you realise your own creative projects from initial concept through to development and completion.
  • Well-equipped dance and television studios, drama theatre, wardrobe and production workshops. You'll also gain on-set experience when making short films on location.
  • Lecturers with years of experience in the entertainment industry.
  • Strong industry links: we're active members of SPADA (Screen Production and Development Association), WIFT (Women in Film and Television), Playmarket, New Zealand Writers Guild, Entertainment Technology NZ and New Zealand Film and Video Technicians' Guild.
  • Tailor-made study pathways: we tailor your individual study pathways to help you to become a highly versatile professional with the technical and creative expertise to engage independently in a range of activities.
  • Frequent visits from international experts through our partnerships with groups such as Script to Screen and the New Zealand Film Commission.
  • A chance to collaborate with design, acting, dance, film and television, directing, writing and production students.
  • Highly regarded graduates who now work on Hollywood blockbusters and local independent features, and produce prize-winning short films and documentaries.
  • Some courses may also be offered in the evening or weekends.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.