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Diploma in Arts

If you’re fascinated by the history and creative activities of humankind and how this shapes societies and our future, then a Diploma in Arts from Waikato is for you.

Explore the diverse and exciting world of the Arts in this one-year qualification

Looking for a short-term study option?  A Diploma can help pave your way to future success, with just one year of study. It's a great way to gain an introductory qualification in a field of study.

Learn about human nature and the human mind as they are revealed by the arts, the languages, the politics, and the cultures of the past and the present. The effective communication skills developed while studying the Arts are valued as essential in the modern workplace.

School of Arts
You'll have access to Waikato's modern, purpose-built teaching and performance venues, including the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts and on-campus television studios. You will be encouraged to extend and perfect your own practice, and take your place within New Zealand and international creative communities. Analytical abilities and research experience, well-honed written and verbal communication skills, and a broad perspective on the world and its various cultures.

Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
Study in this Faculty will teach you the fundamental bodies of knowledge in Te Reo and Tikanga Māori, its distinctiveness, and the ability to think critically of its place locally, nationally and globally. Studying the BA will provide you with leadership qualities in local, national and international indigenous communities and the ability to contribute to the ongoing development of whānau/hapū/iwi/Māori communities. You'll develop the capacity for working cooperatively with diverse groups and individuals, and contributing effectively to collective projects. The programme will develop your appreciation of indigenous and global issues and the place of Māori in that indigenous community.

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Key information

Years: 1
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Area of Study:

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Entry requirements

Applications are open to anyone with University Entrance or its equivalent. For more information, contact our Future Students Team: [email protected].

When you apply to enrol, select Diploma (Undergraduate) as your qualification.

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Your Dip(Arts) requires 75 points from within the field of arts. That field includes the following subjects:


Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

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Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528) or 07 838 4176
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