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Postgraduate Certificate in Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Up to 2 years

Take the first step on your postgraduate journey

The Postgraduate Certificate in Arts offers you a pathway for advanced studies in a subject area of your choice.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is equivalent to the first half of the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts. It’s a great place to start if you’re considering postgraduate study.

Prepare for future opportunities

Studying arts is transformative. Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing global marketplace, and effectively challenge and critique new ideas. Advancing your study at postgraduate level will enhance your communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills so you can take on the opportunities the future holds and thrive as a leader in your field.

Open the door to new experiences

The arts and humanities are your passport to all the world’s wonderful places. Studying at a higher level will open doors to new cultures, communities and opportunities. Your postgraduate certificate will help you come up with creative and innovative solutions for complex issues. When you’ve completed your certificate you can continue to a postgraduate diploma, and then study for a master’s degree.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate arts degree
  • Want to develop your undergraduate interests
  • Want to discover whether postgraduate study is right for you


Your Postgraduate Certificate in Arts will help you to contribute to a wide range of fields such as:

  • Business
  • Civil services and the defence forces
  • Communications, public relations and marketing
  • Education and professional development
  • Health, social services and community development
  • International business and development
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Public service
  • Research and teaching

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