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Diploma in Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available at all campuses or in any one year
  • Equivalent to 1 year of full-time study
  • Availability for international students varies. Refer to the major / endorsement web pages for details.

Gain a lifelong education

With a Massey Diploma in Arts you can study what you enjoy and explore subject areas that spark your interest.

What is it like?

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

Explore tertiary study with a Diploma in Arts. For many students, this is the first step towards taking a full Bachelor of Arts. The Diploma in Arts consists of eight courses (120 credits) from the Bachelor of Arts schedule, and is often used as a springboard to completing the full Bachelor of Arts degree.

You choose what you study

You can complete the Diploma in Arts with or without an endorsement in a subject area. Completing the diploma without endorsement lets you sample different subjects and build a qualification that reflects your own particular interests.

If you want to take an endorsement, you can choose from 25 subjects from the Bachelor of Arts degree, and major in the one that sparks your passion.

Massey’s Diploma in Arts is extremely flexible and you can include courses from many disciplines, including some from outside the humanities.

Why study arts at Massey?

Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance-learning programme and access to multi-media learning materials.

The arts are the study of humanity: our history, beliefs, society, language and culture. They ask questions about how we think, how we communicate, and how we interact with our environment. They teach us to analyse the meaning behind what we are, what we do, and how we came to be that way.

Massey will prepare you to be a free and original thinker who will lead New Zealand into the future and help solve some of our big problems.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take the first step towards a Bachelor of Arts
  • Are more comfortable with a manageable goal
  • Want the flexibility to follow your passions
  • Have wide-ranging interests
  • Are curious about humanity


Employers need people who can thrive in an ever-changing labour market and effectively challenge and critique new encounters. Our arts programme will develop your interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure you remain agile enough to take on the opportunities the future holds.

The arts can lead to a wide range of career opportunities including:

  • Advertising
  • Aid and disaster relief workers
  • Business managers
  • Communications
  • Conflict resolution
  • Customs / immigration officers
  • Defence forces
  • Disaster relief
  • Education
  • Family therapists
  • Foreign affairs
  • Human resources
  • International business
  • Media production
  • Mental health practitioners
  • Novelists
  • Peacekeeping
  • Policy development and analysis
  • Politics
  • Project management
  • Public relations
  • Research managers
  • Risk management
  • School principals
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Special education needs
  • Specialist teachers
  • Speechwriters
  • Teaching English overseas
  • Translation
  • Travel and hospitality

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