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Certificate in Arts

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Equivalent to 1 semester of full-time study, or equivalent part-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Take the first step into new worlds

The world is full of challenging and wonderful places and studying the Arts is your passport to discover these.

What is it like?

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

The Certificate in Arts is designed for students who wish to participate in university study without having to commit to completing a large set of courses. It is also available for those who wish to take a few interest courses at university level.

The Certificate can be used as a stepping stone to the Diploma in Arts, and from there to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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.

You choose what you study

With a Massey CertArts you can study what you enjoy and explore subject areas that spark your interest. You can choose courses from 30 subjects areas in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Do it your way

The CertArts is extremely flexible and you can include courses from different disciplines, including one from outside the humanities and social sciences.

Why study Arts at Massey?

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

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:

  • Are curious about humanity
  • Want to know what makes you and other people tick
  • Want the flexibility to follow your passions
  • Have wide-ranging interests
  • Seek new solutions to world problems


Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing labour market, and be able to effectively challenge and critique new encounters. Our Arts programmes will develop your interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure you remain agile and able 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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