Graduate Diploma in Arts


The Graduate Diploma in Arts offers people who hold a bachelor's degree in a major in an unrelated area the opportunity to study arts in-depth, choosing from over 30 subjects.

The GradDipArts is designed for graduates seeking to qualify for entry to postgraduate qualifications in arts, to change career direction, or to extend or upgrade their existing qualification/s.

Entry requirements

Graduate certificates and diplomas require a bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

Students normally take courses from the Bachelor of Arts (BA) schedule. They are required to pass courses totalling a minimum of 120 points; of these 90 points must be at 300-level, including 60 in a single subject. A maximum of 15 points towards the GradDipArts may be taken from subjects not in the BA schedule. Normally all courses would be from the same subject.


One year full-time or up to five years part-time. Students can begin their studies in February or July.

Subjects and courses

Subject areas for the Graduate Diploma in Arts:

How to apply

Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

This qualification is an ideal pathway into postgraduate study. UC offers over 16 postgraduate qualifications in arts.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.  

Useful resources:

More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Arts.

For study planning help contact the College of Arts:

College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 3377
Email artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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