Postgraduate Certificate in Arts
Like most general Arts qualifications, there is a wide range of subject choice available at UC, with more than 30 subjects on offer – from Anthropology to Te Reo Māori. The great thing about the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is that this qualification can be:
- completed in a relatively short period of time (6 months full-time study or 12 months part-time)
- studied part-time, which is ideal for those wishing to undertake professional development or to expand their disciplinary knowledge in a relevant field whilst working or juggling other commitments
- a combination of different courses, either in different subject areas or a mix of courses from one programme with an internship or digital humanities project added in to enhance employment skills and applied learning experiences
- an ideal stepping stone to further postgraduate programmes on offer at UC.
PGCertArts students will be introduced to sophisticated subject matter and develop skills in the critical evaluation of academic literature in their discipline or area of specialisation. They will also foster high-level skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and communication.
Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant 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.
A Bachelor of Arts or an equivalent degree with grades to a specified level in the subject concerned is required for the PGCertArts. For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts or use the admission requirements checker.
Qualification structure and duration
To qualify for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts, a student must complete at least 60 points from taught courses, as approved by the Head of Department and the Dean of Arts.
This certificate takes six months full-time or 12 months part-time to complete. Courses can be started in February or July.
Subjects and courses
The Postgraduate Certificate in Arts is offered in:
- Art History
- Cinema Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Digital Humanities
- European Union Studies
- Human Services
- Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Media and Communication
- Political Science and International Relations
- Social Work
- Te Reo Māori
Note: a student may substitute PACE 495 Professional and Community Engagement Internship or DIGI 403 Digital Project for 30 points in the Postgraduate Certificate, subject to approval. Relevance of the internship or project to the course of study will be assessed.
How to apply
Find out how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
Subject to the approval of the Dean of Arts, a student may transfer courses passed with a B grade or higher for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts to:
- the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts
- the Bachelor of Arts with Honours
- the coursework section of a master's degree (there are a number of taught master's operated by the College of Arts)
Note: this is provided the courses fall within the time limits for the higher award.
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Our Careers, Internships & Employment team can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit the Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Arts.
For study planning help contact:
College of Arts
University of Canterbury
Karl Popper Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800