Certificate in Arts
The Certificate in Arts (CertArts) is designed for you if you want to study at university level without having to commit to several years of study. It is also an option if you want to take a few courses for interest or study part-time.
Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Certificate in Arts. Domestic applicants over 20 who do not hold University Entrance, or equivalent, may gain admission by providing evidence of their ability to complete tertiary study successfully. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.
You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
Qualification structure and duration
The Certificate in Arts is made up of five courses (a minimum of 75 points) at 100 and/or 200-level.
It can be completed full-time, or over one to two years of part-time study.
You can transfer the credits you gain during the Certificate in Arts to the Bachelor of Arts (and some other degrees), as long as you have not graduated with the certificate.
Possible qualification structure for Certificate in Arts
Arts subject (eg, Anthropology)
Each small block represents a 15-point course. This diagram is an example only - other combinations are possible (eg, students may choose to study three courses at 200-level).
Subjects and courses
There are three streams of the Certificate in Arts to choose from:
- Te Poutahi: Certificate in Arts (Māori and Indigenous Studies)
- Te Poutahi Reo: Certificate in Arts (Te Reo Māori)
The general stream offers the most flexibility with a wide range of subjects you can choose from:
- Art History and Theory
- Cinema Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities
- English Language
- European and European Union Studies
- Human Services
- Māori and Indigenous Studies
- Media and Communication
- Political Science and International Relations
- Te Reo Māori
Te Poutahi: Certificate in Arts (Māori and Indigenous Studies)
You can choose from 100 and 200-level Māori and Indigenous Studies and Te Reo Māori courses. For the up-to-date list, please refer to the University Regulations website.
Te Poutahi Reo: Certificate in Arts (Te Reo Māori)
You can choose from the following 100 and 200-level Te Reo Māori courses. For the up-to-date list, please refer to the University Regulations website.
The Certificate in Arts can be used as a stepping stone to a Bachelor of Arts.
Arts graduates enjoy a raft of exciting career destinations, for instance in media, government, international relations, arts, culture, heritage, archives, politics, public policy, writing, editing, PR, communications, conservation, tourism, teaching, community development, publishing, design, business, advertising and marketing.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
For the full certificate requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Arts.
For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students) or visit the Liaison Office’s course planning page (new students), or a College of Arts Student Advisor (advancing students).