Turn your passion for art and sculpture into a lifelong career with Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Hard Stone and Jade Carving programmes. The training teaches students the core skills and understanding of the industry they need to enter the busy world of stone carving and rock sculpture. You’ll also learn techniques and design skills that will allow you to create highly desirable one-off pieces of work.

Former students have competed against New Zealand’s top carvers in national competitions and taken away top honours – you’ll be able to put your skills to the test in a real world environment as tutors put you in touch with industry.

Students of the NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (L3) will be encouraged to engage in creative exploration, personal growth, independent study and the development of work ethics suitable for the industry. The learning environment will foster group evaluation and critique to promote reflection and development of critical and analytical skills.

  • Level:
  • Credit Value:
  • Awards:
    NZ Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3)
  • Location:
  • Method of Study:
    Full time or part time
  • Holiday Duration:
    2 weeks
  • Teaching Duration:
    18 weeks
  • Total Duration:
    20 weeks
  • Start Date:
    February 2022
  • End Date:
    July 2022
  • $3,687
    Free fees may apply, refer
    to www.tpp.ac.nz/freefees

  • Domestic Breakdown
  •   Tuition Fee:
  •   NZQA Fee:

Core Elements

The New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3) programme provides learning experiences that enable students to develop the core knowledge, skills and personal attributes needed to gain employment in entry level positions in the New Zealand artistic carving industry.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Understand the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi for hard stone and jade carving in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Develop an understanding of the geology and properties of different stones and how they react to processing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of carving design concepts and techniques, and apply this to carving hard stone and jade  to a set brief
  • Collaborate with others, select and present work in context

Programme Structure and Workload

The programme balances classroom-based theory with a range of practical learning contexts to assist students to achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Levels 3). 

Further Study Paths

Arts and Design (Level 4)

Career Opportunities

The overall aim of the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 3) programme is to provide learning experiences that enable students to develop the core knowledge, skills and personal attributes sought by employers and required for basic entry level positions.

Entry Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • NCEA Level 2 credits in English and Mathematics.

  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.5 or above.

Special Notes:

  • Special Entry may be granted where evidence exists that the applicant can successfully complete the programme.

Advice to applicants:

  • Candidates must possess the physical capacity to engage in the practical carving components of the programme.

  • Diagnostic literacy testing may be conducted to identify applicants requiring support.  Students identified as requiring support /assistance in coping with tertiary level study will be supported by the polytechnic Student Support Services.