Turn your passion for art and sculpture into a career. Discover Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s Hard Stone and Jade Carving programmes.

Learn industry skills such as production techniques, and understanding needed to enter the busy world of stone carving and rock sculpture. You’ll also learn techniques and design skills that will allow you 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.

Engage in creative exploration, personal growth, independent study and the development of work ethics suitable for industry. A collaborative on-campus environment helps you and your peers develop analytical and critical skills improving your work as you progress throughout the course.

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  • 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:
    13 February 2023
  • End Date:
    30 June 2023
  • $3,846
    Free fees may apply, refer
    to www.tpp.ac.nz/freefees

  • International Fee (2023):


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 design principles, creative processes and techniques, and then applying this understanding to carving hard stone and jade to a set brief.
  • Collaborate with other students, select and present pieces created in the context of course learnings

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.