Certificate in Arts (CertArts - 60 points)

The following regulations apply to students commencing study within the 2018 academic year. For previously published regulations, refer to the Calendar archive (Academic Services website). Find key terms in the Glossary of terms.

Regulations for the Certificate in Arts

These regulations must be read in conjunction with the General Regulations for the University.

These regulations came into force on 1 January 2018.
This certificate was first offered in 2005.

In exceptional circumstances the Dean of Arts (Academic) may approve a personal programme of study that does not conform to these regulations.

The Structure of the qualification

To qualify for the Certificate in Arts a student must pass 60 points in courses at 100- or 200-level from one or two subjects on the Schedule B to the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Admission to the qualification

A student must satisfy the Admission Regulations for the University to be admitted to this qualification


The Certificate may be awarded in one or two of the following subjects: Anthropology; Art History and Theory; Chinese; Cinema Studies; Classics; Cultural Studies; Digital Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities; Economics; Education; English; English Language; European and European Union Studies; French; Geography; German; History; Human Services; Japanese; Linguistics; Māori and Indigenous Studies; Mathematics; Media and Communication; Music; Philosophy; Political Science and International Relations; Psychology; Russian; Sociology; Spanish; Statistics; and Te Reo Māori.

Time limits

The qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University with a time limit of 60 months.

Transfer and credit for study for other qualifications

This qualification adheres to the General Conditions for Credit and Transfer Regulations, with no additional stipulations.


This qualification adheres to the General Regulations for the University, with no additional stipulations.

Honours, Distinction and Merit

Honours, Distinction and Merit are not awarded for this qualification.

Pathways to other qualifications
A student who has completed the requirements for the Certificate in Arts but who has not yet graduated, may apply to the Dean of Arts (Academic) to have credits transferred to another undergraduate Arts qualification.
A student who has graduated with the Certificate in Arts from the University of Canterbury, may apply to the Dean of Arts (Academic) to be admitted to another undergraduate Arts qualification and to have their Certificate in Arts subsumed as per the General Regulations to the University.