Graduate Diploma in Arts (GradDipArts - 120 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 Graduate Diploma 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 graduate diploma was first offered in 2001.

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

The structure of the qualification
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Arts, a student must pass courses totalling at least 120 points. Of these 120 points:
at least 105 points must be from the Schedule to the Regulations for the Bachelor of Arts or equivalent courses approved by the Dean of Arts (Academic), and
the 120 points must include at least 90 points at 300-level, of which at least 60 points are in a single subject area as listed in Regulation 5 below.
Admission to the qualification
To be admitted to the Graduate Diploma in Arts a student must have:
qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or
been admitted with Academic Equivalent Standing as entitled to enrol for the Graduate Diploma, and
been approved as a student by the Dean of Arts (Academic).

The subjects in which the Graduate Diploma in Arts may be awarded are: Anthropology, Art History and Theory, Chinese, Cinema Studies, Classics, Cultural Studies, 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, Psychology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, and Te Reo Māori.

Time limits

The time limit for this qualification is 60 months.

Transfers of credit, substitutions and cross-credits

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 GradDipArts but has not yet graduated, may apply to the Dean of Arts (Academic) to be admitted to the BA and have credits transferred.
A student who has graduated with the GradDipArts from the University of Canterbury, may apply to the Dean of Arts (Academic) to be admitted to the BA and have their GradDipArts subsumed in accordance with the General Regulations to the University.
A student who has not met the requirements for the GradDipArts, or who wishes to transfer to any of the undergraduate certificates or diplomas or degrees in Arts, may apply to the Dean of Arts (Academic) for admission, provided they meet the requirements for entry to that qualification.