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Graduate Diploma in Arts

09 October 2023

Study a Graduate Diploma in Arts through Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts at the University of Canterbury.


Graduate Diploma in Arts

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Graduate Diploma in Arts

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)




2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $6,748 - $7,535
  • International — $31,600


Graduate Diploma in Arts


The Graduate Diploma in Arts offers those who hold a bachelor's degree in a major in an unrelated area the opportunity to study arts in-depth, choosing from over 30 subjects.

The GradDipArts is designed for graduates seeking to qualify for entry to postgraduate qualifications in arts, to change career direction, or to extend or upgrade their existing qualifications.

Graduate Diploma in Arts

Further study

This qualification is an ideal pathway into postgraduate study, such as the Master of Arts. UC offers multiple postgraduate qualifications in arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Graduate Diploma in Arts

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.

Useful information:


2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,748 - $7,535
  • International — $31,600

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $6,564 - $7,330
  • International — $30,000

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study

Graduate Diploma in Arts

How do I plan my diploma?

The Graduate Diploma in Arts is made up of 120 points from Arts subjects. Of these, 90 points must be at 300-level, including 60 in a single subject.

A maximum of 15 points towards the GradDipArts may be taken from other non-Arts subjects. Normally all courses would be from the same subject.

The GradDipArts takes 1 year full-time, or up to 5 years part-time.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Graduate Diploma in Arts.


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