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Creative Entrepreneurship Graduate Diploma Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Creative Entrepreneurship Graduate Diploma Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, New Zealand

About This Program

In this one year Graduate Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship (Level 7) offered by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology, you will be developing knowledge and skills to innovate as practitioners in emerging creative industries. 

You will be gaining skills in communicating concepts and building connections, identifying new markets, learning how to navigate new markets, preparing a business plan, building a website to promote your work.  You will also be testing your viability through exhibitions and pop-up shops and applying for funding.

In the end, you will learn how to use your creative talents to establish a thriving business.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of Graduate Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship.

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Course Delivery

This Graduate Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship (Level 7) offered by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology  is a one-year program, including holidays whenever applicable.  It is offered in Rotorua, at the Mokoia Campus.

The interdisciplinary (Art, Graphic Design; Fashion; and Interior Design), hands-on coursework will emphasize the conceptualization of innovative products and how to navigate markets for your practice.

Please note that you are responsible for your own transportation in order to complete the program.


This qualification prepares students for the following careers and employment opportunities:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Museum and Gallery Work
  • Independent studio or public work artist
  • Artist's assistant
  • Retail display designer
  • Printer
  • Photographer
  • Photographer's assistant
  • Tertiary teaching of art and design

You may also move onto further postgraduate study in the field of Creative Entrepreneurship at a higher level (Level 8).

Learning Outcomes

You should be able to demonstrate the following competencies upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Creative Entrepreneurship program:

  1. Research and apply critical thinking, analytical rigour and intellectual independence to conceptualise, develop and refine ideas for the production of commercially-viable creative outputs.
  2. Evaluate and develop business opportunities, systems and strategies for small business concepts, products or services within the creative sector.
  3. Select, develop and implement marketing strategies and marketing materials and media to effectively communicate with target markets.
  4. Integrate and utilise advanced technical and creative proficiency, creative technologies and knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand art and design to produce commercially-viable creative outputs.
  5. Independently manage projects for the production of significant creative works from initial concept to completion, including proposal development, creative production, exhibition and distribution.

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Course Outline

These are the compulsory papers in this program:

  • Creative Incubator: Pūrereawhi Auaha
  • Business Skills for Creative Entrepreneurs: Pūmanawa Pakihi mō ngā Rakahinonga Auaha
  • The Innovation - Proposal: Te Hiringa - Te Tono
  • The Innovation - Creative Project: Te Hiringa – Kaupapa Auaha
  • Marketing Strategies for Creatives: Rautaki Whakatairanga Auahatanga

You must also choose ONE of the following:

  • Creative Technologies: Hangarau Auaha, OR
  • Art and Design in Aotearoa: Mahi Toi, Hoahoa i Aotearoa

Course Info

Duration : One Year

Qualifications Level : Graduate Diploma

Fees :

  • The base tuition fee is NZD19,950.
  • There may be additional costs for art material and resources.
  • You should also have an electronic device e.g., laptop, camera, phone, tablet or iPad.

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology expects will be your base tuition fee.   Other fees have not been considered such as:
    • Airport transfer
    • Mandatory Health Insurance
    • Student services
  • As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.
  • When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include accommodation rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

The intake for this program is July 23, 2018.

IVC has a 2-3 month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Visa processing;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology as listed:

  • There are two pathways to be admitted to this program:
    • You must have completed an undergraduate degree in any creative technologies or related discipline OR
    • Be able to demonstrate at least three years equivalent practical, professional or educational experience relevant to the creative content.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 60 overall, writing score of 18
    • PTE Academic: 50 overall minimum.

An offer of place will be given to you if you meet the entry criteria and demonstrate you can successfully complete the course on the basis of:

  • The content of your work portfolio that represents your current level of achievement;
  • The result of either a face-to-face or an electronic interview;
  • Evidence of ability to cope with the academic demands of the course if you do not have an undergraduate degree.

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