Study Art, Design and Photography at SIT

If you love to create and want to immerse yourself into creativity, SIT's Art and Design courses will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to establish your career as an artist, designer or photographer. 

If you choose an on-campus course like the New Zealand Certificate in Creativity, you'll be Based at the SIT Downtown campus. Art students have their own 'creative hub' where you can mix and collaborate with film, animation, music, audio and fashion students.  The space also incorporates two art galleries in the heart of the city centre where you'll organise and run exhibitions for the public.

SIT also offers Distance Learning options through SIT2LRN for the New Zealand Certificate in Interior Décor and the New Zealand Diploma in Photography

These courses could lead to careers in fields such as photography, screen printing, graphic design, illustration, textiles, visual merchandising, interior design, self-employment and much, much more.

Programmes in Art, Design & Photography

Click on a circle in the table below to see the courses offered in each subject/qualification combination.

Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*


OShort Course33Art, Design & Photography2Gore


OCertificate33Art, Design & Photography1Invercargill

SIT2LRN Distance Learning

ODiploma33Art, Design & Photography4SIT2LRN Distance Learning
OCertificate33Art, Design & Photography4SIT2LRN Distance Learning


ODiploma33Art, Design & Photography21Telford
OCertificate33Art, Design & Photography21Telford
Masters Postgraduate Dip/Cert Graduate Dip/Cert Degree Diploma Certificate Short Course STAR / Gateway*

* STAR/Gateway programmes are only offered to NZ Secondary Schools

Programmes & Tutor Profiles

Student Profiles

Art, Design & Photography Courses

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One year full-time

Up to four years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long

The aims of the qualification are to:

  • Gain skills and knowledge that are directly relevant to working or further training in the arts/photography sector
  • Provide a base for learners to progress to more advanced studies or employment in photography
  • Produce dedicated, professional practitioners who hold a qualification which is well regarded by employers in the photography sector

Course Details

One year fulltime

Up to three years part-time

Intakes are 17 weeks long.

Important Information; The Certificate in Interior Decor (Level 4) is expiring at the end of 2019 and is being replaced with the New Zealand Certificate in Interior Decor (Level 4).  2019 will be the final year of delivery for the current certificate and will require students to either complete their studies in 2018, 2019, or choose papers which will allow them to cross credit into the new NZ Certificate.

The new NZ Certificate will be shorter, 60 credits, or one full-time intake, compared to 120 credits, or two full-time intakes required for the current Certificate.  Part-time studies can take place over a longer period.

For returning students that will not be able to complete in 2019, there are a number of CID papers that are planned to be cross creditable into the new NZ Certificate.  These papers are: CID1, CID2, CID3, CID4, CID6, CID7, CID8 and CID11.

Further information on cross credits and the new programme will be provided when available.

This course will equip you with the ability to undertake interior design work to satisfy your personal needs and/or plan a career or enter into further study in areas which specialise in interior design.

Course Details

17 weeks full-time

This qualification is for people wanting to gain foundation skills in creativity, including the ability to explore ideas in a range of conventions and media.

Industries and other communities in Nui Tireni New Zealand will benefit by having people who can use creative processes to experiment, communicate ideas and solve problems.

Graduates will be able to apply skills with some guidance in experimentation, communication of ideas, problem solving, risk-taking and self-evaluation in different areas of work and communities.

Course Details

Blended delivery - online with additional tutorial sessions at Telford Campus 

Start your journey to a qualification for professional or hobby interior design with the Introduction to Interior Décor paper, delivered by Blended Learning at Telford campus and at-home study online. Tutorials will be arranged as required.

Course Details

Four weeks

Tuesday 10am - 1pm

This is an Adult Community Education programme which endeavours to make art accessible and enjoyable to everyone.

By attending this course, you will learn and develop painting techniques using different mediums, as well as meet new people in a relaxed and social atmosphere.

Course Details

Part time

Learn to develop painting techniques and meet people in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Artists of all stages can learn the techniques involved in painting using watercolour, oil or acrylic paints. This is an Adult Community Education programme which endeavours to make art accessible and enjoyable for everyone, young and old.

Course Details