Take the first step into new worlds
The world is full of challenging and wonderful places. Studying the arts is your passport to discover these.
- Undergraduate, NZQF Level 5
- Auckland, Manawatū, Wellington
- 0.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning
If you wish to participate in university study without having to commit to completing a large set of courses, the Certificate in Arts could be right for you. It is also a good choice if you wish to take a few interest courses at university level.
The arts are the study of humanity: our history, beliefs, societies, languages, and cultures. They ask questions about how we think, how we communicate, how we live, and how we interact with our environment. They teach us to analyse the meaning behind what we are, what we do, and how we came to be that way.
You choose what you study
With a Massey CertArts you can study what you enjoy and explore subject areas that spark your interest. You can choose courses from 30 subject areas in humanities and social sciences. You can include courses from different disciplines, including one from outside the humanities and social sciences.
Why study arts at Massey?
Massey offers passionate and friendly lecturers, a world-class distance learning programme and access to multi-media learning materials.
Massey will prepare you to be a free and original thinker who will lead New Zealand into the future and help solve some of our big problems.
Careers and further study
Employers, industries and the labour market of the future need people who can thrive in an ever-changing labour market. They are looking for those who are able to effectively challenge and critique new encounters. Our arts programmes will develop your interpersonal, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to ensure you remain agile and able to take on the opportunities the future holds.
The arts can lead to a wide range of career opportunities including:
- aid and disaster relief workers
- business managers
- conflict resolution
- customs/immigration officers
- defence forces
- disaster relief
- family therapists
- foreign affairs
- human resources
- international business
- media production
- mental health practitioners
- policy development and analysis
- project management
- public relations
- research managers
- risk management
- school principals
- sign language interpreters
- special education needs
- specialist teachers
- speech writers
- teaching English overseas
- travel and hospitality.
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
English language and foundation courses
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
- Courses – 45 credits
- Elective – 15 credits
Courses for this programme
|114241||Principles of Human Resources Management||15|
|114330||Equity and Diversity in the Workplace||15|
|114396||Strategic Human Resource Management||15|
|115113||Economics for Business||15|
|121213||Land and Water Science||15|
|121313||Applied River Management||15|
|130202||Introduction to Emergency Management||15|
|130203||Disaster Risk Management||15|
|130301||Incident Command Systems||15|
|131121||Rich World, Poor World||15|
|131221||Global Development Issues||15|
|131321||Strategies for Sustainable Development||15|
|132101||Introduction to Professional Planning||15|
|132111||Oranga Taiao, Oranga Tangata: Planning and the Environment||15|
|132112||Planning for Sustainable Development||15|
|132217||Planning Hazard-Resilient Communities||15|
|132304||Tūhono Taiao: Foundation of Māori Planning||15|
|132305||Natural Resource Policy and Planning||15|
|132314||Transport and Urban Planning||15|
|134101||Knowledge and Reality||15|
|134105||Philosophy of Religion: God, Freedom and Evil||15|
|134106||Justice and Equality||15|
|134201||Philosophy of Mind, Consciousness and Cognition||15|
|134204||Philosophy of Art and Music||15|
|134207||Rights and Reconciliation||15|
|134213||Resistance, Rebellion and Revolution||15|
|134214||Knowledge as a Social Phenomenon||15|
|134220||Business and Professional Ethics||15|
|134221||Great Asian Thinkers||15|
|134308||Philosophy of Science||15|
|139104||Drama in Performance||15|
|139111||Podcasting: Producing Audio Stories||15|
|139123||Creative Writing I||15|
|139139||Introduction to English Literature||15|
|139142||Imaginary Worlds: Science Fiction and Fantasy||15|
|139202||Romantic Writing: Self and Nature||15|
|139209||Speaking: Theory and Practice||15|
|139220||Theatre for Change||15|
|139224||Making Plays for Theatre||15|
|139225||Writing for Children||15|
|139231||Health Writing: Theory and Practice||15|
|139232||Crime Story: Detection as a Narrative Genre||15|
|139239||Literary Landmarks: Words that Changed the World||15|
|139244||Writing for the Public||15|
|139246||Text Image Design: Digital Technical Writing||15|
|139255||Critical Periods in Aotearoa New Zealand Literature||15|
|139270||Young Adult Fiction||15|
|139280||Creative Writing II: Creative Nonfiction||15|
|139305||Twentieth Century Literature||15|
|139306||Writing Shakespeare’s England||15|
|139307||Territory, Modernity, and Victorian Literature||15|
|139309||Eco-fictions and Non-fictions||15|
|139320||Theatre in Production||15|
|139325||The Gothic Imagination||15|
|139329||Advanced Fiction Writing||15|
|139333||Creativity in the Community||15|
|139340||The Publishing Project||15|
|139362||Oceanic Literatures of Aotearoa: Ngā Tuhinga Kōrero o te Moana nui a Kiwa||15|
|139380||Creative Writing III: Starting Your Manuscript||15|
|145111||Society, Environment and Place||15|
|145202||Working With Geographic Data||15|
|145203||Geographies of Inequality||15|
|145213||Resource Conservation and Sustainability||15|
|145214||Social Change and Environment||15|
|145300||Cartography and Data Visualisation||15|
|145301||Research Practice in Human Geography||15|
|145311||Geographies of Globalisation||15|
|146101||Understanding Cultural Difference||15|
|146201||Making the Self||15|
|146202||Migration and Belonging||15|
|146203||Religion, Nature and Sustainability||15|
|146204||Following the Monsoon||15|
|146209||Food and Eating||15|
|146210||Anthropology of Ritual, Religion, and Witchcraft||15|
|146211||Systems of Healing||15|
|146308||Taking Anthropology to the World||15|
|146309||The Ethnography of Aotearoa New Zealand||15|
|146310||Science, Culture, and Politics||15|
|147201||Issues in Rehabilitation||15|
|148116||The Medieval World and its Legacy||15|
|148141||A History of New Zealand's Peoples||15|
|148142||The American Century||15|
|148143||The Past as Entertainment: History Through Movies, Mini-series and Games||15|
|148220||The Second World War||15|
|148221||The Black Death and Other Plagues, 1300-1700||15|
|148241||Revolution, Rights and the Atlantic World||15|
|148242||The Age of Chivalry and Crusades||15|
|148243||The Sixties: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll?||15|
|148244||The Great War 1914-1918: a Military and Social History||15|
|148245||Māori and Colonisation||15|
|148248||Reformers, Radicals & Revolutionaries: Protest in New Zealand||15|
|148308||New Zealand Military History: 1899 to 2001||15|
|148309||The New Zealand Wars||15|
|148310||The Tudors and the Reformation||15|
|148316||New Zealand Between the Wars||15|
|148333||The Napoleonic Wars||15|
|148339||Court Culture in Late Medieval Europe||15|
|150103||Nau mai e noho: Engaging with Māori||15|
|150112||Hauora Tangata: Foundations of Māori Health||15|
|150114||He Tirohanga Taketake: Māori Perspectives||15|
|150201||Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society||15|
|150202||Mauri ora: Māori Wellbeing and Vitality||15|
|150204||Mana Māori: Māori and Politics||15|
|150205||Kura Mai Tawhiti: Māori Knowledge||15|
|150301||Te Mana Te Kawanatanga: Māori Policy and the State||15|
|150302||Whānau ora: Principles of Flourishing Whānau||15|
|150303||Mana Wahine: Māori Women||15|
|150304||Te Ao Hurihuri: Contemporary Māori Issues||15|
|152325||Designing and Developing Organisations||15|
|154101||Introduction to Media Studies||15|
|154202||Advertising and Consumer Society||15|
|154203||Popular Culture and the Media||15|
|154204||Digital Media Production I||15|
|154206||International Film History||15|
|154224||Documentary (Non-Fiction) Film||15|
|154250||Digital Media: Theory and Practice||15|
|154301||Culture, Power and The Media||15|
|154302||Gender and Race in the Media||15|
|154304||Digital Media Production II||15|
|154311||Social Media and Digital Cultures||15|
|154313||Global Media Cultures||15|
|154315||Popular Music Studies||15|
|154316||New Zealand Cinema||15|
|160204||Differential Equations I||15|
|160301||Real and Complex Analysis||15|
|160318||Differential Equations II||15|
|161101||Statistics for Business||15|
|161101||Statistics for Business||15|
|161222||Design and Analysis of Experiments||15|
|170102||Women of Ideas and Action||15|
|170201||What is Feminism?||15|
|172131||Language and Communication||15|
|172133||Introduction to Language Studies||15|
|172231||Linguistics for Speech Therapists||15|
|172232||Language and Society in New Zealand||15|
|172233||Language Learning Processes||15|
|172235||Linguistic Analysis of the English Language||15|
|172237||Language, Discourse and Power||15|
|172239||Language and Culture||15|
|172330||Sounds and Structures||15|
|172333||Discourse and Institutions||15|
|172335||Language and Identity||15|
|172336||Languages of the Pacific||15|
|172337||Historical and Comparative Linguistics||15|
|172338||Language, Diversity and Mediated Communication||15|
|175101||Psychology as a Social Science||15|
|175102||Psychology as a Natural Science||15|
|175203||Introduction to Psychological Research||15|
|175205||Brain and Behaviour||15|
|175206||Memory and Cognition||15|
|175210||Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology||15|
|175302||Introduction to Clinical Psychology||15|
|175303||The Practice of Psychological Research||15|
|175304||The Psychology of Security||15|
|175306||Assessment of Individual Differences||15|
|175311||Psychology of Women||15|
|175313||Gender and Violence||15|
|175316||Evolution, Culture and Mind||15|
|175343||Personnel Psychology and Career Development||15|
|176101||The Sociological Imagination||15|
|176106||The Stuff of Everyday Life||15|
|176218||Race, Nation and Modernity||15|
|176222||Cities in the Twenty-first Century||15|
|176223||Social Inequality and Justice||15|
|176224||Gender: Bodies that Matter||15|
|176302||Research Design and Practice||15|
|176308||Sociology of the Environment||15|
|176322||The World of Work: Contemporary Issues||15|
|176324||Imagining Other Worlds||15|
|176325||The Politics of Truth||15|
|178100||Principles of Economic Policy||15|
|178110||The New Zealand Economy||15|
|178221||Methods of Economic Analysis||15|
|178250||Contemporary Economic Issues||15|
|178280||Economic Analysis and Applications||15|
|178300||Macroeconomic Policy and Applications||15|
|178301||Microeconomic Theory and Applications||15|
|178307||Markets, Firms and Consumers||15|
|178308||Economic Analysis of Money, Banking and Financial Markets||15|
|178352||Survey of International Economics||15|
|178358||International Trade in Agri-food Products||15|
|179202||Applied Research for Social Policy and Social Work||15|
|179230||The Wellbeing of Pacific Peoples in New Zealand||15|
|179330||Māori Development and the Social Services||15|
|192101||English for Academic Purposes for Speakers of Other Languages||15|
|192102||Academic Writing in English for Speakers of Other Languages||15|
|200100||Politics of Culture and Power||15|
|200161||Introduction to Politics||15|
|200201||Middle Eastern Politics||15|
|200215||Foundations of Political Thought||15|
|200302||Israel/Palestine and the Arab World||15|
|200303||Global Democratic Politics||15|
|200315||Contemporary Political Thought||15|
|200361||Contemporary New Zealand Politics||15|
|201103||Magic and Witchcraft||15|
|201114||The Roman Republic||15|
|201117||Greek and Roman Warfare||15|
|201201||The Pursuit of Happiness in the Classical World||15|
|201211||Love and Sexuality in Ancient Greece||15|
|201216||The Trojan War||15|
|201218||Greek and Roman Religion||15|
|201219||Greek Art and Society||15|
|201231||Leaders and Leadership in the Classical World||15|
|201313||Greek Tragedy, Then and Now||15|
|201317||Ancient Multiculturalism: Egypt, Greece and Rome||15|
|201318||Greek and Roman Religion||15|
|201320||Roman Art and Society||15|
|219207||Writing for Public Relations and Digital Media||15|
|219234||Editing & Publishing||15|
|219302||Gender and Communication in Organisations||15|
|219312||Risk and Crisis Communication||15|
|230102||Pacific Peoples in New Zealand||15|
|230110||Tūrangawaewae: Identity & Belonging in Aotearoa NZ||15|
|230111||Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry||15|
|230112||Tū Arohae: Critical Thinking||15|
|230121||Future State: New Zealand in the 21st Century||15|
|230210||Tū Rangaranga: Global Encounters||15|
|230310||Tū Tira Mai: Practising Engagement||15|
|233105||Our Dynamic Earth||15|
|233212||Earth Surface Processes||15|
|233214||GIS and Spatial Statistics||15|
|241103||Ancient Chinese World pre-republic (1912)||15|
|241107||China under Transformation: Economy, Society and Diplomacy||15|
|241208||Contemporary Chinese Society in Literature and Film||15|
|241304||Contrastive Study of Chinese and English||15|
|241305||Translation from and into Chinese||15|
|241395||Individual Research Project in Chinese Studies||15|
|242103||Introduction to Japanese Culture||15|
|242304||Reading and Writing about Current Japan||15|
|242305||Readings in Modern Japanese Literature||15|
|243101||Introductory French Language I||15|
|243102||Introductory French Language II||15|
|243201||Intermediate French Language I||15|
|243202||Intermediate French Language II||15|
|243301||Advanced French Language||15|
|243304||Contemporary French Popular Culture||15|
|245101||Introductory Spanish Language I||15|
|245102||Introductory Spanish Language II||15|
|245103||Hispanic Culture and Heritage||15|
|245201||Intermediate Spanish Language I||15|
|245202||Intermediate Spanish Language II||15|
|245203||The Sound of Spanish: Diction, Dialects and Diversity||15|
|245204||Latin American Voices||15|
|245301||Advanced Spanish Language||15|
|245302||Theory and Practice of Spanish Translation||15|
|245303||Latin American Rhythms and Politics: From Tango to Rock||15|
|245304||Travellers' Tales: the Invention of Latin America||15|
|245305||Spanish Conversation on Film||15|
|249284||Introduction to Equity and Inclusion in Education||15|
|249286||Equity and Diversity in Education||15|
|249384||Consultation and Collaboration in Inclusive Education||15|
|254101||An Introduction to Social and Cultural Studies in Education||15|
|254200||Learning in the Digital World||15|
|254201||Philosophy of Education||15|
|254203||Sociologically Imagining Education||15|
|254300||Historical Perspectives on Education||15|
|254304||Critical Theories of Education||15|
|254337||Teaching and Learning with Pasifika Peoples in NZ||15|
|254340||Politics of Education||15|
|256304||Positive Behaviour for Learning||15|
|258301||Language, Literacy and Cognitive Development||15|
|263200||Teaching as an Act of Influencing Others||15|
|263301||Learning and Motivation||15|
|263315||Teaching and Learning in Everyday Settings||15|
|263331||Assessment and Learning||15|
|264200||How People Learn||15|
|269332||Māori Issues in Education||15|
|275203||Development in Childhood||15|
|275208||Development in Adolescence||15|
|275304||Development of Gender||15|
|275320||Risk and Resilience across the Lifespan||15|
|276330||Mathematics and Literacy in Society||15|
|279101||Social Policy: An Introduction||15|
|279201||Social Policy: Concepts and Theories||15|
|279203||Law, Government and Social Policy||15|
|279301||Government Policy, Planning and Administration||15|
|279302||Policy Research and Evaluation||15|
|292101||Introductory Portuguese Language I||15|
|292102||Introductory Portuguese Language 2||15|
|292201||Intermediate Portuguese Language I||15|
|292202||Intermediate Portuguese Language 2||15|
|292301||Advanced Portuguese Language||15|
|292305||Brazilian Culture and Heritage||15|
|294115||War and Society||15|
|294151||History of Warfare||15|
|294170||Introduction to Border Security||15|
|294180||Introduction to Security Studies||15|
|294201||States, Borders and Resource Security||15|
|294215||Global Defence Challenges||15|
|294272||Intelligence in the Security Environment||15|
|294280||Security and Diplomacy||15|
|294301||Legacies of War||15|
|294304||Cyber and Information Security||15|
|294325||Contemporary Peace Operations||15|
|294350||The History of Defence and Security Intelligence||15|
|294381||Terrorism and Political Violence||15|
|300110||Te Reo Whakahoahoa: Socialising in Te Reo||15|
|300111||Te Reo Kōnakinaki: Developing Te Reo||15|
|300209||Te Reo Torangapu: Political Te Reo||15|
|300210||Te Reo Kōrerorero: Discussing in Te Reo||15|
|300211||Te Reo Whakanakonako: Embellishing Te Reo||15|
|300310||Te Reo Auaha: Creative Writing in Te Reo||15|
|300311||Te Reo Papa: Strengthening Te Reo||15|
|300312||Te Reo o te Marae: Karanga and Whaikorerorero||15|
Planning your programme
This programme can be completed in one semester of full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study.
How do I move to a Diploma in Arts?
When you have passed your four courses for the Certificate in Arts. you continue on with your study. For your next enrolment, you will enrol under the Diploma in Arts. The four courses you completed for the certificate now go towards your diploma.
Fees and scholarships
Fees and finance
Fees, student loans and free fees scheme
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
Already know which courses you're going to choose?
You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.
Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.
A good fit if you:
- are curious about humanity and have wide-ranging interests
- want the flexibility to follow your passions
- would like to take a few courses for interest.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
Applying and enrolling
Applying for the programme
Check you are ready
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
Choose your programme and click on Apply now
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
Enrolling in courses
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
- prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
- corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
- restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
- location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
What are courses and credits?
What are courses and credits?
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
- See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
- Courses search
Understanding course numbers
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
- sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
- undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
- as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.