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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Education)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Transform lives with education

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Education) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in education without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Education) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in education. You can then go on to a postgraduate qualification in education if you wish.

With this diploma you’ll get skills and strategies for learning, from the sociological to the philosophical. You’ll explore the developmental and cultural factors that influence approaches to learning, and gain transferable skills that will serve you personally and professionally.

Get great skills

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Education) will develop your ability to analyse, articulate and disseminate ideas that incorporate a range of viewpoints. You’ll engage with the research that examines how we learn, what we learn, and how we transform that learning into action.

Explore your interests

The range of issues in education is vast, yet you’ll be able to explore topics of your choice in depth. Whatever inspires you, a major in education gives you access to a wide range of learning experiences to hone your abilities and enable you to engage positively in any context.

Your qualification options

Please note that the GradDipArts (Education) does not qualify you to be a teacher in New Zealand. If you want to be a teacher, you will also need to take a postgraduate teaching qualification. Please explore your options in our education pathways tool.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in how people learn and develop
  • Want to understand more about social and cultural aspects of education
  • Have a passion for a particular subject and want to explore it in depth


A Graduate Diploma in Arts (Education) provides the foundation for a range of careers in areas such as policy, professional practice, management and teaching. Our graduates are working in areas as diverse as:

  • Health professionals
  • Professional educators
  • Expert administrators
  • Management executives
  • Network administrators
  • Sales and marketing management

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