The University of Otago Diploma in Arts (DipArts) is a NZQA Level 5 qualification that enables highly motivated, near-miss university entrance students to gain a qualification that allows direct progression into the second year of the Bachelor of Arts degree.
This is a fast-track qualification suitable for domestic and international students who only just miss New Zealand university entrance requirements and who are well placed to succeed in level 5 studies and transition into university study through a focused and highly supported environment.
The Diploma in Arts leads into the second year of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in which students study from a large selection of arts and social science subjects.
Regulations for the Diploma in Arts (DipArts)
Admission to the Programme
- Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities).
- Every applicant shall either
- be an international student with an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 (with no individual band less than 5.0) or equivalent; have completed the final year of their high school system; and have gained the equivalent of a minimum B- average across at least three relevant subjects or
- be a student whose achievement at NCEA Level 3 or equivalent is deemed sufficient to meet the requirements of the programme even if their achievement does not meet the requirements for matriculation to the University.
Duration of the Programme
Candidates for the diploma shall follow a programme of study for one year of full-time study.
Structure of the Programme
- Every programme of study for the Diploma shall comprise PTWY 101, PTWY 102, PTWY 103, PTWY 104, PTWY 121, PTWY 122 and (PTWY 120 or PTWY 130) and a further 54 points from Arts and Music Schedule C.
- The 54 points from Arts and Music Schedule C must include no more than 18 points in the first semester and no fewer than 36 points in the 100-level requirements for one major subject.
Transfer of Enrolment
- Every student who completes the requirements of the programme of study may choose not to have the Diploma awarded and instead matriculate to the University and transfer the papers completed under the Diploma to any other undergraduate programme, subject to the regulations of that programme.
- Any student who does not complete the requirements of the programme of study but passes a minimum of 72 points including 36 points in Arts and Music Schedule C papers may matriculate to the University and transfer the papers completed under the Diploma to any other undergraduate qualification, subject to the regulations of that programme.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Humanities) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.