Welcome to Hungry Creek Art & Craft School

We welcome international students and have had very talented students complete their studies here. Our values of caring for the individual, creative excellence, safe and sustainable practices offer the international student a great place to study. Along with our small classes and individual tutoring international students are able to achieve their goals.

Hungry Creek will help international applicants with all aspects of the enrolment process, from arriving at the airport to helping find accommodation and assisting with Visa renewals etc

International Students may study part time or full time towards our NZQA accredited qualifications. The School is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.


International student fees 2017

Jewellery Qualifications

Certificate in Jewellery (1 year)NZQF level 4. NZ$16,000 per year
Diploma in Jewellery (3 years)NZQF level 6. NZ$16,000 per year
Diploma in Art & Craft Advanced Jewellery (1 year) NZQF level 7. NZ$16,000 per year

Art and Craft Qualifications

Certificate in Art & Craft (1 year) NZQF level 4. NZ$16,000 per year
Diploma in Art & Craft (3 years) NZQF level 6. NZ$16,000 per year
Diploma in Art & Craft Advanced (1 year) NZQF level 7. NZ$16,000 per year

Bachelor of Visual Arts: $22,010 approx per year.

Term Dates



February Intake:

12 February 2018 – 30 November 2018

We no longer have a July Intake for study. 

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Student Fee Protection

In order to protect student fees, Hungry Creek Art & Craft School has entered into an agreement with Public Trust to establish Student Fee Trust Accounts. You will be required to sign an application with the Public Trust who will hold your fees in an account and allocate a percentage of your fee to be paid in to our bank account throughout the duration of your course. This protects your fee money in the unlikely event that the school goes out of business. Your fee can be paid directly into the Public Trust Account. Contact the school for the correct bank account number. For further information, contact Public Trust on 0800 494 733 or visit the website

Entry Requirements

To read about the Entry Requirements for international students please click here.

Important Links

Download the Hungry Creek International Students Handbook

General Information

Each year of full-time study is 36 weeks, 30 hours per week.

Part-time formal study involves 2-3 days per week, 12-18 hours, for two years for each equivalent year of full-time study. The specifics of part-time study are on an individual basis and are discussed with the student at the time of their interview.

Student loans

Student Loans are a government loan provided to pay course fees. Student Allowances are paid to help students with living costs while studying. To find out what your entitlement is, please call Studylink on 0800 88 99 00 or visit

In order to protect student fees, we have entered into an agreement with the Public Trust.

For more information on Public Trust phone 0800 494 733, visit, or contact the school.


The school provides most of the materials required to complete the first year of the qualifications. Students are advised to budget the following amounts for materials:

Year 1: $300 – $500

Years 2, 3 & 4: $300 – $1000

Jewellery students are encouraged to purchase a basic set of hand tools in their first year. Tool kits may be purchased through the school for approximately $500.


The school hosts several exhibitions of students work and open days throughout the year. For an events calendar contact the school or visit the website.

Part time classes

Classes are available in a variety of subjects including: Life Drawing, Painting, Pottery, Jewellery, Sculpture.

For more information please contact the school


Accommodation options include: home stay, shared flatting, hostel, backpackers, hotels or motels. We will assist you to secure accommodation prior to you applying for your study visa and departing from your home country.

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students

We are proud to be an approved school to accept International Students. Hungry Creek Art & Craft School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at

Student visa NZ Immigration Service

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at If you enrol for a course for a period three months or less, then you do not need a visa or permit to study in New Zealand but you must have a valid visitor permit.

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website at

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Students must provide evidence of medical and travel insurance on enrollment. The school will keep a record of this cover provided. Southern Cross offers comprehensive insurance cover especially designed for international students studying in New Zealand. For more information on premiums and cover or to apply online go to

Language Requirements

Command of the English language is desirable to a level of 5.5 on the International Language Testing System IELTS. Full information on the testing can be found on their website or we can assist you in finding a suitable institution that offers IELTS testing.

Entry Criteria

International Students: Applications from International Students are welcome.

Certificate Year 1

School leavers who have achieved NCEA Level 3. Those over 21 are offered a place by interview.

Recognition of prior learning is offered to applicants.

Diploma Year 2-3

Those who have completed Level 4 in a similar area from other institutions are welcome to apply.

Advanced Diploma Year 4

The advanced diploma is open to those who have completed the Diploma in Art & Craft, or Jewellery, or a similar study at another institution.

Bachelor of Visual Arts Delivered by Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic at Hungry Creek

Students who have completed the Diploma in Art & Craft (Level 6) or Diploma in Jewellery (Level 6) are accepted via portfolio and statement of intent along the same requirements as outlined on the website: for all students applying to the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Recognition of Prior Learning

If the applicant has completed relevant study at another tertiary institution, they may apply for recognition. This may include study in New Zealand, or overseas, or work in a related field (to be discussed at an interview).

Postgraduate Programmes Delivered by Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic at Hungry Creek

Graduates of the Diploma in Art & Craft Advanced (Level 7) or equivalent, based upon portfolio assessment, are advised to apply for the postgraduate programme, pending interview.