Partnerships and Pathways

Pathways - Higher Education

D&A qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised. Although most graduates head straight into the creative industry's workforce, some students wish to continue their undergraduate or postgraduate studies at other tertiary institutions.

D&A has strong institutional relationships that make pathways to higher education straightforward.

The college has assisted students with completing design degrees at the following institutions. Entry is assessed based on portfolios.

  • Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, Auckland
  • Central St Martins Fashion College, London
  • Joe Blasco School of Makeup, Hollywood
  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Ara Institute of Canterbury
  • Lincoln University
  • Massey University
  • Otago Polytechnic
  • Victoria University
  • Auckland University of Technology
  • Canterbury University
  • Goldsmith University of London

D&A in the Community 

Community Projects

D&A students are often out in the community gaining experience and assisting with design and arts projects.


Throughout the year students from D&A hold exhibitions. At the conclusion of each course, students get to exhibit their final work to industry representatives and the public in their graduate exhibition. This provides the opportunity for students to present their portfolios for employment purposes.

Fashion and Visual Show

The Fashion and Visual Show is a collaboration of talent from fashion and makeup students that culminates in a show of work to the public and key industry groups.


D&A is committed to developing and promoting design and arts through the sponsorship of local and national events.

Industry Partnerships

Internships, work experience and 'live' briefs are integrated into most D&A courses. These experiences provide students with the opportunities to understand and be part of the working world of design and arts.

These experiences can lead to important industry contacts or employment outcomes.

Business studies are covered in each of D&A's Diploma level courses so that students can develop skills in business communication and get introduced to the self-marketing strategies necessary to enter the design industry.