Background to the Mandatory Review

In early 2013, National Qualifications Services (NQS) was appointed as lead organisation for the review. This followed communication to stakeholders, in August 2012, who endorsed the options for facilitation of the review, and proposed timing for the review’s commencement.

Draft Creative Arts qualifications were developed within the following areas:

  • 5 Arts and Design
  • 3 Creativity
  • 2 Fashion and 1 Fashion Design
  • 3 Jewellery, 1 Manufacturing Jewellery and 1 Watch and Clock Making
  • 4 Digital Media and Design, 2 Animation, 2 Graphic Design, and 2 Photography
  • 1 User Interface Design and 1 Web Design and Development.

Qualifications based on Mātauranga Māori have been reviewed in parallel, within the Ngā Toi Māori review.

The purpose of the mandatory review was to reduce the duplication and proliferation of qualifications on a national scale, and ensure that qualifications are useful, relevant and valuable to current and future learners, employers and other stakeholders.

Governance Group

The Creative Arts Governance Group (CAGG) was established to have strategic leadership and direction, and an effective decision making structure for the review. A nomination and selection process was used to determine the Governance Group. Composition of the Governance Group is up to 12 people from a range of Creative Arts related groups or organisations.

Current membership of the Governance Group is

  • Gerben Cath
  • Graham Rockett
  • Grant Thompson
  • Mike Saywell
  • Noel Brown
  • Sue McLaren
  • Suzette Major

Previous members

  • Donna Freeman
  • Mark Pearce
  • Sue Sewell

Review progress

December 2013 – April 2014

Consultation on the new Creative Arts qualifications was held December 2013 and January 2014.  The majority of feedback was supportive of the new qualifications. With Creative Arts Governance Group (CAGG) agreement, a suite of new Creative Arts qualifications was first submitted for 'Approval to Develop' in January 2014.

A gap in the suite of Jewellery qualifications was identified post-submission of the application for 'Approval to Develop'. It was identified that qualifications would also be needed for Jewellery Industry Registration Board of New Zealand (JIRBNZ) graduates (apprentices).

April – October 2014

In April 2014 National Qualifications Services (NQS) received approval to develop the suite of Creative Arts qualifications.

With the approval to develop received, working groups reconvened during May-August 2014 to focus on refining the draft qualifications to include specifications and conditions relating to the qualifications and graduate profile outcomes.

Consultation on the refined draft qualifications occurred during July-October 2014. See July-October 2014 consultation documents for further details.

October 2014 – March 2015

The draft Creative Arts qualifications were submitted for 'Approval to List' in October and November 2014. The analyst considered the application and provided feedback on 12 February 2015, requesting additional information and some alterations to the draft qualifications. The response to this was provided in March 2015.

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