Undergraduate scholarships 2017

Fine Arts and Photo Media

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design offers two scholarships which are open to applicants to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Year One.


All applicants for these Scholarships must be:

•    New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

•    Applying for their first year of undergraduate study as a new student with Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

One scholarship is available for an applicant intending to progress at Year Two into FINE ARTS and the second for an applicant intending to progress at Year Two into PHOTO MEDIA

The Fine Arts and the Photo Media scholarships are both awarded in two parts.  The first at the start of Year One to the value of a $3,000 reduction in the annual tuition fee, the second at the start of Year Two upon successful completion of Year One and re-enrolment at Whitecliffe into the designated major –to the value of a $3,000 reduction in the annual tuition fee for Year Two.

Applicants should submit a scholarship application form along with their application to Whitecliffe Year One. Applicants must meet all of the entry criteria to Whitecliffe Year One and the scholarship applications must be accompanied by:

-    a digital portfolio

-    an enhanced letter of intent (approx. 300 words)

-    a letter of reference from an art teacher or mentor

Applications for the scholarships close on Monday 31 October 2016. The scholarships will be awarded in November, following completion by all applicants of the usual Whitecliffe admissions procedures including an interview. Scholarships are awarded by department faculty based on evidence in the portfolio of the potential to undertake tertiary study in the declared major and upon the ability of the applicant to express their intentions and/or aspirations successfully in the letter of intent, and further upon support from the art teacher or mentor as presented in the letter of reference.

The scholarship portfolio and Year One application portfolio may be the same. Students will not be disadvantaged if their school portfolio does not include Photo Media work. Students in this instance should address their Photo Media aspirations in their letters of intent. Applicants may also wish to include work created independent of their high school.

If the scholarship winner withdraws their enrolment, the scholarship is awarded to the next best candidate.

The second part of the scholarship is only awarded if the student successfully progresses into the major for which it was awarded i.e. the student must progress and undertake Year Two Photo Media in order to secure the Photo Media scholarship part two, the same for Fine Arts.

New Zealand Scholarships

There are a number of scholarships offered to school leavers and mature students in New Zealand through trusts, iwi, and other organisations such as government departments. The Maori Education Trust administers a number of scholarships for Maori students, while the Pacific Business Trust offers a list of scholarships available to Pacific students in Achievers magazine.

There are two excellent websites that provide comprehensive information about scholarships available in New Zealand:

BreakOut has over 2,000 different scholarships on its database and is available free of charge in some public libraries and schools, but you have to pay a small fee to register.

Career Services has a comprehensive list of scholarships as well and is free.

Application for a Scholarship can be made on the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Application form. Forms can be downloaded by clicking the links under each scholarship.

Scholarship Application Form

Click here to download Scholarship Application Form