Welcome to Whitecliffe

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Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design was established in 1982 and is New Zealand’s leading private Arts and Design Tertiary Institution. All qualifications conferred by Whitecliffe are New Zealand Qualification Authority approved. The spacious, secure and modern campus is located in Parnell, which is a few minutes walk from Central Auckland.

Whitecliffe is an AWARD-WINNING institution which provides an innovative and rewarding environment with low student-to-lecturer ratios that enable lecturers to focus on the individual needs of students. The vibrant student community is exposed to the contemporary arts and design world through exhibitions, international guests and industry professionals.

Whitecliffe graduates are acknowledged for their innovation, individuality of design and for their creative thinking skills. As part of encouraging a career in the arts, Whitecliffe also provides comprehensive professional grounding in areas such as business studies, management studies, public relations marketing and ethics.

International students are warmly welcomed into the student body of 450 students and are well supported by faculty and staff.

Internationally-recognised programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are offered:


Certificate of Arts and Design

This programme enables students to complete a portfolio. It is offered as either an 18 week/ one semester option with two intakes per year in February or July, or the full academic year option that commences in February and includes instruction in English language, Completion of this programme assists students in meeting the requirements for entry into degree level study. This programme is not compulsory and students with a portfolio of a suitable standard may apply directly to the Bachelor of Fine Arts.


Bachelor of Fine Arts

Exit qualifications are offered at the successful completion of each year of the four year degree.

Year 1: Certificate of Arts and Design NZQF Level 5

Year 2: Diploma of Arts and Design NZQF Level 6

Year 3: Advanced Diploma of Arts and Design NZQF Level 7

Year 4: Bachelor of Fine Arts NZQF Level 7


Postgraduate Programmes

      The Masters programmes are each offered to appropriately qualified applicants as a two year low residency programme. The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy is offered as a one year programme

      Click on PROSPECTUS for each of the programmes listed above

      Click on GALLERIES to see work produced by Whitecliffe students