Programmes of Study⠀

Independence, creativity and risk-taking are strongly encouraged within Whitecliffe programmes from foundation to postgraduate level. Programmes provide opportunities for you as a student to challenge, test and stretch yourself, but always with the support and stimulation of the Whitecliffe close-knit creative community.

Whitecliffe undergraduate qualifications include a 20-week Certificate at foundation level and a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with majors in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Photography. Professional business courses, contextual studies and English language support complete the tool-box of artistic and entrepreneurial opportunity provided to undergraduates.

Internships, fieldwork and student exhibitions are an integral part of the Whitecliffe curriculum. Our vibrant student community is exposed to the contemporary arts and design world through exhibitions, international guests and industry professionals. As part of our encouragement of careers in the arts, Whitecliffe also provides comprehensive professional grounding in areas such as business, marketing and ethics.

Postgraduate opportunities are available to students wanting to up-skill or gain professional skills in the creative areas of Arts Management, Arts Therapy and Fine Arts. Currently Whitecliffe is the only tertiary provider in New Zealand offering postgraduate study in arts therapy and arts management.

The Whitecliffe low-residency Masters programme approach has been designed so students can organise work and home life around the demands of study. Low-residency involves a mix of online home-based study and intensive on-campus seminar weekends (MA programmes), or week-long seminars (MFA/MAAT Clinical).



Exit Qualification: Bridging Programmes

Programme Duration, NQF Level, and Entry Requirements:

Foundation Certificate of Arts and Design

18 weeks (Level 4).

17 years in first year of study, IELTS 5.0 or equivalent. No portfolio.
Or

Foundation Certificate of Arts and Design with English Language Assistance (1 Year Bridging Programme)

1 Year (Level 4).

18 Years in first year of study, IELTS 4.5 or equivalent. No portfolio.

Undergraduate Programmes


Certificate of Arts and Design

Year One of BFA (Level 5).

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. NCEA Level 2 or equivalent. Portfolio.
Or

Preparatory Certificate of Arts and Design

Year One of BFA (Level 5).

IELTS 5.0 or equivalent. NCEA Level 2 or equivalent. Portfolio.


Diploma of Arts and Design in Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design or Photography, Film/Video

Year Two of BFA (Level 6).

Certificate of Arts and Design or Recognition of Prior Learning. Portfolio.


Advanced Diploma of Arts and Design in Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design or Photography, Film/Video

Year Three of BFA (Level 7).

Diploma of Arts and Design or Recognition of Prior Learning, Portfolio, or Adv. Dip. in Digital Media from Natcoll Design Technology.


Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design or Photography, Film/Video

Year Four of BFA (Level 7).

Adv. Dip. of Arts and Design or Recognition of Prior Learning, Portfolio, or Adv. Dip. of Art and Design from D&A College of New Zealand.


Postgraduate Programmes


Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (MAAT)

Master of Arts in Arts Therapy Clinical (MAAT-Clinical)

Master of Arts in Arts Management (MAAM)

2 Years low-residency, or 3 Years low-residency for MAAT-Clinical (Level 9).

Relevant Degree or equivalent, Recognition of Prior Learning, Portfolio for MFA.





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