Programmes

Independence, creativity and risk-taking are strongly encouraged within Whitecliffe programmes from certificate 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 18-week Certificates in ARTS AND DESIGN or DIGITAL MEDIA and DESIGN and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with majors in FINE ARTS, PHOTO MEDIA, FASHION DESIGN and GRAPHIC DESIGN. 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 , FINE ARTS or FASHION and SUSTAINABILITY.

Currently Whitecliffe is the only tertiary provider in New Zealand offering postgraduate study in arts therapy.

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).


CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES

Certificate in Arts and Design


18 weeks (Level 4)

Domestic Students: 16 years of age turning 17 in first year of study.

No portfolio required.

International Students: 17 year of age turning 18 in first year of study.

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. No portfolio required.


Certificate in Digital Media and Design

18 weeks (Level 4)

Domestic Students:  Minimum of 16 years of age turning 17 in first year of study.

No portfolio required.

International Students: Minimum of 17 years of age turning 18 in first year of study.

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

No portfolio required.


UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): 

  • Fine Arts
  • Photo Media
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design

  • Four Year BFA (Level 7)

    One intake per year in mid-February.

    All applications treated on a case by case basis. All applicants are interviewed.

    Domestic Students: Minimum of 16 years of age turning 17 in first year of study.

    UE or NCEA Level 2 Literacy at the minimum. 

    Portfolio required.

    International Students: Minimum of 17 years of age turning 18 in first year of study.

    Completion of high school in home country. 

    IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.  

    Portfolio required.


    POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES

    Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

    Arts Therapy

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Therapy (PgDipArtsTherapy)
  • Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical)
  • Arts Management

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Management (PgDipArtsManagement)
  • Master of Arts in Arts Management (MA AM)

  • 1 Year Low-Residency Diploma (Level 8).

    2 Year Low-Residency Masters or 3 Years low-residency for MAAT - Clinical (Level 9).

    Relevant Degree or Recognition of Prior Learning.

    Portfolio for MFA.

    Suitable for full-time working professionals.

    International Students: As above plus IELTS 6.5 or equivalent




    For more details on how to apply, go to our Admissions section, or contact us at info@whitecliffe.ac.nz.