BFA Year Two

It is at second year that students start specialising in one of Whitecliffe's four majors: Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Photo Media.

The emphasis is on developing practical skills and theoretical knowledge in a specialty area. Students develop critical thinking, research, communication, presentation skills and specialist knowledge. Study includes social science, art and design history, and introductory business studies. Students who successfully complete Year Two gain entry into the third year of the programme. 

Programme Outcomes

Year two is based around a students' major in Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Fine Arts, and Photo Media. Students must also complete courses in Social Science, Art History, Business Studies and Art Practices. The remainder of the programme is made up of four one week intensive workshops and four core specialist/technical subjects related to their major.

Minimum Requirements

There are two options to enter the second year of the BFA programme:

  • Successful completion of the Whitecliffe BFA Year One. 
  • Advanced standing/Recognised Prior Learning (RPL).

The preferential application deadline for all years of the BFA is 31 October. Applications for admission can be submitted at anytime. Applications received after 31 October will be considered for entry subject to places being available.

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or advanced standing may be granted to students with experience of prior tertiary training or professional experience in arts and/or design. The Admissions Board may recommend transfer credit, credit waivers and/or eligibility to matriculate based on RPL. RPL must be requested at the time of application and/or no later than two weeks prior to the commencement of the course/s for which this is sought. Students may be required to enrol in other courses of equivalent credit value to maintain a full-time load (EFTS) when necessary. RPL can be based on verifiable, certified documentation, appropriate industry experience, an outstanding portfolio, demonstration of intellectual and academic development or other cause.

Applicants wishing to be considered for advanced standing, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), or cross-crediting of previous studies from other New Zealand or overseas tertiary institutions, must provide certified copies of academic transcripts. The Associate Dean of Instruction and Undergraduate Studies or the Associate Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies, in consultation with the relevant faculty member, evaluates transfer credits. This may also be done through the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).Transfer credits are granted only if the applicant's portfolio or previous study or experience is equivalent to work produced at Whitecliffe at the same level. Whitecliffe participates in the NZQA programme for Recognition of Prior Learning and recognises units recorded in the Record of Learning.

Creative potential is also a very important entry criteria for the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme which is why all applicants must submit a portfolio, whether they have had formal training in art and design or not.

National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level: 6
NQF Credits: 240 (120 per year)
EFTs: 2.0 (1.0 EFTs per year)
Duration: 1 years, full time
Next Intake: February
Preferential Applications by: 31 October
Places Available: 75
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