Postgraduate Programmes

If your dream is to expand your research abilities within fine arts or develop new professional skills around your passion for the arts, then postgraduate study at Whitecliffe has plenty to offer.

These courses are advanced degrees usually taken by students with undergraduate degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Some applicants may be eligible for admission to the Masters Degree programmes based on recognition of prior learning and experience.


Whitecliffe offers two unique Masters of Arts degrees in New Zealand; the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (MAAT) and the Master of Arts Therapy (Clinical). Whitecliffe also offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Masters of Arts in Arts Management (MAAM).

These MA's provide the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge and skills in the fields of arts therapy and arts management.


All postgraduate programmes are low residency in format, making it easy to fit study around work commitments.

MFA students attend four one-week seminars a year.

MA students attend 17 weekend seminars over two years.


Seminars include lectures, intensive critique and assessment and one-on-one interaction with faculty. Students network with visiting international and nationally renowned academics, art management and therapy practitioners, curators and critics. Students spend 25 to 30 hours each week on study including theoretical research and writing as well as studio production (MFA), internships (MAAM) and field work (MAAT).

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