National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level: 9
Exit qualification: Master of Fine Arts
Qualification Code: PC2275
Duration: 2 years low residency
Next Intake: January
Application Deadline: 31 October - late applications will be considered
Places Available: Maximum 12 per intake
Campus: Main Campus, 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
The Whitecliffe Master of Fine Arts (MFA) is ideal for practising artists, designers and educators looking to up-skill and develop artistically. The MFA is structured to allow students to energise their creativity while maintaining professional commitments.
The two-year, low-residency MFA is on offer to students with demonstrated (not just potential) commitment and ability who are currently engaged in creative production. The MFA requires dedication to self-directed learning and continuing professional development. The first semester establishes studio practice, research skills and supervisor relationships.
Following a first semester of studio research preparation students must present a preliminary body of visual work and an academic research paper examining theoretical issues relevant to their studio practice in order to continue on within the programme. Throughout the remainder of the course students to prepare a comprehensive body of work for exhibition and present a formal academic dissertation.
Students work closely with individually-selected and Whitecliffe-approved studio research supervisors who are often senior artists working in the student's local community. Students keep in touch with lecturers and other students through online communication. Internet access and computer proficiancy is essential.
Students are required to attend four one-week seminars a year, which generally coincide with New Zealand school holidays. The Auckland-based seminars provide the theoretical and practical backbone of the programme and provide opportunities for formal and informal critique of students' work by Whitecliffe faculty, visiting international and national artists and fellow students.
Seminar topics include studio research methods, visual and critical performance, research theory, practice and ethics, critical theory and contemporary cultural context designed to build a community of artists and scholars.
The application deadline is 31 October, however applications for admission can be submitted anytime. Applications received after the preferential deadline will be considered for entry subject to places being available.
The Master of Fine Arts Degree has been approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.
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