Master of Fine Arts

National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level: 9
NQF Credits: 240
EFTS: 2.0
Exit qualification: Master of Fine Arts
Qualification Code: PC2275
Duration: 2 years low residency
Next Intake: January 2015
Application deadline: 31 October 2014

Places Available: Maximum of twelve per intake
Campus: Main Campus, 24 Balfour Road, Parnell, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

The Master of Fine Arts degree is a two-year low-residency programme, which requires, as a prerequisite for matriculation, a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or equivalent education and professional experience. It is designed to enable students with demonstrated commitment, experience and ability to build on their maturity as creative individuals, and establish a robust basis for continued creative expression. It is built around a comprehensive programme of supervised studio research and contextual studies requiring self-directed learning and continuing professional development.


The Master of Fine Arts programme is a challenging undertaking, which provides the opportunity for all participants to come into contact with internationally renowned artists, critics and curators enabling students to develop their art practice and a network of contacts that may otherwise be impossible to achieve. We encourage active dialogue between students and faculty in order to identify unique perspectives while deepening knowledge of the contexts individual students’ art operates within. Those of us who are involved in students learning – Whitecliffe senior faculty and research supervisors - are all committed to ensuring that this is an experience which will challenge and stretch, expand horizons, and take MFA candidates beyond their current knowledge base. It is our goal to provide you with an experience that will transform you and your art practice.

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Whitecliffe Master of Fine Arts requires attendance at 4 intensive five and six day seminars each year, plus a substantial amount of self-directed research and studio work, supported by appointed research supervisors. Students are free to continue in their employment, but must schedule release time as needed. Computer and Internet access are essential because communication with faculty, supervisors and other students is maintained online.


There is only one intake for the MFA (January) however, applications for admission can be submitted anytime. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered for entry subject to places being available. The Master of Fine Arts has been approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.


For all MFA Programme enquiries contact:

•    Postgraduate Programme Manager, Pam Young or

•    HOD Fine Arts, Noel Ivanoff

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