Admissions Information

Below are specific entry requirements for admission to study Whitecliffe programmes.

If you require any assistance with entry requirements or your application to enrol, contact our admissions team: admissions@whitecliffe.ac.nz or call us on 0800 800 300

Arts + Design Programmes

Certificate in Arts + Design and
Certificate in Digital Media + Design

NZQF Level 4, 60 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Manukau campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • No portfolio required

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • An interview may be required - this can be arranged via telephone or online
  • No portfolio required

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop, or tablet for the job.

Recommended IT Specifications for Certificate in Arts and Design:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum 
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software   

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 

Recommended IT Specifications for Certificate in Digital Media and Design:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
    AND Recommend
  • A Wacom Intuos - small (USB drawing tablet needed for projects)
  • May use Apple iPad Pro and pencil.
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 


Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fine ArtsPhoto Media

NZQF Level 7, 360 credits
Taught at: Auckland campus

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Domestic students must be at least 18 years of age at the commencement of their study.
  • NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB award.
  • Discretionary Entrance is available to students who have gained exceptional marks in accomplishing NCEA Level 2, including UE literacy requirements (5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing at level 2).
  • Discretionary Entrance is available to students who have gained a Level 4 Arts and Design certificate of at least 60 credits.
  • Discretionary Entrance is available to students who are over 20 years of age.
  • Interview: All applicants for this programme are interviewed.
  • Portfolio: This is brought to the interview and should include between 12-24 examples of original work showing breadth of ability.
  • Letter of Intent: A 250-word letter of intent outlining reasons for wanting to study the BFA programme and desired pathway

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: International students must be at least 18 years of age during their first semester of study. Where the student is under 18 years of age for part of their first year of study they must have evidence of a guardian domiciled in Auckland.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Academic Transcripts: School or previous tertiary results
  • Interview: All applicants for this programme are interviewed. International student interviews are conducted via telephone or online
  • Portfolio: This is brought to the interview and should include between 12-24 examples of original work showing breadth of ability. International Students may submit their portfolio digitally
  • Letter of Intent: A 250-word letter of intent outlining reasons for wanting to study the BFA programme and desired pathway
  • Full-time study: International students enrolled into a degree or higher-level programme, including low residence and/or online or blended learning delivery, will be required to enrol into 60 credits per semester and meet the attendance requirements of the programme.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, the following specifications will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)

Macbook Pro (preferred)
AND dedicated GPU (Graphics card)

May use Apple iPad Pro for drawing. 


Bachelor of Design + Digital Media*

NZQF Level 7, 360 credits
Taught at: Auckland campus

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including: NCEA Level 3; 14 credits each in three approved subjects and UE Literacy (NCEA Level 2 or above; 10 credits with 5 credits each in reading and writing) and UE Numeracy (NCEA Level 1 or above; 10 credits
    OR
  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above and the equivalent of UE Literacy and Numveracy
    OR
  • New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4)
    OR
  • New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)
    OR
  • A New Zealand or overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to the above by the Head of School
    OR
  • Passes in other certificate/diploma qualifications or courses as considered appropriate by the Head of School
  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for admission with approval from the Head of School*

*Under delegation, the HoS will consider qualifications, programmes, and courses, domestic and international by analysing if deemed necessary, to ascertain suitability and capability the HoS will conduct an interview to gauge the applicants commitment to pursue study and potential for a successful outcome.

  • the course learning outcomes, assessment and content
  • the provider accreditation status
  • the applicants grade report or transcript

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: International students must be at least 18 years of age during their first semester of study.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Academic Transcripts: School or previous tertiary results
  • Full-time study: International students enrolled into a degree or higher-level programme, including low residence and/or online or blended learning delivery, will be required to enrol into 60 credits per semester and meet the attendance requirements of the programme.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, the following specifications will support you to be successful in your studies.

  • Apple Mac OS 10.6 (Leopard) or higher, preferably 10.x Yosemite or higher 
    OR 
  • Apple MacBook Air with M1 Chip (base model) 
  • Macbook Pro (preferred)
    AND dedicated GPU (Graphics card).

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 16 GB RAM    
  • 500 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    
    AND Recommend
  • A Wacom Intuos - small (USB drawing tablet needed for projects)
  • May use Apple iPad Pro and pencil.

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)   



Bachelor of Fine Arts: Honours

NZQF Level 8, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland campus

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate qualification equivalent to NZQF Level 7
  • A GPA of their final undergraduate year (Level 7 credits) of B - and above (GPA of 4)
  • A portfolio that reflects your skills and potential to successfully complete the programme
  • A letter of intent or declaration of research interests
  • Academic writing ability which reflects the potential for successful study at the graduate level (applicants may use their letter of intent or research declaration or examples of previous academic writing to meet this requirement)
  • An interview is required for all applicants

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate qualification equivalent to NZQF Level 7
  • A GPA of their final undergraduate year (Level 7 credits) of B - and above (GPA of 4)
  • A portfolio that reflects your skills and potential to successfully complete the programme
  • A letter of intent or declaration of research interests
  • Academic writing ability which reflects the potential for successful study at the graduate level (applicants may use their letter of intent or research declaration or examples of previous academic writing to meet this requirement)
  • An interview is required for all applicants

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, the following specifications will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 16 GB RAM    
  • 500 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    
  • Macbook Pro (preferred) AND dedicated GPU (Graphics card)
  • May use Apple iPad Pro for drawing. 

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)   


Master of Fine Arts

NZQF Level 9, 240 credits
Taught at: Auckland campus (low-residency)

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and/or other academic qualifications
  • Portfolio: A typical portfolio comprises of 10-15 digital images of key works or projects and one or two examples of contextual research in written form (digital format only required for application)
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Three referee contact details
  • A statement of intent outlining the direction/emphasis of the work they wish to develop as part of the MFA programme

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent
  • Official transcripts of a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and/or other academic qualifications
  • Portfolio: A typical portfolio comprises of 10-15 digital images of key works and one or two examples of contextual research in written form (digital format only required for application)
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Three referee contact details
  • A statement of intent outlining the direction/emphasis of the work they wish to develop as part of the MFA programme

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 16 GB RAM    
  • 500 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    
  • Macbook Pro (preferred) AND dedicated GPU (Graphics card)
  • May use Apple iPad Pro for drawing. 

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)   


Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy and
Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy (Clinical)

NZQF Level 8, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Christchurch campuses

NZQF Level 9, 240 credits
Taught at: Auckland campus (low-residency)

Eligibility for entrance into the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy
Please note, we do not accept direct applications for the Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy (Clinical) programme. Students must complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy as part of their learning path into the Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapy (Clinical).

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • An undergraduate diploma or degree qualification in a relevant field, equivalent to NZQF Level 7
  • A letter of intent
  • Three letters of reference
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of academic writing ability which reflects the potential for successful study at the graduate level (examples of previous academic writing may be submitted)

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport Copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent
  • An undergraduate diploma or degree qualification in a relevant field, equivalent to NZQF Level 7
  • A letter of intent
  • Three letters of reference
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of academic writing ability which reflects the potential for successful study at the graduate level (examples of previous academic writing may be submitted)

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, the following specifications will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)


Fashion + Sustainability Programmes

Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology

NZQF Level 3, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Manukau, Wellington campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement of NCEA Level 2
  • Workplace communication skills

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.0 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement to the equivalent of NCEA Level 2
  • Workplace communication skills

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)  


Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Patternmaking)

NZQF Level 4, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Manukau, Wellington campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Students must have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology qualification or be able to demonstrate:
    • Equivalent industry experience
    • Workplace communication skills
    • A competent level of literacy and numeracy
  • An entry exam may be required to test the applicants literacy, numeracy, pattern recognition, garment construction, sequencing, and sewing skills

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement equivalent to the NCEA Level 2 qualification
  • Students must have completed the Level 3 Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology qualification or be able to demonstrate:
    • Equivalent industry experience
    • Workplace communication skills
    • A competent level of literacy and numeracy
  • An entry exam may be required to test the applicants literacy, numeracy, pattern recognition, garment construction, sequencing, and sewing skills

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)  


Diploma in Apparel and Fashion Technology

NZQF Level 5, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Wellington campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Students must have completed the Level 4 Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Patternmaking) qualification or be able to demonstrate:
    • Equivalent industry experience
    • Effective workplace communication skills
    • Knowledge and understanding of current Health and Safety practices
    • A competent level of literacy and numeracy
    • Basic computer literacy
  • An entry exam may be required to test the applicant's literacy, numeracy, pattern recognition, garment construction, sequencing, and sewing skills

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Students must have completed 10 years of schooling and achievement equivalent to the NCEA Level 2 qualification
  • Students must have completed the Level 4 Certificate in Apparel and Fashion Technology (Patternmaking) qualification or be able to demonstrate:
    • Equivalent industry experience
    • Effective workplace communication skills
    • Knowledge and understanding of current Health and Safety practices
    • A competent level of literacy and numeracy
    • Basic computer literacy
  • An entry exam may be required to test applicant's literacy, numeracy, pattern recognition, garment construction, sequencing, and sewing skills

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)  


Bachelor of Sustainable Fashion Design*

NZQF Level 7, 360 credits
Taught at: Auckland campus

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to undertake degree level study, including appropriate knowledge and skills in the areas of written communication and mathematics, by having achieved:
  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for admission with the approval of the Head of School
  • Interview: Applicants are required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for the programme. During the interview, the applicant will be assessed against the following aspects to determine their admission into the programme:
    • Portfolio
    • Letter of Intent
  • Portfolio: present 12-24 representative examples of creative work that reflect skills and potential to successfully complete the programme
  • Letter of Intent: write a 250-word letter of intent about why you want to enrol in the programme.

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: International students must be at least 18 years of age during their first semester of study.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Academic Transcripts: School or previous tertiary results
  • Interview: Applicants are required to attend an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.
  • During the interview, the applicant will be assessed against the following aspects to determine their admission to the programme:
    • Portfolio
    • Letter of Intent
  • Interviews of International students can be conducted by phone or skype. Portfolios can be provided in digital format.
  • Portfolio: present 12 – 24 representative samples of creative work that reflect skills and potential to successfully complete the programme
  • Letter of Intent: write a 250-word letter of intent about why they want to enrol in the programme.
  • Full-time study: International students enrolled into a degree or higher-level programme, including low residence and/or online or blended learning delivery, will be required to enrol into 60 credits per semester and meet the attendance requirements of the programme.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, the following specifications will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)



Technology Programmes

Certificate in Information Technology Essentials

NZQF Level 4, 60 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Manukau, Christchurch campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent English proficiency as follows:
    • TOEFL paper-based minimum score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE) Test (pBT) where the test was carried out prior to 01 October 2017; or
    • TOEFL internet-based test minimum score of 46, with a writing score no lower than 4.5 TWE; or
    • Cambridge English qualifications with B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 162, no less than 154 in each skill

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)   


Certificate in Information Technology

NZQF Level 5, 60 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 including:
    • 14 credits in Digital Technologies or Computing AND
    • 10 credits in Maths AND
    • 10 credits in English at NCEA Level 2 or above
  • If you do not have the above, you must have one of the following:


International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Statement of purpose
  • NZQA Level 3 certificate in computing or equivalent knowledge, skills, or experience
  • If you do not have a NZQA Level 3 certificate in computing or equivalent, you can take our Skills and Knowledge Assessment

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Have access to Windows computer/laptop/tablet.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 



Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support

NZQF Level 5, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • 42 credits at NCEA level 3 including:
    • 14 credits in Digital Technologies or computing AND
    • 10 credits in Maths AND
    • 10 credits in English at NCEA Level 2 or above
  • If you do not have the above, you must have one of the following:

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Academic and work experience documentation - e.g. academic transcripts, employer referrals etc.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Statement of purpose
  • NZQA Level 3 certificate in computing or equivalent knowledge, skills, or experience
  • If you do not have a NCEA Level 3 certificate in computing or equivalent, you can take our Skills and Knowledge Assessment

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Have access to Windows computer/laptop/tablet.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 



Diploma in Web Development + Design

NZQF Level 5, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Academic and work experience documentation - e.g. academic transcripts, employer referrals etc.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or equivalent
  • Statement of purpose
  • NZQA Level 3 certificate in computing, or equivalent knowledge, skills, or experience
  • If you do not have a NCEA Level 3 certificate in computing or equivalent, you can take our Skills and Knowledge Assessment

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Have access to Windows computer/laptop/tablet.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 



Diploma in Networking

NZQF Level 6, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • You must have completed the Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support or equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience, being one of:
    • Other appropriate NZQA Level 5 or higher qualification as determined by academic staff
    • Appropriate work experience as determined by academic staff
    • Other equivalent knowledge, skills, and experience, as determined by academic staff

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Academic and work experience documentation - e.g. academic transcripts, employer referrals etc.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Statement of purpose
  • Diploma in Information Technology Technical Support or equivalent skills and knowledge

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Have access to Windows computer/laptop/tablet.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 



Diploma in Software Development

NZQF Level 6, 240 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Academic and work experience documentation - e.g. academic transcripts, employer referrals etc.
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Statement of purpose
  • Diploma in Web Development and Design or equivalent skills and knowledge

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Have access to Windows computer/laptop/tablet.

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 



Bachelor of Applied Information Technology

NZQF Level 7, 360 credits
Taught at: Wellington, Christchurch campuses

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 17 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to undertake degree-level study, including appropriate knowledge and skills in the areas of written communication and mathematics, by having achieved:
    • Certificate in IT Essentials or
    • A New Zealand or overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to the above by the Programme Director or
    • Passes in other Certificate/Diploma qualifications or courses as considered appropriate by the Programme Director.

Please note:

  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for admission with the approval of the Programme Director
  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology are required to attend an interview

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport copy
  • Minimum age: Students must turn 18 within their first year of study at Whitecliffe
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5 or equivalent
  • Applicants must demonstrate an ability to undertake degree-level study, including appropriate knowledge and skills in the areas of written communication and mathematics, by having achieved:
    • Certificate in IT Essentials or
    • A New Zealand or overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to the above by the Programme Director or
    • Passes in other Certificate/Diploma qualifications or courses as considered appropriate by the Programme Director

Please Note:

  • Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be eligible for admission with the approval of the Programme Director
  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology are required to attend an interview

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, we recommend you follow the specifications listed as these will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • Access to the internet is required for this programme. 

Recommended IT Specifications:

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)   
  • 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro) 


Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology

NZQF Level 8, 120 credits
Taught at: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch campuses + Online Learning

Domestic Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Applicant must have one of the following:
    • A recognised Bachelor's degree in Information Technology or a related discipline with a B- or higher average, OR
    • A Bachelor's degree (Honours) in Information Technology or a related discipline OR
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or related field
  • Special consideration may be offered for admission by the Deputy Chief Executive Academic based on evidence of academic capability and work experience

International Student Entry Requirements:

  • Completed application form
  • Passport Copy
  • Statement of Purpose
  • IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent
  • Applicant must have one of the following:
    • A recognised Bachelor's degree in Information Technology or a related discipline with a B- or higher average, OR
    • A Bachelor's degree (Honours) in Information Technology or a related discipline OR
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or related field
  • Special consideration may be offered for admission by the Deputy Chief Executive Academic based on evidence of academic capability and work experience

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:

This programme has Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) requirements, the following specifications will support you to be successful in your studies.

Required IT Specifications:

  • The latest Windows is the recommended operating system, with regular updates across the programme of study.

Minimum Hardware requirements

  • Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later 
  • 16 GB RAM 
  • 500 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum    
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band    
  • Up-to-date antivirus software    

Minimum Operating System     

  • Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported (a must for IT Students) 
    OR     
  • Intel i5 or equivalent or above 
  • AMD Ryzen5 or equivalent processor
  • Internet and unlimited data plan recommended.

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)

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