Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)

Advance your creativity and imagination further and prepare for your professional creative life or progression to postgraduate levels of study.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) programme is a stand-alone postgraduate qualification, directly following on from the Level 7 Bachelor of Fine Arts programme.

Key dates

February 2022 Intake 21 • 02 • 22

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Duration

1 year full-time in Auckland

Qualification

Bachelor's Degree with Honours (Level 8)

Costs

2021 Domestic $9,041 + $300 Student Services Levy
2021 International $27,000 + $300 Student Services Levy
All 2021 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval

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Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Course Outline

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) programme is a stand-alone postgraduate qualification, directly following on from the Level 7 Bachelor of Fine Arts programme.

Its purpose is to consolidate the learning and achievements of the BFA undergraduate study through the realisation of a sustained practice-based research inquiry and to prepare students for professional life as creative practitioners in the arts and design industries. Students often undertake the Honours qualification to develop foundations for further research in a higher degree, it allows for entry into a Master of Fine Arts (or equivalent), or where conditions are met, directly into a Doctorate programme.

Students undertake two courses of study across two semesters: Studio Research and Critical Contexts. Both courses work to integrate and consolidate contextual, theoretical, and studio-based learning and research towards a primary measurable outcome of two integrated parts: an exhibition or presentation of studio research outcomes and an accompanying written research summary.

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Graduates of the BFA Honours programme are able to:

  • Critically analyse and adapt relevant conceptual, critical and theoretical frameworks to independent studio-based research
  • Frame, refine and resolve complex ideas through advanced research methodologies in creative contexts
  • Generate and present bodies of work to a professional industry standard, evidencing a contextually informed sustained inquiry
  • Reflexively innovate creative practice to connect and confidently contribute to wider contemporary discourses
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Key Information for Students

NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme

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Admission Requirements

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 (candidates 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 (NZQF 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 (candidates 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.    

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. 
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Where could this programme take you?

A BFA Honours from Whitecliffe is a great step towards a professional career as an artist, or to continue study towards a Masters Degree. A fine arts training also prepares graduates for a wide range of careers, giving them essential skills for a modern jobs market: the abilities to think creatively and flexibly; to work independently or collaboratively; to respond constructively to criticism, and to participate in intelligent debate. Our emphasis on business skills – such as budgeting, marketing, career management and public relations – also prepares graduates for some of the more pragmatic aspects of life after study. The most important things we do for our students are preparing them for lifelong creative work, and helping them develop the attributes that will make them leaders within their communities. And as the creative industries continue to grow, we find that more and more of our graduates are carving out unique career paths.

Jobs related to this programme

Designer

Exhibiting Artist

Curatorial Assistant

Gallery Manager

Arts Administrator

Art Consultant

Set Design and Construction

Conservator

Art Project Manager

Textile Design

Branding

Art Direction

Creative Direction

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