Certificate in Fine Arts Course Outline
The Certificate in Fine Arts focuses on developing skills in drawing, painting, mixed media, and design. It offers opportunities for focused sampling and exploration primarily within the areas of Fine Arts + Photo Media, with some further content relating to Design Innovation and Fashion + Sustainability, all of which underpin the degree-level programmes at Whitecliffe.
The emphasis is on practical projects and deepening students' understanding of the visual arts as well as the principles and the application of design, supported by conceptual content and knowledge. Students are enabled to develop the appropriate skills and can manage projects/briefs under broad guidance. Students are guided to edit, select, and format their best visual outcomes into a portfolio at the end of the programme. Students gain a solid base of art and design-related knowledge, equipping them with the learning strategies, attitudes, and skills for higher-level tertiary study, or entry-level employment in the field.
Certificate in Arts + Design Overview
- Studio Based Arts
Students are introduced to a range of drawing, mixed media, painting, collage, and three-dimensional art-making techniques enabling them to communicate ideas visually, whilst providing opportunities to practice, develop, and refine these skills. They will gain an understanding of mark-making, observational, conceptual drawings, and image-making. Students will also be introduced to practical painting skills, mediums, techniques, concepts, and colour studies.
- Photo Media + Moving Image
Students will experiment with photographic and moving image concepts and processes allowing them to gain an understanding of composition, image capture, and editing techniques in both still-image making and short-film making. Students will learn about contemporary themes in both photographic and moving image mediums.
- Design Methodology
Students are introduced to principles, elements, and foundational processes of design and print making. They will use design software and will be encouraged to think about how it can contribute to art making and design processes. This includes elementary print making processes; block-making, stencil creation, and screen printing. Students will develop an understanding of composition, colour, and the use of image and text in the design process as well as elementary theoretical and conceptual design processes.
- Arts Practices
Students are introduced to fundamental methods of visual recording, critical analysis, and experimental art making. Students will explore and learn creative processes related to accessing, recording, and presenting information, critical studies, and collaborative work-making related to contextual theme and portfolio design and exhibition practices.
Key Information for Students
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:
Minimum Hardware requirements
- Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
- MacBook Air with M1 Chip
- 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
- Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later
- Internet and data plan.
- Windows X or Windows S OS
- Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)
Matt EllwoodHead of School, Fine Arts
Matt Ellwood completed his undergraduate studies at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts and has a PGDip in Teaching from Auckland College of Education.Continue reading
Dr Yolunda HickmanProgramme Leader, Fine Arts Postgraduate Programmes
Yolunda Hickman completed her MFA at Elam in 2013 and is a current Doctoral candidate there with a focus on the visual semiotics and limitations of communication systems.Continue reading
David CowlardProgramme Leader, BFA Photo Media
David is a documentary and editorial photographer, digital producer, writer and field recordist.Continue reading
Richard MaloyProgramme Leader, BFA Fine Arts
Richard completed his MFA from the University of Auckland in 2001. He employs a multi-disciplinary practice including; sculpture, photography, installation plus more.Continue reading
Lynnemaree PattersonProgramme Leader, Certificate in Arts + Design
Lynnemaree received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe College in 2005. Prior to that she taught Expressive Arts in Papua New Guinea.Continue reading
Henry SymondsSenior Lecturer, School of Fine Arts
Henry Symonds completed his undergraduate studies at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.Continue reading
Christina ReadSenior Lecturer, School of Fine Arts
Christina Read emigrated from the United Kingdom in 2003. She has an MFA from Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland.Continue reading
Noel IvanoffSenior Lecturer, School of Fine Arts
Noel completed his undergraduate studies at the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic before completing a certificate in advanced studies at St Martins School of Art in London.Continue reading
Leon MitchellProgramme Delivery Coordinator, BFA
Leon graduated from Whitecliffe College in 2006 with a BFA majoring in Photography.Continue reading
Caryline BorehamLecturer, School of Fine Arts
Caryline holds an MFA from the University of Auckland and was the recipient of the 2010 Elam School of Fine Arts Post Graduate Photography Prize. Working predominantly in the mediums of photography, video and sound, her practice is concerned with an ongoing exploration of the built environment with a particular interest in how people inhabit and interpret their surroundings. Caryline’s work has been exhibited and published in New Zealand, Australia, North America and Europe. Internationally she has received nominations for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize in 2013 and 2016; with her work being featured in the 2017 Prix Pictet ‘Space’ publication. Her work is held in public and private collections including the Wallace Arts Trust Collection.Continue reading
Dr Julia TealeLecturer, School of Fine Arts
Dr Julia Teale gained her PhD from the University of Auckland and her MFA at the University of Cape Town, Higher Dip Fine Art, Technikon Natal.Continue reading
Matt DowmanLecturer, School of Fine Arts
Matt Dowman received his BFA from Whitecliffe in 2002, and a MFA with honours from Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts in 2004.Continue reading
Rose MeyerLecturer, School of Fine Arts
Rose Meyer gained a Master of Fine Art with First Class Honours in 2015 and a Post Graduate Diploma of Arts Management with Distinction in 2017 at Whitecliffe College.Continue reading
Jill SorensenLecturer, School of Fine Arts
Jill completed her undergraduate studies in 1991 at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia and gained an MFA with First Class Honours.Continue reading
Glen SnowLecturer, School of Fine Arts
Glen gained his Master of Fine Arts at the Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, in 2012.Continue reading
Where could this programme take you?
Graduates will produce a portfolio and gain a broad knowledge of art and design-related subjects to ensure they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and self-management skills for further tertiary study and/or entry-level vocations.
Jobs related to this programme
Arts Support Roles
Design Support Roles
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