Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)

Advance your creativity and imagination further with this one year programme to prepare for your professional creative life or progression to post graduate levels of study

Key dates

2021 February Intake 22 • 02 • 21

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1 year full-time, Auckland


Bachelor's Degree with Honours (Level 8)


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

Whitecliffe BFA graduates are industry-ready at the end of their three-year degree.

Included in the suite of Whitecliffe post-graduate programmes, Whitecliffe offers an additional one year, stand-alone BFA Honours qualification, directly following on from the BFA degree, with places available by application only. Its purpose is to consolidate the learning and achievements of the BFA through the realisation of a sustained practice-based, studio-centred, research inquiry and to further prepare students for professional life as creative practitioners or for ongoing postgraduate study. Attainment of this qualification allows for a five-year pathway to Masters degree completion for those students interested in further academic study.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) inaugural intake begins in February 2020

Fields of Study

Students majoring in Fine Arts, Fashion Design + Sustainability, Graphic Design and Photo Media are able to study in the Honours Programme

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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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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


Exhibiting Artist

Curatorial Assistant

Fashion Designer

Gallery Manager

Arts Administrator

Art Consultant

Fashion Sustainability Consultant

Set Design and Construction


Fashion Production Assistant

Art Project Manager

Textile Design


Art Direction

Creative Direction

Workroom Assistant

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