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 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

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

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) programme has a purpose 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 a professional life as creative practitioners in the wider-arts and design industries. Students often undertake the Honours qualification to develop foundations for further research in a higher degree, it allows entry into a Master of Fine Arts (or equivalent), or where conditions are met, directly into a Doctorate programme.

The one-year Honours degree is taught within and across the four subject pathways of Fine Arts, Photo Media, Graphic Design, and Fashion Design. Students undertake three courses of study across two semesters: Studio Research, Critical Contexts, and Research Methods. The three courses work to integrate and consolidate contextual, theoretical, and practice-based learning and research towards a primary measurable outcome of two integrated parts: a presentation creative research outcomes and an accompanying exegesis.

Graduates of the BFA Honours programme are:

  • Intellectually and creative independent, and able to critically understand, evaluate, and generate new and complex ideas, forms, and knowledge.
  • Skilled in material, visual, and academic research and inquiry and adept at exploring ideas through making.
  • Capable of producing significant creative outcomes in academic contexts and formats as well as those appropriate to their chosen creative profession.
  • Confident and knowledgeable, with a significantly developed understanding and appreciation of a range of fine art and creative processes, practices, and professions.
  • Articulate and communicative, and able to present and critically frame creative and theoretical research and inquiry in a range of models (oral, written, visual).
  • Able to adapt and critically situate creative outcomes and practice to succeed in a changing professional environment and make a significant contribution to a chosen field of creative practice.
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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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