How to apply

Apply online or download an application form from Apply Now section of this website or click the link at the bottom of this page

An application pack can be requested by contacting reception: Phone 0800 800 300

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Application Process

Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive email confirmation that your application has been received and is being processed.


Applicants for the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Arts Therapy will be required to be interviewed as part of the application process

  • All applicants to the BFA and above will be allocated an interview time which will be communicated by email and post.
  • The Admissions Board assess each application on a case by case basis and all applicants will be advised of the outcome

The Interview

Applicants must bring a portfolio of 12-24 representative samples of their work that reflect their creative skills and potential. Applicants should aim to present a range of media evidencing colour, technique, composition and creative skills. It is recommended to include a workbook to demonstrate the development of your ideas.

Admission Requirements

NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB award. Note that discretionary entrance is available to students who have gained exceptional marks in level 2 NCEA. Some of the above academic requirements may be waived for students over 20 years of age. Domestic students must be 17 years of age during the first year of study.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Applicants wishing to be considered for advanced standing, RPL or cross credit should include this request in their application and provide certified copies of academic transcripts.

“Whitecliffe offered an environment that would nurture my practice with regular meetings and critiques of my work and support from lecturers in all of my endeavours.” – Ella Ranfft, Whitecliffe Fine Arts Graduate

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