Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design established in 1982 and located in Auckland, is an award-winning specialist in tertiary arts and design education.
All qualifications conferred by Whitecliffe are New Zealand Qualification Authority approved. The spacious, secure and modern campus is located in Parnell, which is a few minutes walk from Central Auckland.
Internationally-recognised programmes at Certificate, Degree, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters levels are offered in FINE ARTS, PHOTO MEDIA, FASHION DESIGN, GRAPHIC DESIGN, ARTS MANAGEMENT and ARTS THERAPY.
Whitecliffe delivers contemporary and internationally relevant programmes which are taught by practising artists, designers, educators and researchers. Students develop creative and critical thinking, research, communication and presentation skills, and are exposed to the contemporary arts and design world through exhibitions, internships, international guests and industry professionals. Independence, creativity and risk-taking are strongly encouraged within Whitecliffe programmes from certificate to postgraduate level.
Whitecliffe graduates are articulate, creative thinkers with broad skills and a high level of industry standard technical proficiency. They create powerful and compelling visual expressions of their ideas, are leaders in the creative industries, and shape contemporary culture.
NZQA CATEGORY ONE
Whitecliffe is ranked by The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as a Category One education provider.
CODE OF PRACTICE 2016
Whitecliffe is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students which sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that international students can expect. The Code also provides a procedure for students to follow if there are any concerns about the treatment received from us or a Whitecliffe registered agent.
The New Zealand Ministry of Education website provides more information about the Code. Click here to view
Whitecliffe is an independent Arts and Design school of choice, producing the highest quality graduates and shaping exceptional creative citizens.
Whitecliffe provides life-transforming educational experiences in arts and design through teaching and research, educating students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts. Building on foundations of excellence, innovation and a commitment to diversity, Whitecliffe prepares its students for lifelong creative work and engagement with their communities. Whitecliffe seeks to instil aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills and technical expertise in all graduates.
Whitecliffe core values have developed through the work of committed faculty, students, alumni and staff. At Whitecliffe we believe that ideas and expression are inseparable. Our commitment to a wide range of media, processes and methodologies supports our belief that our graduates become leaders in their fields through a critical combination of making and thinking. Through rigorous critique, intelligent debate and mutual respect, graduates gain the lifelong skills they need to shape their communities.
- Foundation Certificates: NZQF Level 4
18 weeks with July and February intakes each year
No portfolio required
5.5 IELTS or equivalent
- Degree level: Bachelor of Fine Arts NZQF Level7
One intake per year in February
6.0 IELTS or equivalent
- Postgraduate: NZQF Levels 8 and 9
All postgraduate programmes are low-residency so students are able to work and study
6.5 IELTS or equivalent