Postgraduate Programmes

If your dream is to expand your research abilities within fine arts or develop new professional skills around your passion for the arts, then postgraduate study at Whitecliffe has plenty to offer.

These courses are advanced degrees usually taken by students with undergraduate degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Some applicants may be eligible for admission to the Masters Degree programmes based on recognition of prior learning and experience.

What we offer

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours)

The BFA (Hons) degree programme is a stand-alone postgraduate qualification, directly following on from the Level 7 BFA degree. Its purpose is to consolidate the learning and achievements of BFA undergraduate study through the realisation of a sustained practice-based, studio-centred, research inquiry. Subject pathways include Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, and Photo Media. The Honours degree prepares students for professional life as creative practitioners in the wider arts and design industries, and for further postgraduate study.

Duration: 1 year
EFTs: 1
National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level: 8
Qualification: Bachelor of Fine Arts (HONOURS) 
Intakes: Mid February and Mid July each year
Application DEADLINE: 31st October (February intake - late applications considered)
Campus: Main Campus, 67 SYMONDS STREET, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Whitecliffe offers  the Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (MAAT) and the Master of Arts Therapy (Clinical). 


All postgraduate programmes are low residency in format, making it easy to fit study around work commitments.

MFA students attend four one-week seminars a year.

MA students attend 17 weekend seminars over two years.


Seminars include lectures, intensive critique and assessment and one-on-one interaction with faculty. Students network with visiting international and nationally renowned academics, art management and therapy practitioners, curators and critics. Students spend 25 to 30 hours each week on study including theoretical research and writing as well as studio production (MFA),  and field work (MAAT).


Students on all masters programmes are required to engage in research and document their research findings in a dissertation or research paper.

Click here to download Abstracts of Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Dissertation and Research papers from 2001 - 2015.

Click here to download Abstracts of Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (MAAT) Dissertation and Research papers from 2003 - 2015.

Click here to download Master of Fine Arts Catalogue Essay research.

Click here to view work by Masters students.