Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) (Level 7) - Fine Arts




Courses Overview

What will I learn?
Year One for Fine Arts students include a combination of both general arts and design and specialist Fine Art courses. The Year One programme covers practical and theoretical skills and knowledge where students develop core skills in design, drawing, visual theory and cultural studies.
Whitecliffe Fine Arts graduates create compelling and powerful visual expressions of their ideas. By understanding and operating within the ever-expanding field of visual art, they learn to adapt quickly, think critically, and take a lead in shaping contemporary culture.
Fine Arts students develop skills and experience with painting, printmaking, photography, video, digital media and spatial installation. From entering the Fine Arts major in year two, students respond to set assignments which develop formal and conceptual skills while leaving latitude for individual thematic interpretation. As students progress they are encouraged to reflect upon the strengths of their work and develop their own creative voice. This process enables them to have an increasing hand in the development of their own programmes of study while remaining under the close supervision of lecturers.
Students majoring in Fine Arts they are mainly situated St Georges Bay Road Studios and are assigned their own studio facilities with access seven days a week.
In addition to receiving regular feedback on their work throughout the course (sometimes from external sources), students must stage assessment exhibitions within their studios at the end of each semester. These exhibitions are a formal assessment requirement that also provides an opportunity for students to showcase their work. It is both an intensely testing and rewarding experience essential for emerging artists.
Graduates have taken up careers as full-time practising artists, opened their own galleries and worked within the arts industry. Our course is structured to produce BFA students with a high degree of flexibility and a broad range of skills, setting them up to be aware of their place in the art world. A number of graduates lecture at high schools and tertiary institutions. Whitecliffe BFA graduates have also achieved a high level of success in gaining places in MFA programmes nationally and internationally.
Career Options
Exhibiting Artist
Curatorial Assistant
Gallery Manager
Secondary School Teacher
Tertiary Teacher
Arts Administrator
Art Consultant
Set Design and Construction
Art Magazine Editor
Art Project Manager


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Entry Requirement From Vietnam

Applicants must have a completion of 12 school years. They must also have to obtain a grade of minimum C to maximum A+. Other English Language Requirements accepted: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with at least 500.

Entry Requirement For International Student

Students must be at least 18 years of age during their first year of study.
Minimum English language level of 6.0 IELTS or equivalent
Interviews of International students can be conducted by phone or skype. Portfolios can be provided in digital format

Path Way Options by Other Partners

Pathways options
Offered by other partners
This university accepts pathways courses from Trinity College - The University of Melbourne

Full Time (3 years)

NZ$27,000.00 (US$ 18,797) per year

February 2018

Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design Balfour Road Campus, 24 Balfour Road, AUCKLAND, Parnell, 1052, New Zealand