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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a prestigious degree that will give you a broad knowledge in visual arts, multimedia, and design before you specialise in one studio area.The four-year degree is based within purpose-built facilities and students enjoy being part of a supportive community of...

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor
Duration
4 years full-time
Course Code
BFA
Domestic Fees
$7,015 per year / $28,060 total
International Fees
$33,600 per year / $134,400 total

About this course

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a prestigious degree that will give you a broad knowledge in visual arts, multimedia, and design before you specialise in one studio area.

The four-year degree is based within purpose-built facilities and students enjoy being part of a supportive community of practitioners.

Entry requirements

To apply for admission to the Intermediate Year (first year) of the BFA directly from secondary school, you need to have met University Entrance requirements and:

  • achieved NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts in one or more subjects; and
  • at least 14 credits in each of two other NCEA Level 3 subjects (that are not practical art subjects) is also strongly recommended; or
  • the equivalent standards in other secondary school qualifications.

All applicants also need to submit an application form, a letter of introduction, and a portfolio of work.

How to apply

Entry to the first year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts is limited. We recommend that you complete and supply by 15 November:

  • the Application for Fine Arts Intermediate course form
  • a letter of introduction
  • a portfolio of work.

You are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and to visit Te Kura Kowaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts before making your application. The School welcomes applications from October.

Portfolio of work

Your application should include a portfolio of recently completed art and/or design work.

The portfolio must include 12 examples of work from NCEA (or equivalent) practical arts subjects. The format must be colour, laser printed, and stapled A4 photographs.

This is your opportunity to demonstrate:

  • your competency and ability in artmaking - so please make sure you include your best work. We also need to see aspects of your methodology; examples of preliminary sketches are important here.
  • your best possible presentation of work. There are a number of formatting requirements for the supply of your work portfolio - please see the application form for details.
  • your ability to express your thinking in a written statement. This is your chance to demonstrate a critical understanding of how the work operates, the decisions you made, and what you are trying to address through your work.

For more information on the application process for the Intermediate Year, go to

Te Kura Kowaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts website.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Recent UC graduates have gained employment as professional artists, art gallery directors, photojournalists, commercial photographers, film directors, designers, consultants, art conservators, illustrators, fashion designers, curators, art critics, art historians, graphic designers, lecturers, and art teachers.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.