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Master of Fine Arts

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) provides a development opportunity for students who have an interest in establishing themselves as professional artists or scholars, or career designers, filmmakers, or photographers.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
1 year full-time
Course Code
MFA
Domestic Fees
$7,767 per year / $7,767 total
International Fees
$36,500 per year / $36,500 total

About this course

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) provides a development opportunity for students who have an interest in establishing themselves as professional artists or scholars, or career designers, filmmakers, or photographers. This Master's encourages participants to explore the latest trends, develop their own ideas, and build their confidence in the public realm.

UC offers the MFA in Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.

Te Kura Kowaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts provides opportunities to gain valuable exhibition experience through an ongoing professional relationship with Te Puna o Waiwhetu | Christchurch Art Gallery. There is also an artist-in-residence programme, and the School enjoys a busy schedule of visiting international artists who share their expertise with postgraduate students.

On-campus facilities include ample studio space, well-equipped workshops, digital labs, darkrooms, and extensive film and video facilities. In addition there is an on-site gallery, and one of the country's top fine arts collections.

A number of scholarships and awards are on offer for talented students.

Entry requirements

Students must normally have completed:

  • a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, or an equivalent degree with good grades in relevant subjects; or
  • significant professional practice or teaching experience.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

Applicants submit a proposal and a special application - see 'How to apply' below.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Fine Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

Applicants submit a proposal outlining the direction their practice will take for that year to Te Kura Kowaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts. These can be made at any time.

Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

Postgraduate Fine Arts study at UC exposes students to many facets of the art world outside of university. It helps to build an artist's confidence, and preparation for the exciting and open-ended career of a professional artist.

Useful information:

  • Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
  • Te Ropu Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
  • For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pokai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
  • Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
  • Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.