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Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (PGDipFineArts) offers advanced, practice-based research within a studio subject.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time
Course Code
Domestic Fees
$8,264 per year / $8,264 total
International Fees
$36,500 per year / $36,500 total

About this course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (PGDipFineArts) offers advanced, practice-based research within a studio subject.

The programme gives students the opportunity to produce work that critically examines the technical practice, artistic influences, trends, and professional industry of their specialist area in Fine Arts.

Students will be able to take advantage of Te Kura Kowaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts' facilities on campus, such as the on-site gallery, darkrooms, digital labs, workshops, and film suites. Each student will also have their own studio space for practising and showcasing their work.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a B Grade Point Average in your final year courses, is required to enrol. Students with a degree or a diploma in Fine Arts and professional experience in the field will also be considered.

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

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Study locations

Main Campus

Career pathways

With critical research skills and experience in conducting their own projects and art practice, students will be well prepared for work in the ever-changing contemporary art world.

Career pathways could include becoming a professional artist, art curator, consultant, designer, art conservator, teacher, art critic, gallery director, and a wide range of other roles in the creative industries.

Graduates will also be prepared for more advanced research and tertiary practice in their studio discipline.

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.