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Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Gisborne Campus


Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours) programme is collaboratively offered by EIT’s two iconic creative practice schools: IDEA school and Toihoukura. It offers a unique perspective from both the European and Maori creative culture allowing a wide selection of media to be advanced.

Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours) [Level 8] provides the opportunity for you to gain a postgraduate qualification, create an effective and professional body of creative work, make it publicly available and speak professionally about that work based on in depth and broad research.


Delivery of the programme is “blended”. That is, it is a combination of online study, wananga and research by creative practice. You may be “based” at either IDEA school in Hawke’s Bay or Toihoukura in Tairawhiti but will have opportunities to engage with staff and students based at both schools, as well as students who may be practicing throughout Aotearoa and indeed the world.

The 120 credit programme is a full year of study at Level 8, consisting of three compulsory courses that will build on your knowledge, skills, and attributes gained in your undergraduate degree in visual arts and design.

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

As a graduate, career opportunities can included advancement in creative practice/creative industries, self-employment/entrepreneurship, academic positions in creative practice, gallery owner, curator and the ability to strengthen te toi Maori within a contemporary Maori context.

Graduates of Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiri-a-rangi) | Bachelor of Professional Creative Practice (Honours) may apply to complete the Te Hono ki Toi (Poutiriao) | Master of Professional Creative Practice [Level 9].

Entry criteria

A person is eligible to apply for entry who:

• An undergraduate degree in a creative practice with a B average or better, OR
• Where the applicant does not meet the entry criteria above, the applicant may be provisionally admitted on the basis of an evaluation of a portfolio of work. Such provisionally accepted applicants will be expected to pass their first course in the programme in order to progress.

English Language Entry Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate an acceptable level of English Language fluency prior to acceptance in the programme. English Language fluency can be verified by achievement of one of the following within the last two years:

• New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 5 (Academic)
• IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0
• PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50
• International equivalents to IELTS accepted by NZQA or successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply)

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