UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
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University of Canterbury
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.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts requires a total of 480 points:
It is possible to study a BFA with another degree.
Initial studies in Painting proceed from a mix of traditional and contemporary painting practice. Students are encouraged to develop a sound grasp of the rationale belonging to such practices and a practical knowledge of the basic formal issues which guide them.
Advanced studies are designed to encourage students to deal with more recent painting practice in depth so that, by the time their studies have completed, they are able to maintain a high level of personally-directed activity consistent with established practice in their field.
Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts; Master of Fine Arts; Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship
A UC Fine Arts degree is accepted as an possible qualification to postgraduate studies in other tertiary institutions in New Zealand and overseas. UC graduates have been accepted into the best graduate programmes in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, France, Canada, the United States and Australia.
Graduates in Painting will find careers as professional artists, art gallery directors, consultants, art conservators, art critics, art historians, lecturers and art teachers.
General Admission to enrol for a bachelor's degree is University Entrance, or equivalent qualification.
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:
All applicants also need to submit an application form, a letter of introduction and a portfolio.
Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:
Undergraduate application deadline: Semester 1 (February start) by 31 October.