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Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Wellington Campus


Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts – PGDipFA

The Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts gives you the opportunity for advanced study in contemporary art. It is the entry point into fine arts postgraduate study at Massey University.

The qualification combines theoretical inquiry with studio-based practice. It focuses on identifying, exploring and developing research methods that are relevant to current art practices and enquiry.

Particular emphasis is placed on:

exploring process as a key component of art making

developing advanced research techniques and methodology

learning strategies that aim to refine and enhance your working methods

building an extensive knowledge base of contemporary cultural history and theory. This will give you the confidence to negotiate your own relationship between theory and practice

laying the groundwork for MFA or PhD study.

Get the full picture

Visit the College of Creative Arts website

A PGDipFA is a good fit if you:

studied art at undergraduate level

want to do a Master of Fine Arts but don’t have an honours degree

want to develop your research and analysis skills.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts you will:

have gained a relevant bachelor's degree with a grade average that demonstrates an adequate level of preparation

be selected into the qualification through an interview and the assessment of a portfolio of submitted work

have an appropriate level of English language proficiency.

You will need to submit verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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