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Bachelor of Contemporary Art

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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This degree is for those who want to engage in fields of art including painting, photography, screen-based media, installation, street art, sculpture, curation or illustration. Students will study in a community where individual vision and personality are valued as a relevant contribution to our society.

Students will develop and gain a deep understanding of creativity in art and use this to respond to situations that demand combinations of ideas, technologies and techniques that result in new forms of knowledge and making. Such knowledge is powerful in the careers that will sustain and transform our world.

With 24-hour access to studios and workshops, students will have the opportunity to develop their own personal art practice, as well as undertake real-world projects both with students from other disciplines, and with industry.

What you'll learn

In the first year of the Bachelor of Communication, you will take three core modules:

  • Contemporary Art craft: Develop your specialised skills
  • Critical methods: Understand the arts and cultural word
  • Professional practice: Learn the ways of industry

To complement, students will add two electives of their choice so they can broaden their creative toolkit, such as the fundamentals in sound, storytelling, and moving image, with more options to choose from.

These electives will give students a secure grounding in the technical, theoretical, and professional skills, while also exposing them to broader ideas about the arts and the cultural world around them.

Career/further opportunities

Artist: painting, photographer, filmmaker, multi-media.
Arts administrator
Art teacher
Arts advocate

You will be qualified to work in a range of communication, media and creative related roles. And as a graduate of this programme you will have developed transferable skills and professional attributes that will position you for many other jobs. You will have the skills to work collaboratively and creatively within the increasingly complex and dynamic creative industries.

This programme also pathways into postgraduate programmes at Wintec such as the Bachelor of Media Arts with Honours then Master of Arts.

Entry criteria

  • Qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 3 or
  • A relevant level 4 qualification; or equivalent

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5

  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)
  • TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

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