Institute of Technology or PolytechnicUnitec Institute of Technology
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Expected Jul 2023
Unitec Institute of Technology
The Masters of Creative Practice enables graphic designers, contemporary artists, photographers, product designers, animators, game designers, performing artists, UX designers, directors, actors, dancers, filmmakers, costume and technical artists, producers, and digital creatives to learn independently and collaboratively in studio and classroom environments. This programme supports and challenges you to question ideas, explore new professional practices and develop research and creative practice capabilities at an advanced level in your chosen discipline.
This 180 credit programme will allow you to immerse yourself in a dynamic community of diverse creative practices including dance, theatre, music, film, digital media, animation, raranga (Maori weaving), visual art, craft, costume design, graphic design, product design, experience design, game design and service design. Work on exciting and innovative projects in our creative studios and learn from industry-leading arts and design staff.
A typical first-semester experience provides you with foundation knowledge in areas including: locating your creative practice within a wider body of knowledge, considering indigenous research methodologies, reading and thinking critically, experimenting with, and critiquing, approaches to collaborative and creative industry practice and applying artistic and design research methods.
Negotiated studies courses give you the option of undertaking industry placements with leading creative organizations and agencies in Auckland, while supervised studios provide possibilities for developing and enhancing your creative practice.
The second and third semesters of study consist of the capstone project, which involves conceiving, proposing and carrying out a creative research project to completion (90 or 120 credits), during which time you will be supervised and mentored by academic staff and/or industry professionals. An example of this final project might be a performance, exhibition, design prototype or publication.
To be admitted to this programme all applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme’s commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol and meet the following:
A recognized Bachelor’s degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all Level 7 courses; or
A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognized as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.
English Language Requirements: IELTS – Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0; TOEFL – Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21); PTE - Academic score of 58 with no band score lower than 50.