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Bachelor of Visual Arts

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Auckland University of Technology


Passionate about art? Our Bachelor of Visual Arts prepares you for the demands of a career in contemporary art, whether as an artist or in the many other roles within the art sector.

Study visual arts with us and enjoy your own studio space where you can follow your interests in art – including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, moving image, sound and performance, multimedia approaches, or new and emerging technologies.


Painting and Printmaking pathway

You'll approach image making as a process that involves the interaction between visual qualities, ideas, technologies and media. Using media and technologies in ways that suit your inventive purposes, you'll then develop a territory of interest for art making. Participate in workshops and seminars on painting concepts and techniques, printmaking concepts and techniques, studio practice and how to work with ideas and images, and on the critical analysis of works of art.

Photography and Lens Based Media pathway

Develop an independent lens-based direction from a foundation of learning in photographic theory and technical learning. You'll work with a broad range of high-end equipment and facilities, including large format analogue photography, studio lighting and digital processes that include moving image work. By questioning what photography is and how it operates in the world today, you'll develop a photographic art practice that is critical and current.

Sculpture and Intermedia pathway

Explore the breadth of the expanded field of sculpture in contemporary art. You'll be encouraged to develop individual approaches to your making through experimental and open-ended investigative methods. There's a strong focus on the exploration of sculptural concepts and ideas driving contemporary art; object making, installation, performance and social art practices.

Career Opportunities

AUT Bachelor of Visual Arts alumni are now carving successful careers around the world, as notable artists, curators, arts administrators, academics, teachers and technicians.

  • Art industries
  • Museums and galleries
  • Arts education
  • Creative technologies
  • Community development
  • Creative entrepreneur

Entry criteria

All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13 and Portfolio of art work.

Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 80; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with B/B+ grade; GIE with B grade; CAE minimum overall score of 169; PTE minimum overall score of 50.

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