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Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Wellington Campus


Study a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours – BFA(Hons)

In the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours – BFA (Hons) – you’ll spend two thirds of your time in the studio, experiencing different approaches to making art, and developing your own unique practice.

The qualification isn’t media specific so you can focus on the methods and ideas of contemporary art production, and make bodies of new work that are responsive to a variety of contexts. Work, learn and collaborate alongside with students across disciplines and year levels.

You can work across a range of media, such as:






moving image



site-responsive work

curatorial activities

art writing.

The BFA (Hons) will stretch you, ground you in art theory and immerse you in art-making, with the support of some of New Zealand’s most notable fine artists.

We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and dedicated students who demonstrate skill and passion for design and the visual arts.

Get the full picture

Visit the College of Creative Arts website

A BFA(Hons) is a good fit if you:

are passionate about art and art-making

love experimentation, creative expression, and critical thinking

want the freedom to be yourself, with easy access to tutors and excellent technical facilities.

Entry criteria

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

Specific requirements

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours you will:

submit a portfolio (if you do well in NCEA Level 2 art, design or technology – or equivalent - you may not need to submit a portfolio. See details below.)

attend an interview in person or over Skype.

Portfolio requirements

Automatic entry: If you achieved NCEA Level 2 or 3 with Merit or Excellence overall and a Merit or Excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject, you have automatic entry and will not have to submit a portfolio. This also applies for Cambridge International students achieving an AS grade A or B in an approved art, design or technology subject.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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