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Programme overview

The Master of Creative Practice enables artists, designers, photographers, animators, educators, performers, directors and producers to develop expertise in practice-based creative research within Unitec’s Creative Industries cultural hub. 

Immerse yourself in an evolving environment of diverse creative practices including dance, theatre, music, film, new media, animation, visual art, craft, graphic design, product design, experience design and service design. Work on exciting and innovative projects in our art, design, photography, craft and media studios. Learn how to collaborate across disciplines, and facilitate or lead creative projects and teams. 

A typical first semester experience provides you with foundation knowledge in areas including: locating your creative practice within a wider body of knowledge, reading and thinking critically, experimenting with, and critiquing, approaches to collaborative and creative industry practice, and applying practice-based and qualitative research methods.

Negotiated studies courses give you the option of undertaking industry placements with leading creative organizations and agencies in Auckland, while supervised interdisciplinary studios provide possibilities for developing and enhancing practice based research skills. 

The remainder of your studies is the capstone project, which involves the conceptualization, proposal and implementation of creative research (90 or 120 credits), during which time you will be supervised and mentored by academic staff and/or industry professionals.

Highlights

  • Create a body of new work, build a portfolio, advance your practice and refresh or reorient your career.
  • Gain industry experience through negotiated placements or work on live projects.
  • Work in an evolving multi-disciplinary environment with exposure to a wide range of approaches, practices, and theories.
  • Improve your communication skills through studio critiques and written components.
  • Learn from supervisors that include notable educators and creative practitioners.
  • Get feedback on your developing work from specialists in your field.
  • Develop highly specialised creative research and critical thinking skills through a significant project.

Scholarships

To help you focus on your studies we have the Master of Creative Practice (MCP) Capstone Scholarship, available to domestic or international students enrolled in a Level 9 capstone research project (ICIB 9002 or ICIB 9003) during the 2018 year. Eligible students may claim up to NZ$1500 in costs associated with realizing their capstone project, whether this is an exhibition, performance, publication, film screening, design prototype or other creative work.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A Bachelor’s degree in the same or similar discipline; OR
2. A Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated discipline with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience AND demonstrate an ability to succeed in the programme by providing:

  • Recommendations from employers or professional colleagues; and
  • Evidence of outcomes in the discipline work environment.

3. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing).
4. If English is your second language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

All courses and timetables for 2018 will be available shortly.

CoursesCreditsAim
Comparative Critical Reading (ICIB8071) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To analyse critical and theoretical dimensions, key principles and approaches for a specialist area of creative arts practice through the comparative critical reading of selected texts (written word, oral presentations, creative works and researched essays, etc.). This course is designed to challenge existing ideas about creative practice by surveying the landscape of contemporary theory and to enable the positioning of those ideas into the students personal frame of practice.
Research in the Creative Industries (ICIB8072) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To provide both a documentation and record of understanding of research methodological practice for collaborative creative arts practice, which incorporates a demonstrated understanding of the theories and methodologies of key practitioners/theorists associated with a specialist study area. This course is designed to enable students with a methodological foundation with which to design, implement, and analyse research projects in a variety of contexts.
CoursesCreditsAim
Research Project - Enrolment (ICIB9002ENR) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To allow the student to design, carry out, and report on a significant research investigation that is problem-oriented and applied in nature in the form of a thesis, dissertation, substantial research paper or scholarly creative work. Participants will conduct creative practice based research within a specialist area that extends elements of earlier work on the programme according to his/her own predilections and particular skills.
Research Project (Extended) - Enrolment (ICIB9003ENR) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To allow the student to design, carry out, and report on a significant research investigation that is problem-oriented and applied in nature in the form of a thesis, dissertation, substantial research paper or scholarly creative work. Participants will conduct creative practice based research within a specialist area that extends elements of earlier work on the programme according to his/her own predilections and particular skills.
CoursesCreditsAim
Creative Practice Project (ICIB8005) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To critically analyse creative practice as both a process and an outcome. This course allows participants to devise and conduct a small creative practice based research project that demonstrates intellectual independence and analytical rigour within a framework of information and principles related to contemporary creative industry practice. This course is designed to enable participants to explore their creativity in a practice based learning environment.
Creative Practice Project (Extended) (ICIB8007) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS)To critically analyse creative practice as both a process and an outcome. This course allows participants to devise and conduct an extended creative practice based research project that demonstrates intellectual independence and analytical rigour within a framework of information and principles related to contemporary creative industry practice. This course is designed to enable participants to explore their creativity in a practice based learning environment.
Professional Research Project (ICIB8061) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To enable students to undertake negotiated learning in a practice based work environment. Students will employ a range of vocational, research and critical skills that are contextually, culturally and politically relevant to the emergent creative practitioner. This course allows students to participate in an internship/industry placement in a work based setting or undertake a piece of action research reflecting their own practice in the arts organisation in which they are employed
Professional Research Project (Extended) (ICIB8063) 60 credits (0.5 EFTS)To enable students to undertake negotiated learning in a practice based work environment. Students will employ a range of vocational, research and critical skills that are contextually, culturally and politically relevant to the emergent creative practitioner. This course allows students to participate in an extended internship/industry placement in a work based setting or undertake a piece of action research reflecting their own practice in the arts organisation in which they are employed.
Negotiated Study (ICIB8906) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable a student to pursue an individualised course of study of particular interest, and which is empathetic with the aims of the programme and will contribute to the graduate profile. The course content may comprise of an agreed selection of the Workshops, Seminars and Masterclasses offered as part of the Specialist Electives for this programme, or may contain other negotiated outcomes.
Negotiated Study (Extended) (ICIB8907) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To enable a learner to pursue an extended individualised course of study of particular interest, and which is empathetic with the aims of the programme and will contribute to the graduate profile. The course content may generally comprise of an agreed selection of the Workshops, Seminars and Masterclasses offered as part of the Specialist Electives for this programme, or may contain other negotiated outcomes

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Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A relevant degree or unrelated degree with work experience requirements and proof of work plus English language requirements. Special admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

Duration

1.5 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual

Total Qualification

Student fees:  $6,931$10,397
Government tuition subsidy: $11,368$17,052
Total:$18,299$27,448

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
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