Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Visual Arts)

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7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years
Starts February (July intake subject to interest)
40 places
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5878 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Develop a fine art practice, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, video, animation, projection and performance. Work in your own studio space and exhibit your artwork in our student-managed gallery or off campus.

The Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Visual Arts) is a studio-based degree that gives you the opportunity to explore and develop a fine art practice. You'll be introduced to a range of visual art mediums and processes, such as drawing, painting and printmaking. This programme has a strong studio focus, where you'll learn through practice-based activity.


  • Exhibit your work in student galleries on campus.
  • Access to workshops, stretcher-making facilities, computer labs, and laser and vinyl-cutting services.
  • Experienced and widely recognised lecturers who maintain an active practice.
  • An immersive environment with studio space and group critiques.
  • Guest speakers and visiting artists.

Our visual arts graduates have won awards or been recognised by Creative New Zealand, Wallace Arts Award, Artist Alliance Awards, Waiheke Art Awards, Pumphouse Art Awards and the Mazda Art Award. Many students have had their work selected for exhibition in various exhibitions at private and public galleries in New Zealand.

Diploma in Visual Arts

If you're looking for a two-year experience, you should consider the Diploma in Visual Arts. You'll be enrolled in the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Visual Arts), where you'll explore painting, drawing and printmaking, and find out how to evaluate and discuss artworks with confidence. In your second year, you can exit with the diploma, or go on to study the third year of the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts.


Portfolio requirements

You must upload a digital portfolio of work with your online application.

If you can’t upload your portfolio please email a PDF file to and we will attach it to your application.

Alternatively, bring your PDF file to your nearest Student Central and we will scan and attach it to your application.

What to include

Your portfolio must include 10 - 15 images of your work, each labelled with the size, media and date the work was made. It must be an A4 size PDF document and not exceed 60MB in total.

Your images could include (but are not limited) to:

  • Your bursary board or similar year 12 or 13 work.
  • Other drawings, photographs or three-dimensional models.
  • Drawing with an emphasis on observational skills and/or personal expression.
  • Photography with an emphasis on visual skills and technique.
  • Art/design project work.
  • Sketches or notebook pages illustrating visual art/ design concepts.
  • Art/design related work from another discipline, for example jewellery or craft.
  • Images that demonstrates a visual narrative or sequence.
  • Group work you’ve been involved in (including a description of your involvement and contribution to the finished result).

Need some help?

Follow our portfolio hints and tips on what to include, what not to include and how to lay it all out.

Last edited: 05 September 2013  

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