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Bachelor of Creative Enterprise

The Bachelor of Creative Enterprise (BCE) is a multi-disciplinary degree that prepares you to make a living from your creativity. Whether you are interested in graphic design, animation, photography and moving image, user experience and product design, visual arts or illustration, this degree is designed to both further your skills and creativity while giving you a base from which to launch a career.

360 (3.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Three years full-time or part-time options available

Programme overview

The Bachelor of Creative Enterprise (BCE) is flexible in design, enabling you to adapt this qualification to best suit your creative and commercial interests. You’ll spend the first year building knowledge in key areas like creative thinking, professional practice, storytelling, digital technology, and communication, as well as getting a taste of a variety of creative practices. Then, your instructors work with you to craft your own creative pathway through Years Two and Three.
In this program you will have the opportunity to be exposed to below creative practices:

  • Graphic Design
  • Painting, Printmaking, and Illustration
  • Motion Graphics and Animation
  • Photography and Moving Image
  • Product, packaging, and Furniture Design
  • Sculpture and Installation
  • User Experience
  • Ceramics and Glass

The BCE is an immersive programme in which students explore how to be self-directed learners, to take responsibility for themselves and to take ownership of their careers. We have created a dynamic environment and a focus on real-world projects aimed squarely at getting students out into the workforce

Student showreel - Creative Industries


  • Development of transferable skills and real-world project based learning
  • Opportunity to work broadly across an array of disciplines and choose their specialization
  • Exposure to emerging technologies with guest lecturers, cutting edge industry demonstrations, and workshops
  • Choice of electives from multiple pathways (performing arts, visual arts, design, business, technology, marketing and communications)
  • Critique sessions and written components to enable students to develop communication skills
  • Teamwork based research and development to prepare you for managing a range of creative, entrepreneurial projects
  • Ability to emerge as an agile practitioner in a dynamic creative market

Further study

Upon successful completion of this programme you can go onto further study in Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice and Master of Creative Practice programmes. 

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BCE Summer School 

Students commencing study in the BCE in semester two may choose to take up to 30 credits of courses during summer school. Summer School is not compulsory but is an opportunity to accelerate your progress through your qualification, or to continue momentum gained in semester two.

Unitec Summer School 2020/21 commences on 30 November and runs to 14 February 2021, with a significant break over the Christmas and New Year period. 2021/22 Summer School commences on 6 December 2021. For course and class timings, refer to the specific course webpage. 

Summer School 2020/21 courses on offer in the BCE are:
Storyworlds (ICIB5202)
The Enterprising Professional (ICIB5402)
Integrated Project (ICIB6002)

Upcoming Events

In School of Creative Industries we have a wide range of shows and events, discover more from: 

What's On 

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including:

  • 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and
  • 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved)

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
3. 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau
4. You may be required to attend an interview or audition, submit a portfolio or a combination of all three – we'll notify you of what is required
5. You may be required to complete a medical declaration form
6. Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have 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 have NCEA? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2022; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Accounting for Business (ACTY5200) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the role of accounting information in business decision-making and to analyse and interpret financial statements.
Accounting Applications (ACTY5206) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply double entry accounting to prepare financial statements using both manual and computerised processes.
Programming Fundamentals (ISCG5420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce students to the basic principles of designing and developing small computer programs within the context of programming language.
Programming Principles and Practice (ISCG5421) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To advance the knowledge of programming beyond an introductory level, in the context of a programming language.
Courses Credits Aim
Operations Management (BSNS6350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To conduct, and communicate the results of Business Process Improvement (BPI) investigations.
Integrated Marketing Communications (BSNS6374) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop and present an appropriate integrated marketing communications plan incorporating reasoned objectives balanced with creative strategies and tactics.
Internet and Website Development (ISCG6420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide the students with knowledge of advanced concepts of the Internet and website design and development.
Courses Credits Aim
Organisational Strategies (BSNS7340) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate in the development of corporate and functional strategies using market intelligence.
Applied Operations Management (BSNS7350) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to participate effectively in the investigation of an operations-related programme for improvement and change.
Web Application Development (ISCG7420) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with knowledge and skills for developing client-server and web-based applications in the Intranet/Internet environment.
Mobile Software Development (ISCG7424) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students with the ability to investigate and use advanced techniques that extend the standard software development environment so that the student is competent in approaches required in the development and deployment of software applications for mobile devices.