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Bachelor of Design and Contemporary Art

Passionate about art and design? Join our new Bachelor of Design and Contemporary Art and enjoy a studio-based programme and a high supportive environment. You can focus on your area of interest including graphic design, photography, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, moving images, UX/UI, product design, web design, animation, visual effects, and AR/VR design.

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

Programme overview

This programme has been approved by NZQA and will be available in Semester 1, 2022. We are now going through the final steps to be able to accept applications. In the meantime, if you're interested in studying this new programme, please apply for the Bachelor of Creative Enterprise, and your application will be transferred to this programme.

Please email us if you have any queries.

In the Bachelor of Design and Contemporary Art your study is focused on practical making, supported by specialist technical courses and contextual and professional learning. You’ll have workshops, one-on-one and group tutorials, wānanga and noho marae, and lots of opportunities to meet a wide range of artists and designers. In your final year of study, you’ll have the opportunity to work on a major creative capstone project and exhibit this work in our end-of-year Gradfest.


  1. You’ll specialize in a chosen area of practice within Visual Art, Design and Digital Media majors, and gain key skills and experience through exciting studio projects, diverse technical workshops, and in-depth contextual discussions.
  2. Expert Lecturers and Technicians provide support in specialist digital and maker spaces to help you realize your creative ambitions.
  3. Purpose-built gallery, exhibition and presentation facilities will prepare you for the professional environment.
  4. You’ll be supported to produce creative work that is experimental, innovative and industry-ready. 

Further study

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

Upcoming Events

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Admission requirements

To be admitted to this programme you must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme’s commencement for the semester in which you wish to enrol, and meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher on the National Qualifications Framework, with 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of two art- or design-related subjects (Design (Practical Art), Design and Visual Communication, Ngā Toi Ataata, Painting (Practical Art), Photography (Practical Art), Printmaking (Practical Art), or Sculpture (Practical Art)), with a further 14 credits at Level 3 or higher taken from no more than two additional domains on the National Qualifications Framework. AND
  2. A minimum of 14 credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework. AND
  3. A minimum of 8 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; a minimum of 4 credits must be in Reading and a minimum of 4 credits must be in Writing; Or
  4. Successful completion of an appropriate qualification at Level 4 or above in an art- or design-related subject, where appropriate. Or equivalent.
  5. You’ll also need to submit a portfolio of work or attend a short interview.


You must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

International applicants and any Domestic applicant for whom English, Māori or NZ Sign is not their first language must also provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme.

Other options

Don’t have NCEA? We can also consider you for Special or Discretionary entry to the programme.

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.