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Master of Creative Practice

Are you passionate about creativity, art practice or cultural expression? Do you enjoy designing solutions to complex problems, or imagining new ways of experiencing and living in the world? Would you like to influence society by changing opinions and values to make a positive difference? Could your portfolio benefit from completing an advanced creative research project? Advance your career through a Masters programme designed for creative professionals.

Level
9
Credits
180 (1.5 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three years

Programme overview

The Masters of Creative Practice enables graphic designers, contemporary artists, photographers, product designers, animators, game designers, performing artists, UX designers, directors, actors, dancers, filmmakers, costume and technical artists, producers, and digital creatives to learn independently and collaboratively in studio and classroom environments. This programme supports and challenges you to question ideas, explore new professional practices and develop research and creative practice capabilities at an advanced level in your chosen discipline. 

This 180 credit programme will allow you to immerse yourself in a dynamic community of diverse creative practices including dance, theatre, music, film, digital media, animation, raranga (Maori weaving), visual art, craft, costume design, graphic design, product design, experience design, game design and service design. Work on exciting and innovative projects in our creative studios and learn from industry-leading arts and design staff. 

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

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

The second and third semesters of study consist of the capstone project, which involves conceiving, proposing and carrying out a creative research project to completion (90 or 120 credits), during which time you will be supervised and mentored by academic staff and/or industry professionals. An example of this final project might be a performance, exhibition, design prototype or publication.

 

Highlights

  • Dynamic studio environments that facilitate independent and collaborative working practices;
  • Build your own Masters degree as a stair-cased qualification;
  • Create a body of new work, build a portfolio, advance your practice and refresh or reorient your career;
  • Learn about and apply Kaupapa Maori and Pacific approaches to creative practice;
  • 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 activities;
  • 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. 

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

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 2020; the course timetables for 2020 will be available in mid-November.

Courses Credits Aim
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.
Courses Credits Aim
Research Project (ICIB9002) 90.0 credits (0.75 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) (ICIB9003) 120.0 credits (1 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.
Courses Credits Aim
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