Study options

We offer a broad range of studies in a stimulating interdisciplinary studio environment. Browse the contemporary art programmes we have available.

At Elam you’ll be part of an interdisciplinary studio programme, enabling you to work across a variety of media and art forms.

As your level of study progresses, you’ll move from guided learner to independent researcher and creative professional.

You’ll graduate with the skills you’ll need to initiate and sustain a career as an exhibiting artist.

A qualification in fine arts could also provide entry into many other creative occupations, including: artist, teacher, animator, art critic, art curator, art educator, art gallery director, arts writer, commercial photographer, creative director in an agency, film director and set designer.

Undergraduate programmes

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Designed to cater for all creative backgrounds, this multidisciplinary, studio-based programme is suited to those with or without previous experience in an art studio.

For new students from 2021:

Changes to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme are currently in the formal approval process. We’re increasing our conjoint degree study options from one to 11, reducing the length of study in the BFA from four to three years and opening a part-time study option.

From 1 September, you will be able to apply to study in a Bachelor of Fine Arts alongside study in one of these 11 bachelors degrees:

From 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts students will be able to complete their degree in three years full-time, or six years part-time.
Points per degree: 360

Applications open 1 September 2020.

If you have any queries about the new programmes, please contact our Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre team.

Email info-creative@auckland.ac.nz

 

Postgraduate programmes

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (BFA(Hons))

An advanced research extension for students who successfully complete Part III of the Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (PGDipFA)

An introduction to postgraduate study in contemporary art, the PGDipFA is a sound launching platform for in-depth research and exploration of your creative practice.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Develop your independent, research-informed practice in contemporary art in Elam’s vibrant, interdisciplinary environment.

Doctoral study at Elam

Elam offers advanced research qualifications in the form of the Doctor of Fine Arts (DocFA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Please visit our Doctoral study at Elam page to learn more about these programmes and available supervisors.