Duration
Full-time: 5 years
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2022 Semester One – 28 February
2022 Semester Two – 18 July
Available locations
City
Points
660
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

This programme is for people who are both budding scientists and artists. You'll have the opportunity to explore art and creative practice and to pursue postgraduate research in science.

You’ll choose one of 13 specialisations available within Advanced Science: Applied Physics, Chemistry, Computational Biology, Computer Science, Ecology, Environmental Change, Geology, Green Chemical Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and Statistic).

You’ll combine your scientific specialisation with study in contemporary art, choosing from a range of art media and practices. These include ceramics, photography, installation, performance art, print, moving image, digital media, sound art and more.

In your final years, under the guidance of mentors, you’ll complete two independent research projects – one scientific research project and one contemporary art research project.
This conjoint will enhance your scientific research, creativity and critical thinking skills to help bring out the best in you and enhance your career options.

Browse contemporary art projects by our Fine Arts students.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Programme structure

The BAdvSci(Hons)/BFA usually takes five years to complete.

You will need to complete 660 points, consisting of:

  • 375 points from BAdvSci(Hons) courses
  • 255 points from BFA courses
  • 15 points from General Education
  • 15 points from courses available for any programme

You need to maintain a Grade Point Average of 5.0 each year to continue with your conjoint.

The BAdvSci(Hons) programme comprises three core courses and courses from your chosen specialisation, including a research project. Your first year should include courses from your chosen specialisation, as well as a core course and other courses in the Science schedules.

In your second and third years, you’ll enrol in a range of more advanced courses from your chosen specialisation to add depth to your knowledge. In your final year you’ll enrol in a range of postgraduate-level courses from your specialisation, and you’ll complete your own research project in collaboration with one of our researchers.

In your Fine Arts component, you'll explore foundation technologies, critical studies and studio practice. Alongside this, you'll develop and refine your artistic practice by choosing from a wide range of elective courses that suit your developing interests. In your final year, you'll complete a capstone contemporary art project and associated research essay.

Most students need to take one or two General Education courses.

Students should also be aware of the University’s Academic English Language Requirement.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Subjects available in this programme

  • Applied Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Change
  • Fine Arts
  • Geology
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

2022 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.

Guaranteed rank score, subject and other requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • Qualification
    NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
    Score required
    275
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    330
  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate
    Score required
    36

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country or region:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects. 
  • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). You must have completed a minimum of three A-level subjects.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.

Guaranteed grade, subject and other requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Score required
    36
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5
  • Qualification
    GCE A Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level
    Score required
    ABB
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

You need to have the following:

One year successful bachelor-degree level study at a recognised university (or smilar institution) overseas. 

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Guaranteed grade requirements

These are the grades required for guaranteed entry to this programme. If your grades are slightly lower, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

How much does a Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) / Bachelor of Fine Arts Conjoint cost per year?

2021 fees

Domestic students
NZ$7,099.65 – $10,760.85*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.02 per point, estimated at $1,082.70 for full-time study (135 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Cost of living

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For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Key dates

Application closing date: 8 December

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

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How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

For all official programme information, including regulations about entry, enrolment, fees, examinations, and requirements for degrees, diplomas and certificates, see the University Calendar.

Where could this programme take you?

This programme offers a strong foundation for continuing into postgraduate research. Alternatively, you can add to your scientific knowledge with critical thinking, creative problem-solving and artistic perspectives to help you navigate the changing world of work. Your original ideas could improve the performance of your business or organisation.

Jobs related to this programme

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  • Conservator
  • Educator
  • Fabricator
  • Medical/scientific illustrator
  • Museum curator
  • Scientific photographer/videographer
  • Scientific visualisation specialist

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