Full-time: 4 years
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2021 Semester One – 1 March
Available locations
Programme type
Conjoint options available

Programme overview

If you complete Part III of the Bachelor of Fine Arts with a B grade or higher, you are eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (BFA(Hons)) programme for your fourth year of study. The BFA(Hons) allows you to support your preferred artistic practices with individual research at an advanced level.

The BFA(Hons) builds upon the practical and theoretical elements developed across Part I, Part II and Part III of the BFA. You will explore an area of interest expressed through your chosen media, honed through critical thinking, seminars and critiques of your research and your output.

Conjoint options

Conjoint programmes let you pursue two undergraduate bachelors degrees at the same time.

Learn more about conjoints

Programme structure

The programme aims to develop your artistic practice to its full potential, and to expand your understanding of contemporary art forms in their various cultural contexts. You will develop a year-long project that culminates in a substantial work or exhibition, complemented by a piece of critical writing related to your investigation throughout the year.

Honours research project: 120 points

2020 entry requirements

Programme requirements

You must have completed Parts I, II, and III of the Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland before starting the BFA(Hons) or BA/BFA(Hons).

Further programme requirements

Prior study

You will require a GPA of 5.0 across all of your Stage III courses in Fine Arts.

Other pathways to study

The 240-point Master of Fine Arts is a suitable postgraduate study option for those who already hold an undergraduate degree from a similar tertiary institution.

How much does a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) cost per year?

2019 fees

Domestic students
International students

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 $7.06 per point, estimated at $847.20 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

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

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Scholarships and awards

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Student loans and allowances

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Applications for the 2019 intake open on the 6 March 2018 and close on the 8 December 2018.

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.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2019
8 December 2018

Start dates

Here are the start dates for the programme.

Other important dates

See important dates for the academic year, including orientation, enrolment, study breaks, exams, and graduation.

We welcome any questions you may have about postgraduate study at Elam. Contact our postgraduate adviser by phone or email.

Postgraduate Adviser
Senior Lecturer James Cousins
Phone: +64 9 923 9577

Where could this programme take you?

There are three common areas where Elam graduates find employment – public sector, private organisations, or as a practising artist or entrepreneurial creative. As the business world looks to innovators, the capabilities developed through a creative education are becoming highly sought-after.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Animator
  • Art curator
  • Art director (TV/film)
  • Art writer or critic
  • Artist
  • Creative director in an agency
  • Designer
  • Educator

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