Duration
Full-time: Varies
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
120 or 240
Programme type
Postgraduate
Research options available

Programme overview

The Master of Fine Arts programme provides an opportunity to advance both your creative practice and research abilities. You will develop your chosen specialisation through research and experimentation within a dedicated postgraduate studio environment, encouraging cross-discipline perspectives. The aim of postgraduate study at Elam is to polish your practice and research skills in order to prepare you to make a meaningful, rich contribution to contemporary art.

Programme structure

The MFA has multiple entrance pathways (see Entry Requirements) and the structure of your programme will depend on at which stage you enter.

240 point MFA

In the first part of the programme (120 points), you will use practice-based research to develop a contemporary art research interest and foster critical engagement and dialogue, with the goal of advancing your level of studio-based learning. 

If you maintain an average grade of B- or higher in your first part, you will be able to continue to the second part, when you then select one of the following options (120 points):

  • Masters Studio, studio-based practice including a piece of critical writing relevant to your research
  • Fine Arts Thesis, using your research as material for an entirely written submission 
  • Fine Arts Research portfolio, which allows for flexibility of outcomes (eg a greater critical writing component; curatorial project)


 

120 point MFA

You will select one of the following options:

  • Masters Studio, studio-based practice including a piece of critical writing relevant to your research
  • Fine Arts Thesis, using your research as material for an entirely written submission
  • Fine Arts Research portfolio, which allows for flexibility of outcomes (eg a greater critical writing component; curatorial project)

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Disclaimer: Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required, do not guarantee entry, and are subject to standard regulatory approval. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) or Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Fine Arts

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (BFA(Hons)) or Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (PGDipFA) within two years of starting the MFA. You will need a GPA of 5.0. 

If your BFA(Hons) or PGDipFA was completed more than two years prior to starting the MFA, then you must submit a portfolio and CV via the portfolio system SlideRoom.

Portfolio content

The works presented should demonstrate visual sensibility, creativity, technical skill and give an indication of your current involvement in the arts and an overall impression of your interests.

Your portfolio may include up to 12 items of work, including but not limited to the following media:

  • A reproduction of a painting, print, photograph, sculpture, design, workbook page, and/or a media file of your recent moving image/performance/audio work.

CV content

This should cover your previous art training, experience and practice / employment. Include all exhibitions, art and design-based activities and collaborative projects.

An interview and/or references may be required and you will be notified if these are needed.

You must have completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) within two years of starting the MFA. You will need a GPA of 5.0 in your final year of study. 

If your BFA was completed more than two years prior to starting the MFA, then you must submit a portfolio and CV via the portfolio system SlideRoom.

Portfolio content

The works presented should demonstrate visual sensibility, creativity, technical skill and give an indication of your current involvement in the arts and an overall impression of your interests.

Your portfolio may include up to 12 items of work, including but not limited to the following media:

  • A reproduction of a painting, print, photograph, sculpture, design, workbook page, and/or a media file of your recent moving image/performance/audio work.

CV content

This should cover your previous art training, experience and practice / employment. Include all exhibitions, art and design-based activities and collaborative projects.

An interview and/or references may be required and you will be notified if these are needed.

Other pathways to study

The BFA(Hons), PGDipFA, or BFA are all pathways into the MFA degree.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Study option
    Research 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    One year of postgraduate study in fine arts

  • Study option
    Research 240 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree in fine arts

  • Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.5

Further programme requirements

Select your study option:

You must have completed a one-year postgraduate degree, following an undergraduate degree, in fine art, contemporary art or visual art. Your study must have been at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a GPE of 5.0.

You must submit a portfolio and CV via the portfolio system SlideRoom.

Portfolio content

The works presented should demonstrate visual sensibility, creativity, technical skill and give an indication of your current involvement in the arts and an overall impression of your interests.

Your portfolio may include up to 12 items of work, including but not limited to the following media:

  • A reproduction of a painting, print, photograph, sculpture, design, workbook page, and/or a media file of your recent moving image/performance/audio work.

CV content

This should cover your previous art training, experience and practice / employment. Include all exhibitions, art and design-based activities and collaborative projects.

An interview and/or references may be required and you will be notified if these are needed.

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in fine art, contemporary art or visual art at a recognised university (or similar institution). You will need a GPE of 5.0 in your final year of study.

You must submit a portfolio and CV via the portfolio system SlideRoom.

Portfolio content

The works presented should demonstrate visual sensibility, creativity, technical skill and give an indication of your current involvement in the arts and an overall impression of your interests.

Your portfolio may include up to 12 items of work, including but not limited to the following media:

  • A reproduction of a painting, print, photograph, sculpture, design, workbook page, and/or a media file of your recent moving image/performance/audio work.

CV content

This should cover your previous art training, experience and practice / employment. Include all exhibitions, art and design-based activities and collaborative projects.

An interview and/or references may be required and you will be notified if these are needed.

Other pathways to study

The University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) are suitable pathways into this masters programme.

You may also be eligible to transfer credit towards your BFA or BFA(Hons) if you hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, such as fine art, contemporary art or visual art.

If appropriate, you may be invited to complete a Transitional Certificate before commencing the 240-point MFA degree. Once your MFA application has been assessed, you will be contacted if this is relevant to you.

How much does a Master of Fine Arts cost per year?

2018 fees

Domestic students
NZ$8,023.20*
International students
NZ$39,584*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2018 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 $6.78 per point, estimated at $813.60 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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Cost of living

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Key dates

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 2018
8 December 2017

Start dates

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Other important dates

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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. For more, visit our careers webpage - www.creative.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/creative-careers.html.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Academia
  • Art curator
  • Art writer or critic
  • Artist
  • Creative director in an agency
  • Designer
  • Educator
  • Researcher

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