Duration
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: Varies
Next start date
2018 Semester One – 26 February
2018 Semester Two – 16 July
Available locations
City
Points
120
Programme type
Postgraduate

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (PGDipFA) gives you the opportunity to integrate studio practice with critical studies. You will work on your own studio-based research projects, developing your practice to its full potential, and expand your understanding of contemporary art forms in their various cultural contexts.

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.

Research project: 120 points

2018 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

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
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPA Grade Point Average 5.0

    Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Visual Arts

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) within two years of starting the PGDipFA. You will require a GPA of 5.0 in the final year of your bachelors degree.

If your BFA was completed more than two years prior to starting the PGDipFA, 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.

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
    Taught 120 points
    Grade required
    GPE Grade Point Equivalent 5.0

    An undergraduate degree in fine arts or visual arts.

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

Further programme requirements

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in the field of fine arts or visual arts 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 (BFA) degree is a suitable pathway into this postgraduate degree.

You may be eligible to transfer credit towards your BFA if you hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline, such as visual arts.

You may also be invited to undertake a Transitional Certificate as a pathway into the degree. If you are eligible for this, you will be contacted when your application is being assessed.

How much does a Postgraduate Diploma in 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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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.

Jobs related to this programme

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

Student career planning service

Once you become a student at the University, you can get help with planning and developing your career from Career Development and Employability Services.

For Creative Arts and Industries specific career advice, visit Creative Careers.

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