Postgraduate options

Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) and Master of Arts

Under arrangement with the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec), Ara Institute of Canterbury is delivering postgraduate programmes in Christchurch for graduates from degrees in the Creative Industries and elsewhere from 2016.

Two programmes are on offer:

  • Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) - 120 credits
  • Master of Arts - 120 credits

Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours)

This programme is available for one year, full-time study, or part-time equivalent.

Application is welcomed from graduates of Ara Institute of Canterbury's Bachelor of Music Arts, Bachelor of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Design or equivalent qualifications.

Further information and the process for application can be found on the Wintec web site

If you want to further your learning in arts and/or update your studio practice and understanding of current discourse in your field, then the Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) offers a contemporary, open and rigorous learning environment tailored to your needs.

The Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) is a postgraduate programme - ideal for graduates who wish to undertake an in-depth investigation into their chosen field, within a research-focused learning environment. This programme offers opportunities for responding to and anticipating new developments in the visual arts, communication and music fields. The Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) continues the focus of undergraduate programmes in Media Arts where multi-disciplinary practice is encouraged.

As an Honours student you will receive supervision for both the practical and the theoretical components of your study. Additional supervision from external representatives of your professional field can also be established. You will have frequent formal and informal meetings and critiques with other staff and students to discuss your work, helping you to frame and respond critically to issues surrounding your practice at the level required by the professional world. The learning environment is good-humoured, varied and active, encouraging input from staff and students equally.

Facilities are made available to you as determined by the nature and requirements of your project. Individual practice and studio spaces, fabrication workshops and industry-standard digital and moving image facilities are provided for Honours students. Various performance spaces, exhibition sites, tutorial and critique rooms are used for scheduled classes and for formative and casual review of work. Technical staff maintain the operation of facilities and equipment and are available to assist you in practical and logistical issues in your study

Master of Arts

This programme is available for one year, full-time study, or part-time equivalent

The Masters is ideal for graduates of the Bachelor of Media Arts( Hons), or applicants with equivalent qualifications or professional practice.

Further information and the process for application can be found on the Wintec web site

The Master of Arts programme provides you with postgraduate study leading towards professional and higher academic practice. This one-year postgraduate programme is ideal for graduates who have completed the Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) programme, equivalent qualification, a Postgraduate Diploma or professional practice.

You will extend your domain of practice through undertaking a body of sustained, independent research. This in-depth investigation is in your chosen area of visual arts, design or music practice within a research-focused learning environment. The programme will prepare you for high level investigation of, and intervention within your chosen academic or professional field.

As a Masters student you will receive supervision for both practical and theoretical components of your study. Additional supervision from both external representatives of your professional field and / or for students wishing to utilise Kaupapa Māori methodologies in their research are available. You will have frequent formal and informal meetings and critiques with other staff and students to discuss your work, helping you to analyse, evaluate and articulate your research practice. The learning environment is supportive, positive, varied and active, encouraging input from staff and students equally.

Facilities at Ara are made available to you as determined by the nature and requirements of your project. Individual studio spaces, fabrication workshops and industry standard digital environments are provided for Masters students. Various performance spaces, exhibition sites, tutorial and critique rooms are used for scheduled classes and for formative and casual review of work. Technical staff maintain the operation of facilities and equipment and are available to assist you in practical and logistical issues in your study.

For further information on studying these two programmes at Ara, please contact Head of Creative Industries Tom Rainey