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Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

STARTS: February 2022
Madras Street
International Close Date: Please enquire

Learn how to frame and develop creative ideas through hands-on interaction with a range of media and prepare yourself for independent art practice in a studio environment

Applied visual art aims to develop the student as an independent art practitioner or designer. Core skills taught include design strategies, drawing, printmaking and sculptural skills in a range of materials. In addition students will choose three courses from a range of electives, which will enable them to develop complementary skills in particular areas of interest.

As well as studio courses, students will complete a group of core courses in academic subjects. These include both professional and contextual studies, which will give them developed communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.

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Please note: This degree is currently undergoing its regulatory five-yearly review. Courses may change slightly once the review is approved. This will not affect your enrolment status.

Fees for 2021

Domestic Fee
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
International Fee
$23,260 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022

University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at level 3 and 20 credits at level 2 or higher) which must include 14 credits at Level 3 in each of three approved* subjects and:

  • Literacy* - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing,
  • Numeracy* - 10 credits at Level 1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627)

OR a qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework at Level 4 or above in a related discipline.

Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020, you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. total of 36 credits). Literacy and Numeracy requirements remain the same

* NZQA approved subjects: see http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Additional requirements include a written statement and a portfolio of work

You may be required to attend an interview if there are any questions raised by your portfolio or written statement.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

  • If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.
  • Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 6.0 Academic

  • 5.5 Listening
  • 5.5 Reading
  • 5.5 Writing
  • 5.5 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

You will be well prepared to work within the wide and dynamic creative industries, either in companies or independently as a creative practitioner, craft cooperative designer, curator, gallery assistant, theatre/film/TV designer.

Our graduates work across areas like jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, fabric design and printing. They also take on design studio roles in a range of related industries including galleries, museums and theatres, or in art departments for film and television productions.

Study pathways

Graduates may choose to enrol in a wide range of programmes including postgraduate study:

  • Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) (Wintec)
  • MFA (University of Canterbury)
  • PGDipFA (Massey)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Art and Design (AUT) (Honours)

Recommended school subjects

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Graphics
  • English or English-rich subjects

Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

FULL-TIME - 3 Years

Learn how to frame and develop creative ideas through hands-on interaction with a range of media and prepare yourself for independent art practice in a studio environment

Information
Type Degree
Code CH3756
Next Starts February 2022
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date Please enquire
Credits 360
Level 7
Additional Equipment/Fees $1000 per year
May be eligible for Studylink? Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference CH3756-APPV

Fees for 2021

Domestic Fee
$7,100 - $7,900 per year
International Fee
$23,260 per year
International Insurance
$523.50 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$320 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2021

Fees for 2022

Domestic Fee
$7,221 - $8,034 per year
International Fee
$23,656 per year
International Insurance
$553 per year
Indicative Student Services Fee
$324 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2022
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Applied Visual Art - Bachelor of Design - Yr 1 - Feb 2022 - Christchurch
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Additional Entry Requirements

Additional requirements include a written statement and a portfolio of work

You may be required to attend an interview if there are any questions raised by your portfolio or written statement.

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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