Toi Ataata,
Fine Arts

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From Dance Dance Astronesian. Emiko Sheehan. BFA(Hons).

The Land Between. Chad Bevan. BFA(Hons).

Mana Wahine, Lauren-Jean Dennison, BFA, 2016.

Experience learning through an integrated Pōwhiri framework, which incorporates Māori perspectives and guides you through four years of supportive learning.

Fine arts studio.

Explore a range of contemporary art mediums and practices in shared studio classes while being immersed in a diverse environment.

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Discover how to produce work that makes people think and feel, act and react.

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Be an inventive, dedicated thinker and maker.

What can I study?

Art

Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours

Contribute to the wider understanding of the world through art.

Be the commentator, the activist, the narrator or the storyteller across a range of mediums to transform perceptions, express a point of view or make a political comment.

Work in an interdisciplinary studio environment, surrounded by other students working in all types of media.

Develop your own unique art practice, voice and confidence as an artist.

[The Strong, Silent Type]. Kauri Hawkins. BFA(Hons).

The Strong, Silent Type. Kauri Hawkins. BFA(Hons).

Isabella Loudon

BFA (Hons)
Graduated 2016

Isabella came to an art career after previously studying veterinary science and design. She explored a variety of materials and methods, and describes her practice as sculptural although it incorporates video, drawing and writing too.

Isabella has exhibited at Toi Poneke, The Robert Heald Gallery, the Blue Oyster, Adam Art Gallery and The Auckland Art Fair.

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Isabella Loudon, as herself/waiting for love.

as herself / waiting for love, installation view. Isabella Loudon. BFA(Hons).

What degree?

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours—BFA(Hons)

    Contribute to the wider understanding of the world through art.

    Ideal if
    • You have a number of art interests and want to explore what fit is right for you or you have a singular art interest and want to develop your specialised skill.
    • You are a school leaver or you’re starting a new career path.
    • You want a full immersive experience in art.
    Key information
    Duration
    Four years full-time study.
    Entry

    Selected entry—you'll need to show us a portfolio of your creative work, unless you have excellent secondary school results.

    Find out more about entry to the BFA(Hons)

    Location
    Wellington.
    Intakes
    February or July.
    Application
    Due 1 October (February start) or 30 June (July start).
    Find out more
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  • Master of Fine Arts—MFA

    Conduct purposeful, advanced, transdisciplinary art or design research that connects with people well beyond the university.

    Ideal if
    • You already have an Honours degree and want to undertake an in-depth art or design research project.
    • Or, you already have a Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts or Design.
    • You want to grow your specialisation and need time to focus in a particular area.
    • You want peer support, mentoring and collaboration in order to enhance your expertise from a cohort of students with a variety of backgrounds and transdisciplinary practices.
    • You want your own dedicated studio space.

    This programme includes four intensive one-week blocks per year.

    Key information
    Duration
    Two years full-time study or three to four years part time.
    Entry

    Selected entry—you'll need to submit a portfolio of your creative work, and attend an interview.

    Find out more about entry to the MFA

    Location
    Wellington or by distance.
    Study options

    When you complete your MFA, you can choose to have it awarded with or without designation: MFA (Fine Arts), or MFA (Design), or MFA.

    Intakes
    February.
    Application
    Due 15 November (February start).
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  • Doctor of Philosophy—PhD

    Become the absolute top in your field by pursuing rigorous research, and pushing and challenging current knowledge. Contribute significantly to the understanding of a field of interest.

    Ideal if
    • You want to produce a sustained piece of advanced research work in a creative arts discipline. This could be a written thesis, or one comprised of creative practice research and a written component.
    • You have completed a postgraduate Bachelor (Honours) degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a Master degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours in a relevant field. This qualification must also include a substantive (minimum 30 credits) research project, dissertation or thesis in which you have achieved a minimum grade of B+.
    Key information
    Duration
    Three to four years full time or six years part time.
    Location
    Auckland, Wellington, Manawatū, or by distance within New Zealand.
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  • Certificate in Visual Arts—CertVisualArts
    Diploma in Visual Arts—DipVisualArts

    Ideal if
    • You want a taster of all of the design subjects available.
    • You want to be introduced to the basics of art and design (creative thinking, visual communication and critical awareness).
    • You want a flexible programme with lots of choice, that can lead into the Bachelor of Design with Honours or Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours.
    Key information
    Duration
    One year full-time or part-time over a longer period.
    Entry

    Open entry—just apply online.

    Location
    Wellington.
    Intakes
    February.
    Application
    Due 13 January (February start).
    Find out more
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  • Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts—GDipFA

    Ideal if
    • You already have a Bachelors degree in a non-design discipline, and you want to change direction.
    Key information
    Duration
    One year full time, or part-time over a longer period.
    Entry

    Selected entry—you'll need to submit a portfolio of your creative work. Find out more about entry.

    Location
    Wellington.
    Intakes
    February.
    Application
    Due 15 November (February start).
    Find out more
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Professor Huhana Smith

Huhana Smith

Head of School of Art, Whiti o Rehua
Professor

Huhana Smith is an active practitioner, researcher and academic. She is an artist, curator and principal investigator in research that engages with major environmental, transdisciplinary, kaupapa Māori and action-led projects.

She is currently a joint principal investigator for an environmental research project in Horowhenua-Kāpiti, using mātauranga Māori methods alongside science, to address climate change concerns. Huhana combines the visual systems of art and design in exhibitions that illustrate potential solutions to complex issues, and make them accessible to local Māori communities. 

In 2016, she was appointed as the first woman with whakapapa Māori to head an art school in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her iwi are Ngāti Tukorehe (affiliated to Raukawa ki te Tonga) and hapū are Te Mateawa, Te Rangitāwhia and Kapumanawawhiti.

Her 2007 PhD was entitled Hei whenua ora: hapū and iwi approaches for reinstating valued ecosystems within cultural landscape.

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