Undergraduate applications

CoCA is a world-class college and seeks creative, enthusiastic and dedicated students who demonstrate skill and passion for design, music and the visual arts.

Step One
Check you have everything that is required for your application. Here is an application checklist.
Step Two
Once you have everything, you can start to make your online application here.
Step Three
Design, Fine Arts and Māori Visual Arts programmes you need to provide a portfolio unless you have automatic entry (see below)

Check out portfolio requirements here.

Commercial Music you need to book an audition (Music Practice) and consultation here.

Creative Media Production is an open entry programme and no portfolio is required.

Application Due Dates

1st October for Design, Fine Arts, Māori Visual Arts, Music (Practice). Late applications may be accepted up to 30 November 2017, subject to available spaces.

13th January for Creative Media Production and Commercial Music (Industry and Music Technology).

Automatic Entry

You automatically gain provisional entry, and do not need to submit a portfolio, if you have:

  • NCEA:  NCEA Level 2 with Excellence, including an excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject. Entry is confirmed once you have achieved University Entrance.
  • CAMBRIDGE:  Cambridge International AS grade A or B in an approved art, design or technology subject. Entry is confirmed once you have achieved university entrance.


Portfolios will be assessed as they are received. Successful candidates will be offered provisional entry which will be confirmed upon achieving university entrance.

If you are not successful in your first application, you can re-submit a revised portfolio before the closing date on 1st October.

Find out more about portfolio requirements

Late applications

Late applications may be considered on a case by case basis. Late applications are being accepted subject to available spaces.