Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours


This is a one-year programme of advanced study in Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography or Sculpture. The BFA(Hons) consists of a submission of works and a research paper in the same subject.

The School of Fine Arts provides opportunities to gain valuable exhibition experience through an ongoing professional relationship with the Christchurch Art Gallery. There is also an artist-in-residence programme and the School enjoys a busy schedule of visiting international artists who share their expertise with postgraduate students. 

On-campus facilities include ample studio space, well-equipped workshops, digital labs, darkrooms and extensive film and video facilities. In addition there is an onsite gallery, and one of the country's top fine arts collections.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates, diplomas and honours programmes require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

Candidates require a Bachelor of Fine Arts in relevant subjects with good grades. Candidates must also submit a research proposal and work scheme that is acceptable to the Postgraduate Admissions Committee.

A special application is required – see the 'How to apply' section below

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours or use the admission requirements checker.

Qualification structure and duration

The Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours takes one year full-time to complete.

Subjects and courses

UC offers five subjects areas for studio specialisation in the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours:

Each honours student will produce a submission of works arising out of approved and supervised studio coursework, as well as a research paper.

How to apply

A special application to the School of Fine Arts must be made by 1 November of the year preceding entry. Application information can be found on the School's website

You can also find out further information about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Further study

UC also offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship, and Master of Fine Arts.

Career opportunities

Numerous exhibitions are organised by the School of Fine Arts throughout the year, allowing students to showcase their work to multiple audiences.

Recent UC graduates have gained employment as professional artists, art gallery directors, photojournalists, commercial photographers, film directors, designers, consultants, art conservators, illustrators, fashion designers, curators, art critics, art historians, graphic designers, lecturers and art teachers.

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours.

For general information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone in NZ 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For study planning help contact the School of Fine Arts:

School of Fine Arts
College of Arts
University of Canterbury
History Building, Level 4
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 364 2176
Email artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

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