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Eligibility and applying for Fine Arts

08 September 2023

There's a separate application process for entry to our Bachelor of Fine Arts programme. Find out about eligibility and applying for Fine Arts at UC.


Am I eligible to enrol?

You must complete an application for entry to the Fine Arts Intermediate Course (form below).


Send your portfolio (including a written statement) together with your Letter of Introduction and Application Form to the School of Fine Arts Reception by November 15. Applicants should expect to be advised of acceptance by the end of November.

Currently sitting or have one or more NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts subjects: Provide a portfolio of 12 A4, A3, or PDF pages with examples from NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts subjects you are sitting. You may also provide examples of work outside of your examinations subject/s.

One or two NCEA Level 3 Art subjects: Provide a portfolio of 12 A4, A3, or PDF pages with examples from your NCEA Art subjects. You may also provide more recent examples of work and work outside of your examinations subject/s.

No NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts: Provide a portfolio of 12 A4, A3, or PDF pages with examples of your artworks.

Re-admission to the Fine Arts Intermediate Year:  Fulfil all enrolment requirements as for first-time applicant.

International students: Visit International Student Enrolment for application and enrolment information.

Late applications: On a case by case basis, we may accept late applications. Please contact the Fine Arts Administrator at

Your portfolio
  • The portfolio is 12 image-based pages plus a written artist’s statement.
  • The portfolio is your opportunity to demonstrate two important areas. Firstly, we need to see the level of your competency and ability in artmaking. Please make sure you include your best work. We also need to see aspects of your methodology to demonstrate how you arrived at your final work. Examples of preliminary sketches are important.
  • We would like to see your work presented to us in the best possible way. We realise it is often impractical to provide us with originals. For that reason we suggest you photograph your work and present digital copies or prints, in colour. This should be presented in an A4 or A3 folder, or in a digital format of 12 pages. You may decide to include a number of works on one page.
  • If you are currently sitting, or have sat, NCEA Level 3 Visual Arts subjects, you should include this work as part of your portfolio.
  • Your artist's statement should demonstrate your ability to express, in writing, a critical understanding of how your work operates, the decisions that determined what you have produced, and what you are trying to address through your work. This should be submitted with your portfolio as no more than one A4 sheet.
  • Your portfolio (including your written statement) can be submitted in an A4 or A3 folder or as a single file PDF on a USB drive, attached to email, or shared via a reputable file sharing service (e.g. weTransfer or Dropbox).
Letter of introduction
  • Your Letter of Introduction should, in your own writing, tell us why you want to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Take this opportunity to mention all of your achievements, awards and interests. This should be submitted as an A4 sheet.
Return of submissions
  • All costs and risks involved in sending submissions to the School of Fine Arts and returning them to the applicant will be the responsibility of the applicant. The university will not be responsible for any damage sustained.
  • Work will be returned in the same packing material in which it is sent.
  • Work will not be returned unless the cost of its return in postage stamps or courier voucher/pack is included with the submission. This requirement is for local, elsewhere in New Zealand, and overseas.
  • All work that does not include some form of return postage/courier, will be disposed of after March 31 of the year applied for.

For further queries please contact the school office on 03 369 2634 to make an appointment with Hayley Walmsley (Creative Arts Administrator).

Application Form for Fine Arts Intermediate Course

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