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Master's degree

Master of Fine Arts

03 October 2023

UC's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) provides a development opportunity if you're interested in establishing yourself as a professional artist or scholar, career designer, filmmaker, or photographer. Learn more about studying an MFA through our Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts.


Master of Fine Arts

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time


Master of Fine Arts

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)




2025 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $42,200


Master of Fine Arts


The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) provides a development opportunity for students who have an interest in establishing themselves as professional artists or scholars, or career designers, filmmakers, or photographers. This Master's encourages participants to explore the latest trends, develop their own ideas, and build their confidence in the public realm.

UC offers the MFA in Moving Image, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.

Fine Arts provides opportunities to gain valuable exhibition experience through an ongoing professional relationship with Te Puna o Waiwhetū | Christchurch Art Gallery. There is also an artist-in-residence programme, and our campus 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 on-site gallery, and one of the country's top fine arts collections.

A number of scholarships and awards are on offer for talented students.

Master of Fine Arts

Entry requirements

You will need to have completed:

  • a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, or an equivalent degree with good grades in relevant subjects; or
  • significant professional practice or teaching experience.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Fine Arts or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

Applicants submit a proposal outlining the direction their practice will take for that year to the Department of Fine Arts. These can be made at any time. Contact the Department for the application process.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Master of Fine Arts

Career opportunities

Postgraduate Fine Arts study at UC exposes you to many facets of the art world outside of university. It helps to build an artist's confidence, and preparation for the exciting and open-ended career of a professional artist.

Useful information:


2025 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — to be confirmed
  • International — $42,200

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,344
  • International — $40,600

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2025 — to be confirmed
  • 2024 — $1,100.40

Master of Fine Arts

How do I plan my degree?

This degree involves a submission of work in one of the areas of practice, or a combination of courses and submission of work.

You document all your work and are expected to exhibit your work publicly at the conclusion of the degree.

The Master of Fine Arts is normally completed over 1 year full-time, starting in February. Part-time applicants are welcome, and can complete the degree in 2 years.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Fine Arts.


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