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 Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.
Te Kura Kōwaiwai | Ilam School of 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 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 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.
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 Te Kura Kōwaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts. These can be made at any time. Contact the School for the application process.
Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
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.
Major subjects and courses for the MFA are:
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.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
- For research into career destinations by qualification, visit Te Pōkai Tara | Universities New Zealand website.
- Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
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For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Master of Fine Arts.
For study planning help, contact Te Kura Kōwaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts.
Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
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