Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts
The Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts (PGDipFineArts) offers advanced, practice-based research within a studio subject.
The programme gives students the opportunity to produce work that critically examines the technical practice, artistic influences, trends, and professional industry of their specialist area in Fine Arts.
Students will be able to take advantage of Te Kura Kōwaiwai | Ilam School of Fine Arts’ facilities on campus, such as the on-site gallery, darkrooms, digital labs, workshops, and film suites. Each student will also have their own studio space for practising and showcasing their work.
A Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a B Grade Point Average in your final year courses, is required to enrol. Students with a degree or a diploma in Fine Arts and professional experience in the field will also be considered.
Students with English as an additional language are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
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The PGDipFineArts is made up of 120 points, involving a research project in their chosen studio work.
The programme will take 1 year of full-time study. Part-time study is also possible for up to 2 years, with approval from the Dean of Arts (Academic).
The research courses in the programme are practice-based, and build on your studio subject in Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, or Sculpture.
The PGDipFineArts is made up of either:
- FINA 450 Honours Research (120 points)
- or both FINA 451 Honours Research A and FINA 452 Honours Research B (60 points each)
Students studying the Diploma part-time will complete the two courses option.
With critical research skills and experience in conducting their own projects and art practice, students will be well prepared for work in the ever-changing contemporary art world.
Career pathways could include becoming a professional artist, art curator, consultant, designer, art conservator, teacher, art critic, gallery director, and a wide range of other roles in the creative industries.
Graduates will also be prepared for more advanced research and tertiary practice in their studio discipline.
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For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts.
For study planning help contact the Ilam School of Fine Arts | Te Kura Kōwaiwai or the College of Arts:
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800