Master of Visual Arts

Interested in postgraduate study in visual arts? The Master of Visual Arts is an interdisciplinary research degree for creative professionals.

This postgraduate art and design degree is highly flexible and caters for visual arts graduates and students from a variety of other creative backgrounds. You can tailor your studies to suit your art practice and professional interests.

You'll work within our supportive visual arts studio environment where you'll be involved in group discussions and critique of each other’s work. You have access to individual studio spaces, supervisory support and well-equipped specialist art and design facilities. Your design research will contribute to diverse and emerging dialogues around visual arts and creative practice.

Start date: 2023

Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Visual Arts or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in the courses at level 7 or above

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and attend a selection interview

Admission is based on the submission of a proposal outlining the territory of exploration, and the nature of the project to be undertaken by the applicant. It is useful and usual for potential applicants to make an appointment to discuss their interests, before submitting their proposal.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

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As part of this programme you complete a 120-point thesis, which can be either a practice-based or a more theoretical research project in an area of visual arts. You also develop an understanding of research methods and ethics, and complete a number of elective courses.

Specialist areas in visual arts include:

  • Cinema
  • Drawing
  • Installation
  • Interactive technologies
  • Lens-based
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sound
  • Sculpture
  • Video

You study the following course

And choose 45 points from the elective courses below

*Course not being offered in 2019

Complete a thesis

Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a  B- average in coursework courses, including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.

More details about courses in this programme

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Enrolment in courses is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of courses.

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Quick facts
Programme code:
1.5 years full-time, up to 3 years part-time
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
$9,891 (for 120 points)
($8,957 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
$40,134 (for 120 points)
($39,200 tuition fees + $934 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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