Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

This degree will enable you to become an independent art practitioner, photographer or designer. You’ll learn how to frame and develop creative ideas through hands-on interaction with a range of media, and you’ll gain professional and business skills for self-employment.

Core skills taught include design strategies, drawing, printmaking, painting, photography, and sculpture. In addition, you’ll choose three courses from a range of electives which will enable you to develop complementary skills in particular areas of interest.

As well as studio courses, you’ll complete a group of core courses in academic subjects. These include both professional and contextual studies, which will equip you with developed communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.

Please note: This degree is currently undergoing its regulatory five-yearly review. Courses may change slightly once the review is approved. This will not affect your enrolment status.

You will be well prepared to work within the wide and dynamic creative industries, either in companies or independently as a creative practitioner, craft cooperative designer, curator, gallery assistant, theatre/film/TV designer.

Our graduates work across areas like jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, fabric design and printing. They also take on design studio roles in a range of related industries including galleries, museums and theatres, or in art departments for film and television productions.

Graduates may choose to enrol in a wide range of programmes including postgraduate study:

Prepare yourself for independent art practice in a studio environment.

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NZ$24,365 Per Year

International student tuition fee

3 Years


Feb 2025

Start Month

Jan 2025

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • February 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time