Bachelor of Design and Arts


Subject area

Graphic Arts and Design Studies

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Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry to the programme, applicants must hold at least one of the following: Under 20 years of age applicants: o NCEA Level 3
o Three subjects at level 3 or above made up of:
* 14 credits each in three approved subjects
o Literacy - 10 credits at level 2 or above made up of:
* 5 credits in reading
* 5 credits in writing
o Numeracy - 10 credits at level 1 or above made up of
* Achievement standards--specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or
* Unit standards, a package of three numeracy unit standards: 26623, 26626, 26627 (all three required)
Equivalent academic achievement
On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean
Provisional enrolment.
Over 20 years of age: A person having reached the age of 20 years by the first day of the programme in the year, for which admission is sought, is not required to hold the above entry qualifications. International applicants: Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact UCOL for requirements. The minimum English proficiency entry requirement for international students is IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible) not less than 2 years old at the time of submitting the enrolment application.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Primarily this degree aims to provide an educational and vocational pathway for students to pursue the knowledge, skills and attributes identified as those that support creativity and innovation in the development of professional practice aligned with the 21st century design and arts environment.

Consultation with relevant stakeholders established that a qualification of this nature is attractive to school leavers, current students in related undergraduate programmes, professionals employed in associated disciplines and potential employers. Recommendations arising from consultation underpin the following articulation of the degree's purpose and aims.

The learner group, identified through consultation during the development of this qualification, is people interested in pursuing an exciting and challenging study pathway in order to develop the personal attributes and the skills required to make a contribution to design and arts related industries. Undergraduate students are keen to follow an educational pathway that supports their passion for creative expression, advances their career aspirations, adds mana to their curriculum vitae, builds their confidence and results in a portfolio of work that they are proud to exhibit or present in a range of design and arts related contexts.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Graphic and Design Studies at this level can earn:


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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (06) 952 7000
Fax: (06) 952 7023

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