Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts

Unitec Institute of Technology

Subject area

Graphic Arts and Design Studies



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts graduates will: be capable of functioning as independent, efficient and effective creative practitioners within a range of contexts; possess both broad and in-depth knowledge of contemporary, historical, social and theoretical contexts for design and visual arts practice; be skilled at applying design and visual art principles to realise creative possibilities and solutions that are imaginative, appropriate and professionally presented; be well informed of current and available technologies relevant to their discipline, and are aware of the implications to technological advancement and changing contexts in relation to practice within that discipline; be confident and capable of asserting themselves creatively within the creative professions and with members of other stakeholder groups; promote change through design and visual arts in ways that are positive, progressive, culturally inclusive and both environmentally and socially responsible; be conversant with matauranga Maori, the Treaty of Waitangi and Maori perspectives and values in general as they relate to the creative professions; be capable of forming and expressing, through discussion and debate, personal opinions that have direct or indirect relevance to industry and operate professionally by using written, oral and visual communication skills; have experience of working collaboratively, and where appropriate, of asserting leadership within the creative professions; be inclined to further their learning through taking initiatives in conducting self directed study and pursue the goals of research, to discover reliable knowledge about creative practice.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Candidates must meet the general, special or discretionary admission requirements, and meet the English Language entry requirements.

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,376 $22,128
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$9,478 $28,434
Total $16,854 $50,562

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A Compulsory Student Services Fee may be charged, see your provider for details.

Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

Median earnings $39,925
Earnings range $30,019 - $46,994
In employment 76%
In further study 14%
On a benefit 3%

All KIS information is the most recent data available and relates to domestic students only.

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Scholarship information

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Fuji Xerox AUT Undergraduate Scholarship

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$6,500 for 2018 and 2019$6,750 for 2020 and 2021

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This information comes from Generosity New Zealand. For more scholarships, search their givME database (formerly called BreakOut) via your college, university or local library website.

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 10 95 10
Phone: (09) 815 2945
Fax: (09) 815 2905

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Where does this information come from?

The Key Information for Students data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on information provided by tertiary education providers and the Ministry of Education. Remember to check the provider’s website for further details.

The MyQ data is compiled by the Tertiary Education Commission based on responses to the MyQ survey provided by recent graduates of this qualification.

NZQA supplies all other information based on material from the provider.

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