Bachelor of Arts and Media


Subject area

Fine Arts



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

Bachelor of Arts and Media (Visual Arts and Design)/(Creative Writing) aims to
- Create an excellent teaching and learning environment based on open and intelligent enquiry underpinned by research;
- Develop students' independence, technical skills, and theoretical knowledge to prepare them for successful careers in their specialist arts or media field;
- Develop and consolidate students' understanding of the principles, elements, and effective use of the relevant visual or written language;
- Enable students to gain the necessary industry knowledge and technological expertise to begin creative careers in the rapidly changing contemporary world;
- Foster understanding of the theoretical, historical, and cultural contexts of contemporary arts and media practice and enable students to apply this understanding to their own practice;
- Prepare students for postgraduate study;
- Produce skilled artists, designers, and writers, who are literate across a range of technologies, and have the ability to take cross-disciplinary approaches, who will go on to make a positive contribution to regional and national arts and creative industries;
- Provide a degree programme that is relevant and responsive to the needs of the regional arts environment and economy and will prepare graduates for successful practice both within the region and beyond.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic Requirements: University Entrance: NCEA Level 3 (60 credits L3 and 20 credits L2 or higher) which must include: 14 credits L3 in each of three approved* subjects including at least one from the following subjects list: Painting; Design; Photography; Sculpture; Printmaking; Graphics; Design; Textiles; Media Studies; Drama; Materials Technology; Digital Technology; English; History; Social Sciences or Art History as well as Literacy* - 10 credits L2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading, 5 credits in writing and Numeracy* - 10 credits L1 or above (specified achievement standards, or unit standards 26623, 26626, 26627); OR a qualification on the NZQF at L4 or above in a related discipline; OR a qualification or examination recognised as being equivalent to achievement of NCEA L3 (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination) (NZQA approved subjects: see standards/awards/university-entrance/). Alternative Requirements : Applicants who are unable to evidence that they meet Academic entry requirements, but who can demonstrate acquired skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, may be approved for alternative entry by the Curriculum Manager (or delegate). English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in each band), Note: Applicants who do not have evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, may contact NMIT for an assessment. Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test. Other Requirements: Portfolio of work showing ability in arts and design. Online Study: Access to a suitable workspace, Access to materials suitable for meeting assessment requirements

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$6,588 $19,765
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$10,377 $31,130
Total $16,965 $50,895

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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 $41,000
Earnings range $33,000 - $50,000
In employment 61%
In further study 26%
On a benefit 3%

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 422 733
Phone: (03) 546 9175
Fax: (03) 546 3325

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