Bachelor of Applied Arts

Northland Polytechnic Ltd

Subject area

Creative Arts



3 Years

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Applied Arts programme aims: - to prepare a students for a variety of vocational settings or entry into post-graduate studies through use of theory, research skills, practical skills, industrial experience and project work; - to develop creative, lateral-thinking problem-solvers in the Arts workplace. The degree programme thus aims to provide the opportunity for students in the arts to pursue higher level work in the theory, research and practice which will yield the specialised knowledge required to seek selected positions in the careers requiring that knowledge. Most of the fields in the applied arts areas are seeking better qualified entry level personnel. It is envisioned that these students will be qualified to enter Master's programmes at universities or other polytechnics, either upon graduation or later in their career.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age or over (unless an exemption has been granted) at thecommencement of the programme; and have attained one of the following: NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance; or successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design, or anequivalent art/design qualification (60 credits at Level 4); or has proof of relevant experience equivalent to a Level 4 Art/ Design qualification; and submit a portfolio that shows skills in drawing and Art/ Design. The portfolio shoulddemonstrate artistic ability in relevant art/ design practice. Including but not limited to:Photography/ Graphic Design/ Digital Media Arts and Design/ Sculpture/ Whakairo/Raranga/Painting/ Printmaking/ Drawing Applicants for whom English is not their first language must achieve an IELTS academic score of 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent from a recognised alternative English proficiency test.

Detailed requirements

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3 Years

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$7,267 $21,800
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$9,441 $28,324
Total $16,708 $50,123

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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 $34,534
Earnings range $23,522 - $44,224
In employment 70%
In further study 19%
On a benefit 3%

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Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust - Practicum Awards

Provided by:

Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust - Manager




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Marie D'Albini Scholarship

Provided by:

The University of Auckland - The Scholarship Office



Up to $3,000 pa.

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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

Phone: (09) 4703555
Fax: (09) 470 3556

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