Bachelor of Applied Arts

Northland Polytechnic Ltd

Subject area

Creative Arts

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Entry requirements

All applicants must:
* Be at least 16 years of age or over (unless an exemption has been granted) at the commencement of the programme; and
* Have attained one of the following:
o NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance; or
o Successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design, or an equivalent art/design qualification (60 credits at Level 4); or
o 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 should demonstrate 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.

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.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Creative Arts at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

Examples of related scholarships

Marie D'Albini Scholarship

Provided by:

The University of Auckland - The Scholarship Office



Up to $3,000 pa.

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Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust Tressa Thomas Retraining Award

Provided by:

Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust - Manager




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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

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Fax: (09) 470 3556

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