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Master of Fine Arts

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Fine Arts

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Entry requirements

You must hold a recognised bachelor's degree in fine arts OR an equivalent four year programme with at least a B grade average. Three year undergraduate degrees may be considered but you must have achieved an A pass average in the major subject.
You must submit an annotated portfolio, curriculum vitae and a research proposal, including an annotated bibliography. The portfolio must be no larger than 15MB.
Selection for admission includes an interview.
If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate appropriate ability through a current portfolio and a related project proposal which will be approved by the Master of Fine Arts Admissions Committee.
International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no band score less than 6.0.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Master of Fine Arts places emphasis on the integration of studio and theoretical components; on the manufacture of ideas in the process of working with the tools and materials of making and writing and requires a high standard of studio research and its contextualisation and critical analysis within an acadeic dissertation. Graduates will be able to:
 Articulate and debate the aims, methods and outcomes of their research practices.
 Make a significant and engaged contribution within the community of their profession in the visual arts.
 Demonstrate the capacity for self-directed study and the ability to work independently.
 Demonstrate evidence of advanced knowledge about a specialised area of theoretical and applied research relevant to the visual arts field.
 Plan and carry out original research to internationally recognised standards, demonstrating a high order of skill, analytical ability and critical evaluation.
Articulate and debate the links between research methods, theoretical enquiry, and studio based research in relation to their approved topic of study.
For more information refer Otago Polytechnic

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Visual Arts and Crafts at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

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AUT International Excellence Scholarship - South Asia


NZD$5,000Contribution to fees

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AUT International Excellence Scholarship- Southeast Asia


$5000 NZDContribution to fees

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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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Phone: (03) 477 3014
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