Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts in New Zealand

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A bachelor's degree is awarded at the successful completion of an undergraduate academic program. It is often the first degree a student received in his or her academic career. It typically takes four years of full-time study to earn a bachelor’s degree.

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Bachelor of Creative Industries

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 New Zealand Tauranga

Blending graphic design, visual art and fashion in an interdisciplinary setting, the Bachelor of Creative Industries is all about allowing you to learn the diverse range of skills required by creative industries. [+]

Best Bachelors in Visual Arts in New Zealand 2017. Blending graphic design, visual art and fashion in an interdisciplinary setting, the Bachelor of Creative Industries is all about allowing you to learn the diverse range of skills required by creative industries. Taught in connected learning spaces supporting creativity and collaboration, you’ll learn by doing using unique learning tools and taught by some of New Zealand’s most talented artists, fashion designers and leading industry experts. Real-world outcomes ensure our graduates are what industry demands – people who are able to communicate and collaborate and to provide amazing possibilities across a wide range of creative industries. Key points: Collaborative creativity across graphic design, visual art and fashion Creative thinking and problem solving techniques Real world projects Business skills for creatives Practical skills in graphic design, visual art and fashion technologies Artistic authenticity, integrity and independence Content Details Available Majors Visual Art (VA) Explore a range of 2D technologies in painting, drawing, printmaking and process image. Experiment with 3D construction techniques and technologies utilising a range of media. Move onto digital technologies and installation practice to test unique exhibition presentation methods. Graphic Design (GD) Gain a solid foundation in design. Work collaboratively in teams to create client briefs and develop unique solutions to a range of real world problems including branding, illustration, packaging or photography. Advance your software skills and then extend them in the second and third year to encompass new fields such as digital illustration, moving image, animation and studio practice. Fashion Design (FD) Create, design, innovate. See your ideas come to fruition on the runway, in wardrobe and costume. Learn techniques associated with your designs. Dates/Times/Locations Three years of academic study; each year is 34 weeks with up to 20 direct teaching hours per week between 8:00am and 4:30pm. The other working weekdays you’ll be required to undertake self-directed study at Polytechnic. Indicative Fees Domestic students per year $6,208.00 International students per year $19,944.00 Qualifications Gained On successful completion of the programme you will receive: Bachelor of Creative Industries (Level 7) with the relevant major Entry Criteria To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria: A portfolio containing 10 pieces of work University Entrance or successful completion of the Certificate in Art and Design Level 4 Students are expected to have the literacy skills required to meet the academic needs of the degree. Evidence of this may be required. Portfolio BCI applicants are required to submit a portfolio when they apply for the programme. The portfolio will show applicants’ creative ideas, originality, curiosity and imagination, and how they can use this within creative visual work. Special Admission The Polytechnic will consider students for special admission who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme but who in the opinion of the Programme Co-ordinator are capable of achieving the programme outcomes. English Language Requirements International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency. English Competency Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required. Career Opportunities Gain employment in the creative industries as an individual practitioner, sole trader, contractor, or as an employee within the following industries: Visual Art - multimedia, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, exhibition, performance, design, arts manager, art dealing/hiring, arts consultancy, marketing, tourism, arts events and festivals Graphic Design - advertising, web design and development, traditional and digital illustration, publication design, photography, branding and identity work, marketing and promotions, packaging, film editing and post production Fashion and Textiles - designer, technical garment engineer, specialist sample machinist, pattern maker, production manager, product development manager, buyer, retail, wardrobe/ costume designer, stylist, merchandiser, textile artist and fashion illustrator Media - film, television, video, radio, theatre, internet, mobile and social media Potential Employers Design Firms Games Designers Fashion Houses Multi-media, TV / Film Post-graduate Study Publishers Self-employment Teaching – Primary or Secondary [-]

Bachelor of Creative Technologies

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 years March 2017 New Zealand Rotorua + 1 more

Study a range of technologies: art; graphic design; fashion; and interior design, to participate and contribute to the creative industries. [+]

Programme aim Study a range of technologies: art; graphic design; fashion; and interior design, to participate and contribute to the creative industries. The programme is delivered within an applied and collaborative creative technologies environment learners will scaffold and broaden their knowledge, skills and application. Award information To achieve the award of the Bachelor of Creative Technologies: Te Tohu Paetahi Tū Tāngata, students must pass a total of 360 credits as specified in the programme structure, including: 120 credits at Level 5; 135 credits at Level 6; and 105 credits at Level 7. Knowledge and skills you will gain Upon successful completion graduates within their creative technologies discipline will be able to: Apply creative thinking skills, theoretical knowledge and specialised skills to generate innovative creative works. Critically analyse information and apply research skills to develop and refine ideas, towards producing creative outputs. Demonstrate professional and ethical business practices and prepare for selected career. Sustain a studio practice employing principles of analytical and critical investigation and experimentation. Demonstrate intellectual independence, critical thinking and analytic rigour when evaluating own work and the work of others. Inventively apply traditional and emerging technologies to create solutions for real world design challenges. Work effectively both independently and collaboratively to manage project briefs from inception to completion. Effectively communicate to a range of audiences using a variety of strategies. Identify business opportunities, systems and strategies for small business concepts, products or services within the creative sector being cognisant of sustainability. Identify personal values and position relative to political, social, bicultural, economic and environmental frameworks that impact on creative work within Aotearoa New Zealand. Produce a range of practice‐based innovative outputs/works informed by contemporary and historic contexts. Apply technical skills utilising emergent technologies and professional competencies using project management skills. Entry criteria Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations. Applicants must be 17 years of age or over. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens, permanent residents or have the requisite visa for study purposes. Students must be able to demonstrate adequate literacy and/or numeracy skills to enable them to meet all academic and health and safety requirements of the programme/course on which they enrol For international applicants: Must have evidence of academic achievement at least equivalent to University Entrance as approved by the International Education Department. Career opportunities Graphic designer, Museum and gallery work, Independent studio/public works artist, Artist’s assistant, Retail display designer, Printer, Photographer, Photographer’s assistant, Tertiary teaching of art and design, self‐employed practising artist or designer, Employment in the local or global creative industries, Employment in a variety of product and service based industries, particularly those that demand creative and divergent thinking [-]

Bachelor of Visual Arts

Otago Polytechnic
Campus Full time 3 years March 2017 New Zealand Dunedin

This degree will teach you how to become a creative maker, thinker and active agent in a local, national and global [+]

Best Bachelors in Visual Arts in New Zealand 2017. Looking for a way to translate your creativity into a career? Want to gain experience in a range of specialty subjects and discover where your artistic talent truly lies? This degree will teach you how to become a creative maker, thinker and active agent in a local, national and global context. A qualification in the Visual Arts will allow you to find employment in a diverse range of professions such as practising artist, curator, art educator or researcher. A variety of roles within the digital and film industries would also be possible. Gain technical, academic and personal skills which will be transferable to a wide variety of fields including education, design, management and marketing. This qualification provides a perfect bridge into further learning as you select from a range of subjects initially and then move into full specialisation, focusing your talents in your chosen field. Study at New Zealand's most established school of art and benefit from the nationally-unique range of workshop facilities and the excellent studio-based teaching. Flourish under the guidance of highly experienced lecturers who have national and international profiles and represent a diverse range of approaches and understandings. International fee: NZD 20,750 (first year) Skills required Creativity and imagination. The ability to think laterally and independently. The ability to accept criticism and be open to new ideas. Entry Requirements All applicants must submit a portfolio (15MB file size limit if you are applying online). International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements and must have achieved the equivalent of Year 13. If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5. Bridging options Applications welcome from students who have passed the Certificate in Creative Studies programme. Portfolio and writing requirements Portfolio Requirement We require examples of your artwork and the ways that you develop your ideas. Your examples need to show us your working processes and your ability to use a range of materials. If you have been working in the NCEA system, please send us twelve (12) examples of your finished works and of your working processes from your folders. If you have not been working in the NCEA system, please send us six (6) examples of finished work and six (6) pages of sketches or workbook pages. Please submit your portfolio digitally (15MB file size limit if you are applying online) or in an A4 folder. Please do not submit originals as we do not return application folders. Writing Requirement Please include with your portfolio: 1. An essay or written text (at least 300 words). You may include writing produced for any of your NCEA subjects or you may write a new piece on any topic of your choice. 2. A double-spaced letter of not more than one page (300 words) explaining why you want to come to art school and what your experiences of art may have been to date. This may include all or some of the following: - Why art is important to you, the community and the wider world - Your expectations for your own future after your studies - Art galleries you may be familiar with - Artists whose work you may know - Art skills you may have already gained. Additional documentation You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate) and a curriculum vitae. Selection procedure All submissions are viewed by a panel of academic staff and applicants are accepted on merit based on an evaluation of a portfolio of art practice and evidence of academic skills. An interview may be required. Where the number of successful applicants exceeds the places available, a waiting list will be kept and applicants will be offered vacant places in waiting list order. Additional costs The cost of materials, on top of those provided, vary according to individual projects. Further study options This programme perfectly prepares you for further learning and you may go on to study for a Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts, a Master of Fine Arts or a Master of Visual Arts. Programme specific risks You will complete Health and Safety checklists for specific hazards in your courses. During your study, you will use a range of technical equipment and chemical substances. If you have known allergies or reactions to materials, please indicate these in your application. Your workload A full-time programme entails five full working days (or the equivalent) for 32 weeks. Studios are open for extended hours for senior students. FAQ/Answers What is the minimum/maximum age to apply? There is no maximum age to apply, provided that you are a genuine student. Usually, students beginning their programmes are at least 18 years of age. How long will my study take? Undergraduate degrees are three years, diplomas are usually two years and certificates are one year. Graduate and postgraduate qualifications can take one to two years to complete. What about international recognition? All of our qualifications are recognised internationally. You are able to take your Otago Polytechnic undergraduate degree and apply to other national and international tertiary institutions for graduate and postgraduate study. How much can I earn as a student? Those students who are eligible to work while studying may get causal jobs in areas like hospitality or other service industries. Your hourly wage is likely to be between NZD$13-15. What do I need for my student visa? Your Otago Polytechnic Offer of Place letter. This letter means you have been accepted to study. It also states your course fee, which you must pay first to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office. You will then receive a receipt of payment from us. You must submit these two documents (your Offer of Place and your receipt of fees), along with evidence that you have sufficient funds for living expenses, and a return international air ticket or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one, to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office. For programmes longer than 24 months, you will also need to provide very recent medical and x-ray certificates. If you are over 17 years of age, you will need a police certificate to show that you are of good character. See the New Zealand Immigration website for more details. Streamlined visa applications now open! If you are an international student who will apply for your student visa from outside of New Zealand, you might be eligible for the streamlined visa process offered by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). This allows your visa application to be processed faster by INZ because Otago Polytechnic nominates you as a suitable candidate (INZ will decide the outcome and the processing time). Once you have received your Offer of Place from Otago Polytechnic, you may apply for a streamlined visa nomination letter from us. For more information and to submit an application, click here. What happens when I finish my degree? Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can apply for a work visa for another two years. This entitles you to work in the job you have been offered, and may help you qualify for residence. What about applying for New Zealand residency? If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand, it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. Immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to apply for permanent residence. Is there an application fee? No. How long does it take to apply? We suggest you apply at least three to four months before your programme starts so that you are organised to arrive on time. What do I need to include in my application? Your English language test results: IELTS, TOEFL or TOIEC. We also require certified copies of any academic results you have from your overseas high school or university. We may also require your curriculum vitae or a portfolio, depending on your programme entry requirements. [-]

Bachelor of Media Design in Motion Design

Media Design School
Campus Full time 3 years March 2017 New Zealand Auckland

Making text, illustrations, and images move in music videos, television commercials and films is the specialty of the Motion Graphics Designer. [+]

Making text, illustrations, and images move in music videos, television commercials and films is the specialty of the Motion Graphics Designer. Specialise in Motion Design and we'll teach you key technical skills such as 2D and 3D animation, visual effects, composition, image manipulation and text choreography, so that you have the experience and evidence of working to a variety of client briefs. Careers & Industry Design comes to life as you develop motion graphics for commercials, title sequences, music videos and television. The course includes 2D and 3D animation, visual effects, composition, image manipulation and text choreography. Graduates enter the industry with a portfolio that showcases their ability to answer client briefs, collaborate across multiple disciplines and experience working in production. Motion Designers can go on to work in: Television; Advertising; Production houses; Corporate event companies; or as a freelancer Course Outline Year 1 An introduction to theory, professional practice and broad principles that allow you to respond effectively to briefs. You are also immersed in the studio to develop practical and ideation skills. Majors are introduced through theory and studio components. Year 2 Build on knowledge gained in the first year with an emphasis on the production of innovative video and motion graphic campaigns for TV commercials, music videos and logo animation. Acquiring the essential skills in communication, pitching, and collaboration are a critical part of the year. Students are also armed with strategies and methods to develop their own line of inquiry. Year 3 The final year covers essential business methods, research methods and project management before an interdisciplinary group project challenges you to synthesise your knowledge and skills as part of a creative team. You will also embark on a half-year, practice-based investigation of motion graphics. Study in Adelaide Media Design School has partnered with Torrens University Australia to offer a selection of our award winning programmes in Australia. Torrens University Australia, the first comprehensive Australian university to be opened in more than 20 years, will be offering Media Design School's courses in two exciting locations: Sydney, New South Wales and Adelaide, South Australia. These degrees will be of particular interest to students who want to obtain their qualification in a shorter period of time, as Torrens University Australia offers students the opportunity to complete their degrees at an accelerated pace in two years, not three. Study in San Diego Media Design School has partnered with fellow Laureate Design University, NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, USA, to offer our award-winning Media Design course in a city renowned for embracing digital and creative technologies. Located in the same city as the iconic San Diego Comic-Con International, the Bachelor of Science in Media Design will give students the creative and technical skills needed to enter the gaming industry. [-]

Bachelor of Creative Technologies - Game Art

Media Design School
Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 New Zealand Auckland

The Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art) is New Zealand’s only degree specialising in game art. Over three years, you develop artistic style through a combination of traditional art, 3D animation and visual effects using industry-standard [+]

Best Bachelors in Visual Arts in New Zealand 2017. Create beautiful environments and characters and use these assets to develop immersive experiences to share with people in an industry that is bigger than the music and movie sectors put together. From 2D platformers to 3D brawlers, you'll be devising and creating your own interactive stories, digital illustrations, concept art and games that will be viewed by an international audience of game enthusiasts. Within the first sixteen weeks of your first year, you'll have created your very own 2D game and, by the time you've finished your degree, you'll have collaborated with other game artists and programmers alike to develop an industry-level game. Careers & Industry If you are serious about fast-tracking your way into this multi-million dollar global industry, you'll want to make a beeline to a dedicated course that mirrors the industry environment. You'll also want to get alongside lecturers with industry experience who can give you industry insights. Over three years, this course will help you develop your artistic style and technical skills through a combination of traditional art practices and using industry standard software. In the final year, you'll be collaborating with a group of artists and programmers on a major game project, just like in the real world. With this portfolio and experience in your back pocket, you'll have the necessary skills to enter the industry, either in a game studio or as an indie developer. Game Art career paths include: Game Artist Modeller Texture Artist Technical Director Art Director Entry Requirements General Admission To qualify for General Admission, you'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as: An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Media Design School to be sufficient for admission into a bachelors programme. CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination) IB (International Baccalaureate) Plus, it is recommended to have the following: - 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3 in Technology, Art and Design (minimumm) If you are enrolled at a New Zealand secondary school and have not yet completed your NCEA (CIE or equivalent) qualification you can still apply now for admission. When your NCEA results are available in January, we will check them and contact you. International Students If you are an international student, you'll need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language. Study in San Diego Media Design School has partnered with fellow Laureate Design University, NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, USA, to offer our award-winning Game Art course in a city renowned for embracing digital and creative technologies. Located in the same city as the iconic San Diego Comic-Con International, the Bachelor of Arts in Game Art will give students the creative and technical skills needed to enter the gaming industry. [-]

Bachelor of Software Engineering - Game Programming

Media Design School
Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 New Zealand Auckland

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Game Programming) is the only degree of its kind in New Zealand and delivers a highly developed technical knowledge base and skill-set. Work across multiple game platforms including PlayStation using commercial grade [+]

When becoming a Game Programmer, you'll learn best while doing. You'll code, you'll craft and, in the end, you'll graduate with a gaming portfolio like no other. By the end of your third year at Media Design School, you'll have worked with other like-minded programmers and artists to develop an industry level game, giving you the perfect showreel to kick-start your professional career. Better yet, Media Design School is the only school in New Zealand who has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's PlayStation First Academic Development Programme, giving our students the opportunity to develop games for the PlayStation platform. Careers & Industry To be a game developer you'll need both the experience and practical skills to be able to work across multiple game platforms and the ability to collaborate in a group that simulates the industry environment. In this course, you'll be learning C++ along with other coding languages that will help you succeed in the games industry. In your third year, you'll experience an end-of-year project which will be the closest experience you'll get to an industry environment at any tertiary provider in New Zealand. You'll be collaborating in a group with fellow programmers and artists to create a commercially viable game, which you can include in your portfolio and show-reel by the time you go on to work as a professional. You'll also have the opportunity to work with the PlayStation game platform. Media Design School has partnered with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) to become the only tertiary institute in New Zealand where students can develop for PlayStation platforms, giving you the edge once you graduate. Our graduates go to work in game studios here and around the globe, such as Game Loft, Grinding Gear Games, Pik Pok and Krome Studios. A degree in Software Engineering could take you down the following career paths: Game Programmer Software Engineer Graphics Programmer Engine Programmer Artificial Intelligence Programmer Technical Lead Gameplay Programmer Tools/UI Programmer Network Programmer Physics Programmer Sound Programmer Entry Requirements General Admission To qualify for General Admission, you'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as: An appropriate qualification from an overseas secondary school or tertiary institution, deemed by Media Design School to be sufficient for admission into a bachelors programme. CIE (University of Cambridge International Examination) IB (International Baccalaureate) Plus, it is recommended to have the following: - 24 NCEA Credits, Level 3, in Mathematics, Physics, or Computing and Technology. If you are enroled at a New Zealand secondary school and have not yet completed your NCEA (CIE or equivalent) qualification, you can still apply now for admission. When your NCEA results are available in January, we will check them and contact you. International Students If you are an international student, you'll need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language. [-]

Bachelor of Art & Design - 3D Animation & Visual Effects

Media Design School
Campus Full time 3 years February 2017 New Zealand Auckland

The Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects) delivers a comprehensive technical skillset and essential project experience [+]

Best Bachelors in Visual Arts in New Zealand 2017. Create the impossible. Develop stunning 3D Animation and imagery and learn how to use visual effects to blow stuff up...without accidentally blowing your computer up! Our award-winning faculty will take you on an immersive journey; teaching you the basics of modelling, rendering, lighting, and technical direction that will culminate with you being a part of an amazing, industry-level short film in your final year. Careers & Industry To succeed in the film post-production industry, you'll need to be proficient and confident in using industry standard visual effects software. You'll also need experience applying creative thinking and problem solving in a collaborative and demanding environment. Employers value our graduates because this course focuses on the technical skills and soft skills you'll need in the industry. Your first year will begin with an eight week introduction to the world of computer graphics. You'll finish the year by working on an intensive yet rewarding short 3D production that will ensure you have the academic foundation and the skills you need to progress throughout your degree. During your second year, you'll be asked to pick a specialisation in visual effects, technical studies or 3D animation, which will enable you to fine-tune your particular skill set. Your final year will see you working on a number of industry level productions that will culminate with you being a part of an amazing, state-of-the-art short film. You'll also finish your final year with a research project that will provide you with the skills to take your knowledge of 3D animation and Computer Graphics (CG) to new levels. Graduates have gone on to work on blockbuster films including Avatar and The Hobbit Student short films receive international accolades Graduates are in demand for their experience working on major projects within a studio-like environment Career paths include 3D Modeler, Compositor, VFX artist, Animator, Technical Director, Effects Designer. Entry Requirements General Admission To qualify for General Admission, you'll need a minimum qualification of NCEA University Entrance or equivalent, such as CIE or IB University Entrance, or, level 4 or higher Qualification from a related discipline. International Students If you are an international student, you'll need to prove you have sufficient English language skills in order to complete this course. We'll be looking for Academic IELTS 6.0 (minimum), or equivalent qualification if English is not your first language. [-]