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Master of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts

  • ID:UC640107
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

Students must normally have completed:

  • a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours, or an equivalent degree with good grades in relevant subjects; or
  • significant professional practice or teaching experience.

English requirements

  • IELTS: Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • TOEFL iBT: Total minimum score of 90, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
  • TOEFL PBT: With a minimum score of 575 and TWE with a minimum score of 4.5
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade
  • CAE or CPE: minimum score of 176 with at least 169 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • NZCEL:  Level 5

Course Information

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) provides a development opportunity for students who have an interest in establishing themselves as professional artists or scholars, or career designers, filmmakers, or photographers. This Master's encourages participants to explore the latest trends, develop their own ideas, and build their confidence in the public realm.

UC offers the MFA in Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.

The Ilam School of Fine Arts | Te Kura Kōwaiwai provides opportunities to gain valuable exhibition experience through an ongoing professional relationship with the Christchurch Art Gallery | Te Puna o Waiwhetū. There is also an artist-in-residence programme, and the School enjoys a busy schedule of visiting international artists who share their expertise with postgraduate students.

On-campus facilities include ample studio space, well-equipped workshops, digital labs, darkrooms, and extensive film and video facilities. In addition there is an on-site gallery, and one of the country's top fine arts collections.

A number of scholarships and awards are on offer for talented students.

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Major subjects for the MFA are:

  • Film
  • Graphic Design
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Students complete the appropriate course based on their specialisation:

  • FILM 601
  • DESI 601
  • PAIN 601
  • PHOT 601
  • SCUL 601
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Postgraduate Fine Arts study at UC exposes students to many facets of the art world outside of university. It helps to build an artist's confidence, and preparation for the exciting and open-ended career of a professional artist.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance/year: 700 NZD/per year

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