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Bachelor of Design and Arts

Level 7

To meet the demands of the increasingly diverse art and design industries, UCOL’s Bachelor of Design and Arts degree includes majors in visual arts, graphic design and textile/fashion design to give you the competitive edge in these exciting fields.

Fashion Design student drapes a garment at the Whanganui School of Design
Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: Whanganui

Duration: 3 years, full-time or part-time study options

Dates:
20 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
24 Jul 2017 - 29 Jun 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,319.65

International Fees:*
$20,310.00

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

As part of the Whanganui School of Design (WSD), you will learn from the best in the field and gain practical skills through intern projects, drawing, art/design labs, history and theory professional practice.

All students in the Bachelor of Design and Arts programme will choose a major area of study which could include:
  • Visual Arts: Painting, sculpture, photography, glass, digital arts
  • Textile/Fashion Design: Fabric printing, garment construction, textile art, fashion photography
  • Graphic Design: Typography & print, animation, video, web

Career & Study Outcomes

  • Graphic design
  • Visual art
  • Fashion design
  • Gallery curation
  • Videography
  • Animation
  • Marketing
  • Movie industry
  • Television
  • Product design
  • Costume design
  • Theatre and prop design
  • Photography
  • Art or design administration and management
  • Secondary and tertiary teaching learning programmes


To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Graphic and Web Designers, Industrial Designers and Photographers.


Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:




Student & Staff Profiles

Industry Connections

  • Whanganui School of Design is a Corporate Member of the Designers Institute of NZ (DINZ)
  • Whanganui School of Design students and graduates have taken out top prizes in the DINZ BEST Awards many times over the years.
  • Whanganui School of Design has an impressive range of Industry stakeholders in the fields of Fine Arts, Fashion and Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Design Arts students undertake real-life Industry projects in a wide-range of art and design through Internships.

Learning Facilities

The Whanganui School of Design is a New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) heritage award winning building located on Taupo Quay and features modern spacious studio suites with industry leading technology and equipment.

Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants under 20 years of age:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects at level 3 or above made up of 14 credits each in three approved subjects.
  • Literacy 10 credits at level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing.
  • Numeracy 10 credits at level 1 or above made up of Achievement standards (specified Achievement standards through a range of subjects), or Unit standards (a package of three numeracy Unit standards: 26623, 26626, 26627, all three required).

Or equivalent academic achievement.

Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

Or a provisional enrolment.

Applicants over 20 years of age:
A person having reached the age of 20 years by the first day of the programme in the year, for which admission is sought, is not required to hold the above entry qualifications.

International Entry Requirements

Students who have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (eg International Baccalaureate, Cambridge examination) should contact UCOL for requirements.

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.


Applicants under 20 years of age:
There are specific academic entry requirements for international students under 20 years of age. Please enquire for details.

Scholarships

Advice & Guidance

All prospective students must provide the following:

All applicants are asked to provide a portfolio of work and written statement that summarises their personal interest in Design and Arts. These are requested in order to ensure students have the ability and commitment required to succeed at Level 5. The content of the portfolio may also help staff to guide students in their choices of both majors and electives within the degree.

Written Statement
All applicants are asked to submit a 200 word written statement. In this short piece of writing you should try to summarise your personal interest in Design and Arts. The statement may say what drives you to study at UCOL and present other information that you think is relevant to your application.

Portfolio
All students applying for the Bachelor of Design and Arts (with a major in Graphic Design, Visual Arts or Textiles/Fashion Design) need to submit a portfolio of work which demonstrates previous engagement with creative activity. Portfolios can take a number of different formats and each will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Portfolios can be submitted either in hard copy or digital format and could contain any combination of the following:
  • Drawings or sketches
  • Paintings or other artworks
  • Photographs
  • Prototypes or toiles
  • Concept drawings
  • Examples of sculptural or 3D work
  • Graphic Design
  • Examples of applied art or craft work
  • Original film or video
  • Textiles design
  • Interior design concepts
  • Examples of anything else that demonstrates creative engagement
The Bachelor in Design and Arts comprises 360 credits and has majors in graphic design, visual arts and textiles/fashion design.

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Course Information

Year 1 - Core Courses
  • Visual Language
  • Art/Design
  • Design Practical 
  • Art/Design History 
  • Drawing 

Elective courses depend on your chosen major of graphic design, visual arts or textiles/fashion design.

Year 2 - Core Courses

  • Art/Design History 
  • Art/Design Theory

Elective courses depend on your chosen major of graphic design, visual arts or textiles/fashion design. In addition, you can choose two of the following:

  • Digital Photography
  • Illustration
  • 3D Modelling
  • Moving Image
  • Glass Studio
  • Printmaking
  • Textile and Fibre
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Object

Year 3 - Core Courses

  • An internship/industry project comprising 48 lecturer supported learning hours and 102 independent learning hours where you will be expected to undertake an industry oriented design or art project that addresses the needs of the project client. The independent learning hours may be undertaken in the workplace or at UCOL's studio.
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Practice

Elective courses depend on your chosen major of graphic design, visual arts or textiles/fashion design. 


Previous Related Programmes

The Bachelor of Design and Arts supersedes and takes the best from the following programmes of study, which are no longer offered:
  • Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Fashion
  • Diploma in Glass Design and Production

Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.
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