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Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design, established in 1982 and located in Auckland, is an independent arts and design school of choice, producing the highest quality graduates and shaping exceptional creative citizens. Whitecliffe provides an innovative and rewarding environment with low student-to-lecturer ratios that enable lecturers to focus on the individual needs of students. The programmes are taught by practising artists, designers, educators and researchers who have a passion for art and teaching that inspires and encourages creativity. As well as developing Individual creative talents, students learn critical thinking, research, communication and presentation skills. The vibrant student community of 480 students is exposed to the contemporary arts and design world through exhibitions, international guests and industry professionals.


Independence, creativity and risk-taking are strongly encouraged within Whitecliffe programmes from foundation to postgraduate level. Whitecliffe graduates are articulate, innovative creative thinkers with broad skills and a high level of industry standard technical proficiency. They create powerful and compelling visual expressions of their ideas, are leaders in the creative industries, and shape contemporary culture.


The Foundation Certificate enables students to create a portfolio which assists in meeting requirements for entry into degree level study.


The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered over four years (with exit qualifications offered at the successful completion of each year)

BFA majors are:

  •  Fine Arts
  •  Graphic Design
  •  Fashion Design  
  •  Photography


The Postgraduate, low residency programme includes:

  •  Master of Fine Arts
  •  MA in Arts Therapy or MA in Arts Therapy (Clinical)
  •  MA in Arts Management 


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