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Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Four years full-time
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Express yourself

As an art student at the College of Creative Arts you’ll be producing work that makes us think and feel, act and react, whatever your mode of art-making - whether performative, digital, object-based, lens-based, paint, print, installation, film or something else entirely.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

Get the full picture

In the BFA (Hons) you’ll spend a lot of time in the studio, experiencing different approaches to making art, and developing your own unique practice.

The programme isn’t media-specific, so you can focus on the methods and ideas of contemporary art production, and make bodies of new work that are responsive to a variety of contexts. Technical workshops will help you develop the practical skills you need.

Like our staff, you can work across sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, installation, moving image, photography, printmaking, site-responsive work, curatorial activities and art writing. The BFA will stretch you, ground you in art theory and immerse you in art-making. The BFA prepares you for any career that requires creativity, resilience, determination, critical thinking, problem-solving and attention to technical excellence.

International recognition

Massey’s College of Creative Arts is ranked in the top 100 by QS University rankings, and has the highest number of top-ranked art, craft and design researchers in the country. The College of Creative Arts is NASAD approved as Substantially Equivalent.

If you are an international student, please check out how to apply.



We offer a range of scholarships you might be eligible for, including the Massey University Vice-Chancellor’s High Achievers Scholarship (closes 20 August).

How to plan your degree

There is more detail under the “Planning” tab at the top right of this page, and at

How to apply

There are three main ways to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours (BFA(Hons)).

  1. Automatic entry: If you achieved NCEA Level 2 or 3 with Merit or Excellence overall and a Merit or Excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject, you have automatic entry and will not have to submit a portfolio. (This also applies for Cambridge International students achieving an AS grade A or B in an approved art, design or technology subject.)
  2. Portfolio pre-approval entry: You can show work in progress to a Massey College of Creative Arts staff member during a school visit, Massey Open Day or other University event, or video call. They’ll look at examples of your work with you and if it shows the creative potential we’re looking for, they’ll sign a portfolio pre-approval letter. Then you won’t need to submit a final portfolio with your application.
  3. Portfolio entry: Submit a portfolio showing a selection of your creative work that demonstrates your creative potential with your application to study.

After applying you’ll also need to attend an interview, in person or over Skype.

We recommend you apply by 1 October each year, but later applications will be considered. See the College of Creative Arts website for more detail.

International applications

It is recommended that international students apply at least three months before the start date to allow for processing.

A good fit if you:

  • You are passionate about art and art-making
  • Want to follow your passion
  • Love experimentation, creative expression, and critical thinking
  • Want the freedom to be yourself, with easy access to tutors and excellent technical facilities
  • Enjoy Wellington’s vibrant art scene
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Jordana Bragg
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Graduated in 2016
Audio Visual Technician - City Gallery Wellington

“I loved the entire experience of Art School, it was exactly where I wanted to be, who I wanted to be, and be with, in a supportive environment, where I could push boundaries…”

Long before Jordana Bragg graduated from University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honours she had contributed to numerous panel discussions, group shows, and exhibited her final fourth year project in the main foyer of the Christchurch city council building, as part of the Body Festival (2015).

Currently Jordana is: working at City Gallery Wellington as a host and audio visual technician; a member of the Enjoy Public Art Gallery trust board; a founding member of the new Wellington based artist-run initiative Meanwhile Gallery (35 Victoria Street); and is involved in the exchange programme between Wellington and German based artists Friends Are Artists/Freunde Sind Kūnstler.

Recently Jordana completed a four month major project with curator Sophie Giblin and artist Hana Pera Aoake (funded by CNZ and the WCC), and prepared for upcoming exhibitions of her latest works, including SOLO 2016 at the Dowse Public Art Gallery.

Jordana’s practice spans photography, writing, installation, video and live performance, with video documentation being her primary medium.

Leaving Dannevirke at seventeen Jordana came to Massey University. “I loved the entire experience of Art School, it was exactly where I wanted to be, who I wanted to be, and be with, in a supportive environment, where I could push boundaries.”

Her major project 18 easy pieces is a case in point; Jordana didn’t, as is often expected, present a finished product, she shared everything, a year of investigation and documentation of her body in 18 pieces, she says “it is a diary, and the (re)iterative nature of that project has carried on since”.

“I was presenting extracted stills and screening works before they felt complete, that was a terrifying experience, speaking to auditoriums full of people, attempting to answer big questions I was scared to even ask myself, before I felt ready, but, I guess I was”.

“As a series 18 easy pieces becomes a curatorial cheeseboard, each work playing with and against the others together, operating over and over in different ways in new contexts.”

She has been prolific in her work, focusing on the emergence of ‘internet art’ and ‘screen and youth culture’. Online she re-contextualises her works using both stills and short clips of the videos on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Her works have been transformed into a fabric that laces her artistic identity into people’s everyday lives. Often she re-contextualises not only her body of work, but her physical body: A social media pioneer of repetitious themes, concerns, aesthetic and representational exploration.

Jordana’s artistic involvement is much wider than her own work. “Through Enjoy Public Art Gallery, the artist run initiative Meanwhile and City Gallery Wellington I feel I can contribute, to support positive growth, I love having a hand in, putting my hand up. It’s all a ball and chain I love to carry.”


The Bachelor of Fine Arts can be an entrance to professional fine arts practice, or it may lead to a variety of career opportunities in art-related fields. These can include art education, arts administration, and key involvement in creative industries where problem-solving skills are in demand.

Graduates may also continue on to postgraduate studies in fine arts to further develop their fine arts abilities, knowledge, research interests, and skills.

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