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Bachelor of Arts and Media (Level 7)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
Duration:
3 years
Start date: 22-February-2021
Campus:
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Course details

Summary

Based in a region blessed with stunning natural landscapes and an abundance of sunshine hours, you'll be able to draw on the same creative influences that have attracted more than 350 practicing artists and designers to the region.

Our Bachelor of Arts and Media programme will provide you with the fundamental skills to move into personal practice or a variety of careers within the arts, design and media industries, or to pursue further study.

You'll develop the ability to generate innovative ideas and design solutions grounded in academic and technical excellence, effective use of visual language and extensive specialist knowledge in 2-D and 3-D design including painting, graphic design, animation, photography, digital video, illustration and jewellery.

The studio courses offered in the degree are flexible enough to enable you to follow your own interests and directions. You have the option to select your own pathway so you can specialise in the subject that most suits your career aspirations.

Study pathways

The Bachelor of Arts and Media can be completed in three years of full time study. In your first year, you will be exposed to all areas of arts and design through compulsory courses in Lens-based Media, Graphic Design, Object Design and Image Making along with Communication and Critical studies relevant to the creative industries. In your second year, you will dig deeper with courses critical design thinking and professional practice, and advanced your skills in the creative areas of your choice.

In your third and final year, you will complete this Bachelor programme with a major project, tying together research, independent study and a presenting your final studio project work at the end of year BAM exhibition.

What will I learn?

Through all of the courses in the Bachelor of Arts and Media programme, you will be working towards being able to

  • Apply broad knowledge, and practical and conceptual skills in the production of arts, craft and design work (think creatively)
  • Use investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies (apply creative processes and methods)to develop responses to briefs, and to solve problems
  • Use research to support the development of ideas and to inform your own work (research skills) within the conventions and contexts of arts, craft and design
  • Critique your own work (critical thinking) and the work of others (teamwork), communicate in a range of situations and present your own resolved work in simulated real-world situations (communication and presentation skills)
  • Apply professional practices (act professionally) to manage projects within defined deadlines (time management), and select potential education and employment pathways in arts, craft and design.

Most courses include topics that allow for industry engagement, group work, peer feedback and practising your presentation skills.

In years two and three you will be able to specialise in the area of arts and design that most interests you; Lens-based media, object design, graphic design or our image studios, and even further develop your unique skills with your final year project.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 3 qualification.

OR

A qualification on the NZQF at Level 4 or above in a related discipline

OR

A qualification or examination recognised as being equivalent to achievement of NCEA Level 3 (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination)

English language requirements:

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at the level at which they enter the programme. Those students whose first language is not English will have:

an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Academic score of at least 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each component), issued within the last two years

  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 20)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): PToE (Academic) score of 50
  • City & Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 66

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the full entry requirements may be granted admission to the Programme on the approval of the Head of Department or delegate if he/she is confident of the applicant’s ability to successfully undertake the degree with a reasonable likelihood of success.

Portfolio:

Portfolios should be an arts and/or design portfolio or equivalent personal portfolio

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