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Universal College of Learning (UCOL)


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Bachelor of Design and Arts

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 14-February-2022
UCOL Whanganui Campus
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Course details


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.

Learn from the best in the field and gain practical skills through intern projects, drawing, art/design labs, history, theory and 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
  • Design Media: 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

Education pathway:

  • Postgraduate Diploma of Design
  • Master of Design

Industry Connections

  • UCOL's School of Creative Industries is a Corporate Member of the Designers Institute of NZ (DINZ)
  • Our students and graduates have taken out top prizes in the DINZ BEST Awards many times over the years.
  • UCOL has an impressive range of industry stakeholders in the fields of fine arts, fashion and design media
  • Bachelor of Design Arts students undertake real-life industry projects in a wide-range of art and design through internships.

Entry criteria

Applicants under 20 years of age:

  • University entrance
  • Or equivalent academic achievement.
  • Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

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.

All prospective students must provide a portfolio and written statement.

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible) not less than 2 years old at the time of submitting the enrolment application. TOEFL (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2, C1, or C2 with score of 169; no less than 162 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic): Score of 50 with no band less than 42.


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