What will I learn?

The programme focuses on developing skills in general Drawing, Painting and Design courses while offering opportunities for more focused sampling and exploration within four areas (Fine Arts, Photo Media, Fashion Design, and Graphic Design,) which are the departments within the Bachelor of Fine Arts programme at Whitecliffe.

The emphasis is on practical projects and broad understanding of visual arts and design issues, supported by conceptual content and knowledge. This ensures that students develop appropriate thinking skills and can manage projects/briefs under broad guidance; and gain a broad base of art and design- related knowledge so they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and skills for further tertiary study and/or entry level employment in the field.

Graduates will produce a portfolio and gain a broad knowledge of art and design- related subjects to ensure they are equipped with the learning strategies, attitudes and self -management skills for further tertiary study and or entry level vocations.

Graduates will gain skills and knowledge to fill junior assistant and/or support roles in arts and/or creative industries. Successful completion of the programme results in the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4).


Students are introduced to a range of drawing and painting techniques and concepts leading to the production of a portfolio of work. Gaining a basic understanding of mark making and rendering, students learn how to develop drawings from preparatory sketches. A basic introduction to practical painting skills, mediums, techniques and concepts, students work from an initial concept, developing paintings from preparatory sketches and colour studies and completing an artwork to a basic level.


Students are introduced to the principles, elements, and processes for creating a design. Students will be introduced to commonly used design software, and encouraged to think about how it can contribute at all stages of the art making and design process. Working with a range of different media and through demonstrations, discussion, studio and computer lab activities and assignments students will develop a basic understanding of composition and colour and image and text.


Students will experiment with photographic concepts and processes and gain basic knowledge of composition within the photographic media, dark room processes, image capture skills, editing techniques and gain a broad knowledge of contemporary themes in the photographic medium. The course includes discussions around the many different conceptual approaches to photo media within art and design.


This course includes fundamental printmaking processes; printmaking studio management & safe practices, making a plate, intaglio inking methods, printing methods, using the press & screen printing, including stencil creation & printing on both paper & fabric. Students will develop an elementary theoretical and conceptual understanding of one or more contemporary printmaking processes.

The Certificate in Arts and Design programme also includes 5-day workshops in Visual Research, Contextual Studies, and Portfolio Techniques.

Jobs related to this programme

Junior Assistant

Arts Support Roles

Design Support Roles

Freelance Creative

Study options

Full Time (18 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ$12,000.00 (US$ 7,939) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 February 2021, 16 July 2021


Manukau Campus

Level 2, 3 Osterley Way,



2104, New Zealand

Full Time (18 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ$12,000.00 (US$ 7,939) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected July 2021



Auckland Campus,

67 Symonds Street,



1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

NCEA University Entrance or equivalent CIE/IB award. Note that discretionary entrance is available to students who have gained exceptional marks in level 2 NCEA. Some of the above academic requirements may be waived for students over 20 years of age.

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About this uni

Whitecliffe College is an independent school based in New Zealand covering the areas of art, fashion, design, and technology.

  • Based out of five campuses in New Zealand
  • Enjoys beautiful surroundings and stunning scenery
  • Faculty with extensive experience in industry
  • Peaceful and safe study environment