Passionate about art? Our Bachelor of Visual Arts prepares you for the demands of a career in contemporary art, whether as an artist or in the many other roles within the art sector. Study visual arts with us and enjoy your own studio space where you can follow your interests in art – including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, moving image, sound and performance, multimedia approaches, or new and emerging technologies. AUT Bachelor of Visual Arts alumni are now carving successful careers around the world, as notable artists, curators, arts administrators, academics, teachers or technicians.
You'll approach image making as a process that involves fluid interaction between visual qualities, ideas, technologies and media. Using media and technologies in ways that suit your inventive purposes, you'll then develop a territory of interest for art making. Participate in workshops and seminars on painting concepts and techniques, printmaking concepts and techniques, studio practice and how to work with ideas and images, and on the critical analysis of works of art.
Develop an independent lens-based direction from a foundation of learning in photographic theory and technical learning. You'll learn work with a broad range of high-end equipment and facilities, including large format analogue photography, studio lighting and digital processes that include moving image work. By questioning what photography is and how it operates in the world today, you'll develop a photographic art practice that is critical and current.
Explore the breadth of sculptural artworks and contexts in contemporary art. You'll be encouraged to develop individual approaches to your making through experimental and open-ended investigative methods. There's a strong focus on the exploration of sculptural concepts and ideas driving contemporary art, inclusive of materiality, time, objects, space, site and place as well as installation, performance and social art practice. In the final year, students develop individual projects based on their own research interests and related media, methods and processes.
Arts administrator, manager or director
Art critic, historian, commentator or writer
Art gallery manager or owner
All applicants need to meet AUT’s minimum entry requirements qualification equivalent to New Zealand year 13. They must have portfolio of art work. An interview may be required.
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic
Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.