Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design

For almost three decades, the Auckland-based Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design has offered specialist art and design courses to New Zealand learners. The college caters for students at all levels, from novice artists and designers through to students who have already started to compile their portfolios at high school.

Whitecliffe is an award-winning specialist in arts and design education offering Continuing Education programmes, Certificate programmes in Arts and Design and Digital Media and Design, Degree programmes in Fine ArtsPhoto MediaFashion DesignGraphic Design, and Postgraduate programmes in Fine ArtsArts Management, and Arts Therapy.

Getting started 

Whitecliffe’s Certificate Of Arts And Design is a level 4 Foundation course taught full time over 18 weeks.  Successfully completing this can allow you to move on to Bachelor study at Whitecliffe or to further art and design study at other tertiary institutions.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Higher level Whitecliffe programmes revolve around their Bachelor of Fine Arts. This programme has four majors on offer, Fine Arts, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, and Photography. During the first year of the degree, you study courses relating to all four majors then move into your specialist major in Year Two. If you decide that a four-year programme is not for you, Whiteclffe courses allow you to step out and take a qualification with you. 

Successfully completing the first year means you can exit with a Certificate of Arts and Design (Level 4); year two earns you a Diploma of Arts and Design (Level 6); year three gets you an Advanced Diploma of Arts and Design (Level 7).

Creativity, independence and risk taking are all strongly encouraged across programmes at Whitecliffe. You are pushed to challenge and stretch yourself, while at the same time enjoying strong support and stimulation from the tutors as well as from your fellow students.

Learn more about arts and design courses at Whitecliffe:

Foundation Certificate of Arts and Design and Digital Media - getting you started

Bachelor of Fine Arts:

Here's the Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design website

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