Bachelor of Arts and Media (Level 7) (UG:Bachelor)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology New Zealand

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How long you will study
3 years

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How you will study

Course starts
February, July

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About Bachelor of Arts and Media (Level 7) at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Study art and design in the creative hub of Nelson.

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 options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardUG:BachelorHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsFebruary, JulyDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

NZ$18,000 per year plus Student Services Levy.

Entry requirements

Academic RequirementsApplicants under the age of 20

Achievement of NCEA Level 3 (60 credits at Level 3 or higher and 20 credits at Level 2 or higher) including:

  • A minimum of 14 credits at Level 3 or higher in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects
  • A minimum of 10 credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori made up of:
    • 5 credits in reading
    • 5 credits in writing


  • achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or
  • A minimum of 10 credits at Level 1* or above in Numeracy, made up of:
    • unit standards - package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required)

*for the list of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 standards that contribute to University Entrance requirements, please visit the NZQA website (external link)


  • Successful completion of a recognised art / media foundation programme or equivalent, for example the Level 4 courses within the Diploma in Arts & Media (Certificate in Arts & Media).

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 (with at least 5.5 in each component), issued within the last two years


  • an equivalent qualification.

If you do not have an IELTS test score, you may send us other evidence of your English language level. Please see NZQA English Language Entry Requirements for more details. (external link)

Computer Literacy

A reasonable level of computer literacy is needed. The programme involves producing work in electronic forms. Therefore, applicants accepted onto the programme without sufficient computer literacy will be invited to make use of NMIT’s computer facilities in order to bring their computer skills up to a sufficient standard to succeed in their studies.


All applicants must submit a portfolio of work showing ability in the Visual Arts and Design major.

The portfolio may include a selection of the following:

  • Sketchbooks/workbooks showing the development of ideas
  • Art / design / media works, including both process works and finished works in the medium or field in which the applicant wishes to study
  • Photographs or recordings relevant to the major
  • Photographic or digital records of any of the above.

Portfolios will be examined for evidence of the applicant’s potential to further develop the following attributes:

  • Technical skills in major studio speciality areas and
  • Design processes and/or concept development.

Special Entry

In exceptional circumstances an applicant under the age of 20 years who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the Bachelor of Arts & Media Programme where they supply evidence to satisfy the Academic Committee of their ability to succeed on the Bachelor of Arts & Media Programme.

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