May 19, 2014

Call for applications: Master of Fine Arts

Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland
Clockwise from left: The University of Auckland Clocktower; Auckland Triennial 2013, Yangjiang Group at George Fraser Gallery; Paula Schaafhausen (MFA 2013); Yoshiko Teraoka (BFA, Honours, 2013); Hector Zamora (Elam International Artist in Residence), White Noise.

The two-year MFA program is taught in an intimate environment with international connections through its renowned faculty and Elam International Artist in Residence programme. Guest artists support the faculty and engage students in contemporary creative initiatives worldwide. 

With three options for the second year of study including studio practice, research portfolio or thesis you are able to design a pathway through your study that best supports your individual interests. The program comprises individual supervised independent projects, lectures and seminars. Well-equipped workshops for photography, film and video, sound and other computer-based work as well as for wood, printmaking, casting and fabrication are open to all students. Each student is provided a studio space, and all teachers at the school are available as supervisors.

Over the two-year curriculum, the MFA program includes many opportunities to discuss the artist’s practice and to engage with the arts industry nationally and internationally. At the end of the MFA programme all students work towards a final group show that has launched many artists into their careers both in New Zealand and internationally.

Elam School of Fine Arts is located in the heart of Auckland City, which is ranked third out of 221 world cities for quality of living in the 2012 Mercer Quality of Living Survey. Auckland’s harbour setting, magnificent beaches and verdant bush make it a great place to study and work, while the University’s close proximity to New Zealand’s most respected galleries and cultural centres enables staff and students to rub shoulders with leading practitioners in their field. Within the Creative Arts and Industries campus, together with the School of Architecture and Planning, School of Music and Dance Studies programme our school is part of a thriving creative focal point in the country.

The National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) is a respected centre for creativity, research, teaching and practice at the University of Auckland. At NICAI you can study architecture, urban planning and urban design, dance, fine arts, music and sonic arts. We offer a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes and a wealth of opportunities for research in the creative arts and industries. You will study alongside other creative people, sharing ideas and collaborating on projects within a stimulating interdisciplinary framework.

Whether you’re looking to equip yourself for a creative career in the national or international arena, or to contribute to the world’s knowledge through postgraduate research, NICAI provides a dynamic environment where creative talent and entrepreneurship thrive.

Artists/students with diverse backgrounds interested in innovative artistic practice and research are encouraged to apply.

Please note: if you have a degree in another field altogether but have maintained a professional practice as an artist for some years we may consider an application. 

The online application is open for Semester 2, 2014 applications.For more information, eligibility requirements, etc., please see our website



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