Courses - Faculty of Creative Arts And Industries


Fine Arts

Stage I

FINEARTS 101
30 Points

Studio 1.1

Students will work on a range of 'ideas based' activities that will challenge them progressively to develop and extend their knowledge and skills. These range from short focused projects to those allowing more time for research and personal development. Students will cover a range of the disciplines available in the school and be encouraged to explore in a cross-disciplinary manner.

Corequisite: FINEARTS 103 or 104

FINEARTS 102
30 Points

Studio 1.2

An extension of projects from FINEARTS 101 Studio 1.1. Students will be encouraged to develop personal creative directions with a focus on experimentation and interdisciplinary art and design outcomes.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101

Corequisite: FINEARTS 103 or 104

FINEARTS 103
15 Points

Drawing and Related Practices

An introduction to different approaches to drawing and its relationship with contemporary practices in art and design, including traditional approaches to drawing and drawing techniques. Students will also explore drawing as a conceptual process. Research which investigates drawings as both a technical and conceptual practice is encouraged.

Corequisite: FINEARTS 101 or 102

FINEARTS 104
15 Points

Introduction to Critical Studies

An introduction to contemporary art from a practice-led perspective. Themes, ideas and movements relevant to the field of contemporary art will be introduced, alongside key theoretical and philosophical terms. Students study the ways these contextual and conceptual frameworks inform art production. Emphasises the multiple ways in which art-practice engages with these frameworks. Aspects of tikanga Māori and its relationship to art-making will also be introduced.

Corequisite: FINEARTS 101 or 102

FINEARTS 105
15 Points

Special Topic

Stage II

FINEARTS 201
30 Points

Studio 2.1

Provides an understanding of contemporary artistic practice relevant to students' developing artistic interests. Students engage with current art and/or design ideas, methodologies and positions and become experienced in understanding their own practice in relationship to contemporary practices in an increasingly reflexive manner. Consists of the supervised completion of a number of prescribed briefs from which students select.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101, 102, 103 and 104 or FINEARTS 100

Corequisite: FINEARTS 203

FINEARTS 202
30 Points

Studio 2.2

Focuses on the conditions of reception relevant to students' work including: ways meaning is created; how art and/or design works are read; and the significance of presentation strategies. Consists of the supervised completion of longer briefs, of which one is self-generated.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 201

FINEARTS 203
15 Points

Studio 2.3

Study and exploration through practice of an issue relevant to a discipline or area of contemporary discourse. Students will understand, explore and analyse a selected issue through readings, discussions and production and presentation of studio work.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101, 102, 103 and 104 or FINEARTS 100

Corequisite: FINEARTS 201 or 202

FINEARTS 204
15 Points

Critical Studies

A practice-led perspective to consider the key contexts and concepts relevant to contemporary art introduced in FINEARTS 104. Examines selected theoretical and philosophical terms, their broader cultural contexts, and their relevance for art-practice. Complements FINEARTS 207 and 208, by exploring art's dynamic relationship to the range of contexts and knowledge discussed, and the ways in which these relationships inform art's production and reception.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101, 102, 103, 104

Corequisite: FINEARTS 201 or 202 or 207 or 208 or 209 or 212

FINEARTS 205
15 Points

Special Topic

FINEARTS 206
15 Points

Fields of Practice 2

Allows students to study and explore through practice an issue relevant to a media area, with the aim of encouraging reflexivity in relation to media processes. In this course students will understand, explore and analyse a selected issue through readings, discussions and production and presentation of studio work.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 203

Corequisite: FINEARTS 202

FINEARTS 207
45 Points

Studio Practice 1

Provides an understanding of contemporary artistic practice relevant to students' developing interests. Students will engage with current art ideas, methodologies and positions and will gain experience in understanding their own work in relationship to local and international contemporary art practices. Consists of the supervised completion of a number of prescribed briefs, and focused contextual study in an area relevant to the student's broad interests. Discipline-based and interdisciplinary learning will be undertaken, with a dual emphasis on the development of conceptual thinking and material languages.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101, 102, 103, 104

Restriction: FINEARTS 201, 203

FINEARTS 208
45 Points

Studio Practice 2

Focuses on the conditions of reception relevant to students' work including ways meaning is created; how art works are read; and the significance of presentation strategies. Consists of a range of supervised briefs embracing media specific, interdisciplinary, Māori, local and global approaches to creating art works. Students will also engage in focused contextual study in an area relevant to their studio interests.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 207 or 209

Restriction: FINEARTS 202, 206

FINEARTS 209
30 Points

Studio Practice 1

Provides an understanding of contemporary artistic practice relevant to students' developing interests. Students will engage with current art ideas, methodologies and positions and will gain experience in understanding their own work in relationship to local and international contemporary art practices. Consists of the supervised completion of a number of prescribed briefs. Discipline-based and interdisciplinary learning will be undertaken, with a dual emphasis on the development of conceptual thinking and material languages.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101, 102, 103, 104

Restriction: FINEARTS 201, 203, 207

FINEARTS 210G
15 Points

Understanding Contemporary Visual Arts Practice

How does the contemporary artist and designer work? This course presents first hand, locally engaged practitioners' perspectives on creative practice. On successful completion of this course students will be able to access local, contemporary art and design with confidence, and to discuss examples of practitioners' methodologies and areas of investigation. Course work will involve active exploration of the local art world.

Prerequisite: 60 points passed

FINEARTS 211G
15 Points

Understanding Contemporary Fashion Design

Investigates the relationship between fashion design and identity to build understanding of the increasing rapidity of clothing change as both the product of individual choice and the manifestation of a need for community. The emphasis will be on the consumption of fashion and its relationship to the human body with reference to fashion theory in the context of the broader literatures of gender, class and ethnicity.

FINEARTS 212
30 Points

Studio Practice 2

Focuses on the conditions of reception relevant to students' work including ways meaning is created; how art works are read; and the significance of presentation strategies. Consists of a range of supervised briefs embracing media specific, interdisciplinary, Māori, local and global approaches to creating art works.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 207

Restriction: FINEARTS 202, 206, 208

Stage III

FINEARTS 302
30 Points

Studio 3.1

Builds on the conceptual, material, technical, and contextual work undertaken in Studio 2. Students will explore and develop, through studio activities, a range of methodologies required to generate and sustain an independent practice. Students are required to pursue open-ended exploration and critical analysis within their making and thinking with an emphasis on experimentation and reflexivity.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 201, 202, 203, 206 or FINEARTS 200

Corequisite: FINEARTS 304

FINEARTS 303
30 Points

Studio 3.2

Extends the self-directed aspect of FINEARTS 301 through work on one or two long-term personal projects. A key focus is the identification of and response to a contextual issue relevant to contemporary art and/or design. Students will begin to develop an understanding of their practice within the context of a wider field of contemporary art and design practices.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 302, 304

FINEARTS 304
15 Points

Studio 3.3

Builds on the different disciplines or areas of contemporary discourse explored in Studio 2. Students will study issues relevant to their individual practice and analyse, extend and develop an understanding of them through readings, discussions and the production and presentation of studio work.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 201, 202, 203, 206 or FINEARTS 200

Corequisite: FINEARTS 302 or 303

FINEARTS 305
15 Points

Critical Practices

Presents selected forms of contemporary art practices and their related concepts. Considers these practices to enable a critical understanding of a broad range of contemporary art production and its relevance to students' own emerging practice. Provides a critical introduction to a range of artists' writing. Complements FINEARTS 308 and 309 by critically exploring the value of certain frameworks, including: philosophy, theory, art history, writing, tikanga Māori and the socio-cultural for a self-directed practice.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 204

Corequisite: FINEARTS 302 or 303 or 308 or 309 or 310 or 311

FINEARTS 306
15 Points

Special Topic

FINEARTS 307
15 Points

Fields of Practice 4

Building on the media areas explored in Studio 2, this course allows students to study and explore an idea or issue in and around an area of contemporary art and/or design discourse. Students will investigate, analyse and develop the selected idea or issue through readings, discussions alongside the production and presentation of studio work.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 101, 102, 103, 104, 201, 202, 203, 206, 302, 304

Corequisite: FINEARTS 303

FINEARTS 308
45 Points

Studio Practice 3

Builds upon the conceptual, material, technical and contextual work undertaken in Studio Practice 2. Students will explore and develop a range of methodologies that will enable them to understand the principle of a self-directed practice. Students are required to pursue open-ended exploration and critical analysis within their studio work, with an emphasis on experimentation and reflexivity. Consists of a range of supervised briefs embracing media specific, interdisciplinary, Māori, local and global approaches to creating art works. Students will also engage in focused contextual study in an area relevant to their interests.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 204, 207, 208

Restriction: FINEARTS 302, 304

FINEARTS 309
45 Points

Studio Practice 4

Extends the self-directed aspect of FINEARTS 308 through work on one or two long-term personal projects. A key focus is the identification of, and response to, a contextual issue or mode of practice relevant to contemporary art. Students will begin to develop an understanding of their own practice within the context of a wider field of local and international contemporary art practices. Students will also engage in focused contextual study in an area relevant to their interests.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 308 or 310

Restriction: FINEARTS 303, 307

FINEARTS 310
30 Points

Studio Practice 3

Builds upon the conceptual, material, technical and contextual work undertaken in Studio Practice 2. Students will explore and develop a range of methodologies that will enable them to understand the principle of a self-directed practice. Students are required to pursue open-ended exploration and critical analysis within their studio work, with an emphasis on experimentation and reflexivity. Consists of a range of supervised briefs embracing media specific, interdisciplinary, Māori, local and global approaches to creating art works.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 204, 207, 208

Restriction: FINEARTS 302, 304, 308

FINEARTS 311
30 Points

Studio Practice 4

Extends the self-directed aspect of FINEARTS 308 through work on one or two long-term personal projects. A key focus is the identification of, and response to, a contextual issue or mode of practice relevant to contemporary art. Students will begin to develop an understanding of their own practice within the context of a wider field of local and global contemporary art, and contemporary Māori Art practices.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 308

Restriction: FINEARTS 303, 307, 309

Stage IV

FINEARTS 402
30 Points

Studio 4.1

Places emphasis on students' understanding and articulation of concepts and discourse surrounding their work. Promotes the development of independent artistic and/or design philosophies and their effective use in relation to studio practice.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 302, 303, 304 and 305 or FINEARTS 300

Corequisite: FINEARTS 403

FINEARTS 403
30 Points

Studio 4.2

Advances students' understanding of the way meaning effects are produced by things done or made and the way they are presented. Develops students' personal methodology through the production of a coherent body of work supported by a considered use of studio research and explorative work.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 302, 303, 304 and 305 or FINEARTS 300

Corequisite: FINEARTS 402

FINEARTS 404
30 Points

Studio 4.3

Further develops students' understanding and articulation of concepts and discourse surrounding their studio work. Promotes the development of independent artistic and/or design philosophies and their effective use in relation to studio practice.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 402

Corequisite: FINEARTS 403 or 405

FINEARTS 405
30 Points

Studio 4.4

Directed at the synthesis and refinement of previous studio practice towards the production and presentation of a body of studio work that demonstrates advanced understandings and professional capabilities. Emphasis placed on the development of presentation strategies appropriate to the exhibition and/or professional submission of work.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 403

Corequisite: FINEARTS 402 or 404

FINEARTS 406
30 Points

Special Topic

A development of Part III Studio courses in selected fields.

FINEARTS 407
30 Points

Special Topic

A development of Part III Studio courses in selected fields.

FINEARTS 408
60 Points

Studio 4 A

Assists students to develop their creative practice through the production of a coherent body of studio-based work. This will be supported by considered development of an artistic and/or design philosophy and its effective use in relation to studio practice. The course encourages a solid understanding of presentation strategies appropriate to the exhibition and/or professional presentation of creative work.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 305, 308, 309

Restriction: FINEARTS 402, 403

FINEARTS 409
60 Points

Studio 4 B

Building on Studio 4A this course will assist students to develop further their creative practice through the production of a coherent body of studio-based work. Students will further develop their understanding and articulation of concepts and discourses relevant to their studio work. The course promotes a reflexive understanding of creative practice and strategies for its professional presentation.

Prerequisite: FINEARTS 408

Restriction: FINEARTS 404, 405

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

FINEARTS 756A
60 Points

FINEARTS 756B
60 Points

Research Project

A research project in fine arts and/or design.

To complete this course students must enrol in FINEARTS 756 A and B

FINEARTS 790A
60 Points

FINEARTS 790B
60 Points

Research Project

A research project focused on artistic or related outcomes. Individualised research-based programmes of study are supported through a range of studio critiques, various forms of group tutorials, technical workshops, reading groups, lectures and frequent one-to-one meetings with studio staff. Research projects are thus developed through an integrated programme including studio practice, seminars, and/or written coursework and reading groups.

To complete this course students must enrol in FINEARTS 790 A and B

FINEARTS 795A
60 Points

FINEARTS 795B
60 Points

Research Portfolio

A practice-based research project involving the exploration of themes in contemporary fine arts and design. The final submission of the project will be a presentation in the form of an exhibition, performance or other such outcome as approved by the Head of Fine Arts. The presentation will be supported by a written component that introduces topics and methodological directions relevant to the creative project.

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

To complete this course students must enrol in FINEARTS 795 A and B

FINEARTS 796A
60 Points

FINEARTS 796B
60 Points

Masters Studio

An advanced studio based performance in fine arts and/or design.

Prerequisite: B or higher in FINEARTS 756 or 790 or 795

To complete this course students must enrol in FINEARTS 796 A and B

FINEARTS 797A
60 Points

FINEARTS 797B
60 Points

Fine Arts Thesis

A thesis embodying the results obtained by the student of an original investigation or advanced study in fine arts and/or design.

Prerequisite: B or higher in FINEARTS 756 or 790 or 795

To complete this course students must enrol in FINEARTS 797 A and B

FINEARTS 798A
60 Points

FINEARTS 798B
60 Points

Fine Arts Research Portfolio

An advanced research portfolio in fine arts and/or design.

Prerequisite: B or higher in FINEARTS 756 or 790 or 795

To complete this course students must enrol in FINEARTS 798 A and B

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