Regulations - Creative Arts And Industries


The Degree of Master of Fine Arts – MFA

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.

Admission

1 In order to be admitted to this programme, a student needs to have:

either

a (i) completed the requirements of a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate or its representative

and

(ii) attained at least a B average in the final year of that degree

or

b (i) (a) completed the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate or its representative

and

(b) attained at least a B average in 120 points taken for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) Research Project

or

(ii) (a) completed the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts or an equivalent qualification approved by Senate or its representative

and

(b) attained at least a B average in 120 points taken for the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts.

2 A student who has not gained an average of B or higher as specified in Regulations 1a and 1b must have otherwise shown to the satisfaction of the Dean of Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries capacity to undertake advanced study and research in order to be admitted to the programme.

3 Admission to the programme requires the approval of Senate or its representative.

Total Points Value

4 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a must pass courses with a total value of 240 points as listed in the Master of Fine Arts Schedule.

5 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1b must pass courses with a total value of 120 points as listed in the Master of Fine Arts Schedule.

Structure and Content

6 Research Masters

A student enrolled for this degree must complete the requirements as listed in the Master of Fine Arts Schedule.

7 A student who is required to complete 240 points will not be permitted to enrol for FINEARTS 796 or 797 or 798 unless a Grade Point Average of 5 or higher has been achieved in FINEARTS 795. If this Grade Point Average is not achieved, enrolment in the Master of Fine Arts cannot continue.

8 A student admitted to this programme must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity Course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.

Deadlines for Completion

9 A student who has to complete:

a 240 points must complete within four semesters if enrolled full-time or eight semesters if enrolled part-time or equivalent.

b 120 points must complete within two semesters if enrolled full-time or four semesters if enrolled part-time or equivalent.

10 A student enrolled in this degree must complete their studio, thesis or research portfolio:

a by the date approved by the Head of School of Fine Arts which will be no earlier than the last day of the twelfth week in the final semester of enrolment and no later than the last day of the final semester of enrolment

or

b up to 12 months if enrolled full-time, or its equivalent part-time, after the student’s initial enrolment in the studio, thesis or research portfolio with the approval of the Head of School of Fine Arts.

Completion of Requirements

11 If in exceptional circumstances beyond the student’s control, the studio, thesis or research portfolio has not been able to be completed by the date set under Regulation 10b, Senate or its representative, acting upon the recommendation of the Head of School of Fine Arts, may approve a limited extension of time not normally exceeding four months, for the work to be completed. Fees will be as stated in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees, Regulation 4.

Studio/Research Portfolio

12 a The studio or research portfolio, when included in the programme, is to be carried out under the guidance of a supervisor/s appointed by Senate or its representative.

b The studio or research portfolio topic and mode of presentation must be approved by the Head of School of Fine Arts prior to enrolment.

c Examination of the studio or research portfolio though exhibition or performance shall be organised by the Head of School of Fine Arts in consultation with the Faculty Student Centre.

d A student enrolled in FINEARTS 796 or FINEARTS 798 must submit three temporary-bound copies and a digital copy of the written component to the Faculty Student Centre in accordance with Regulations 9 and 10.

e Where the outcome of a FINEARTS 796 or FINEARTS 798 examination is to award the studio or research portfolio a passing grade:

(i) Within one month of being advised of the outcome of the examination, the student must complete any minor corrections required to the satisfaction of the supervisor, deposit one hard-bound copy of the written component, incorporating visual documentation of the practice-based components, with the Faculty Student Centre, and deposit a digital copy of the written component, again incorporating visual documentation of the practice-based components, in ResearchSpace in the University Library. The Faculty Student Centre will forward the hard-bound written component to the University Library and will confirm that the digital copy has been deposited in ResearchSpace.

(ii) The written component, incorporating visual documentation of the practice-based components, deposited in digital form will be accessible to authenticated users through the University’s digital repository unless embargoed under Regulation 25 of the Examination Regulations.

Thesis

13 a The thesis, when included in the programme, is to be carried out under the guidance of a supervisor/s appointed by Senate or its representative.

b The thesis topic must be approved by the Head of School of Fine Arts prior to enrolment.

c The student is to submit three temporary-bound copies and a digital copy of their thesis to the Faculty Student Centre in accordance with Regulations 9 and 10.

d The digital thesis shall be formatted as specified in the Guidelines for Formatting a Digital Thesis at the University of Auckland.

e The Associate Dean (Postgraduate) of the Faculty is responsible for transmitting the submitted copies to the examiners.

f Where the outcome of the examination is to award a thesis a passing grade:

(i) Within one month of being advised of the outcome of the examination, the student must complete any minor corrections required to the satisfaction of the supervisor, deposit one hard-bound copy of the thesis with the appropriate Faculty Student Centre, and deposit a digital copy of the thesis in ResearchSpace in the University Library. The Faculty Student Centre will forward the hard-bound thesis to the University Library and will confirm that the digital copy has been deposited in ResearchSpace.

(ii) The thesis deposited in digital form will be accessible to authenticated users through the University’s digital repository unless embargoed under Regulation 25 of the Examination Regulations.

g Where the outcome of the examination is to award a thesis a fail grade the thesis will not be held in the University’s Library or digital repository.

Reassignment

14 A student who has to complete 240 points for this degree and who does not achieve the required Grade Point Average will have FINEARTS 795 reassigned from the Master of Fine Arts to the Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts.

Variations

15 In exceptional circumstances Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.

Honours

16 This degree may be awarded with Honours in accordance with the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

Commencement

17 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2014. The 2008 regulations for the Degree of Master of Fine Arts were thereby repealed.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Schedule

A student who has to complete 120 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Requirement:

Research Masters

FINEARTS 796 Masters Studio or FINEARTS 797 Fine Arts Thesis or FINEARTS 798 Fine Arts Research Portfolio

A student who has to complete 240 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Requirement:

Research Masters

120 points: FINEARTS 795 Research Portfolio

and

120 points: FINEARTS 796 Masters Studio or FINEARTS 797 Fine Arts Thesis or FINEARTS 798 Fine Arts Research Portfolio

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