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Bachelor of Design and Arts

Level 7

To meet the demands of the increasingly diverse art and design industries, UCOL’s Bachelor of Design and Arts degree includes majors in visual arts, graphic design and textile/fashion design to give you the competitive edge in these exciting fields.

Fashion Design student drapes a garment at the Whanganui School of Design
Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: Whanganui

Duration: 3 years, full-time or part-time study options

Dates:
19 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 28 Jun 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$7,025.00Scholarship info

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

International Fees:*
$20,930.00

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Learn from the best in the field and gain practical skills through intern projects, drawing, art/design labs, history, theory and professional practice.

All students in the Bachelor of Design and Arts programme will choose a major area of study which could include:
  • Visual Arts: Painting, sculpture, photography, glass, digital arts
  • Textile/Fashion Design: Fabric printing, garment construction, textile art, fashion photography
  • Graphic Design: Typography & print, animation, video, web

Here's UCOL Fashion Design students drafting patterns and constructing garments:

 

Here's a little 30 second snapshot of a day in the life of learning the creative arts:

 

 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Graphic design
  • Visual art
  • Fashion design
  • Gallery curation
  • Videography
  • Animation
  • Marketing
  • Movie industry
  • Television
  • Product design
  • Costume design
  • Theatre and prop design
  • Photography
  • Art or design administration and management
  • Secondary and tertiary teaching learning programmes
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Designers and Artists and Photographers.


Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:


 Course Information

Year 1 

Core Courses

Visual Language (15 credits)
Become familiar with the language of art and design. Formal art/design elements will be considered along-side key theoretical ideas, which inform contemporary practices of visual and oral culture. Students will be required to evaluate and critique visual culture, research theoretical texts and apply their research to the writing of an academic essay and oral presentation.

Art/Design Lab 1 (15 credits)
Be introduced to a hands-on approach to creative design process and problem solving. It focuses on research and exploration and the development of a conceptually driven and personalised visual language. The course aims to familiarise students with the process of responding to a given brief. 

Art/Design Lab (15 credits)
Extend conceptual and practice-based design processes. Student knowledge of art/design problem solving will be extended through research processes and exploration of the formal elements of art/design. Students will continue to work towards the development of a personalised visual language.

Design Practical (15 credits)
Learn to use a range of processes and technologies to produce art and design works.

Art/Design History 1 (15 credits)
An introduction to the significance of art, design and fashion throughout history and in relation to differing cultural and social structures, including local indigenous culture.

Drawing (15 credits)
Develop perceptual and technical drawing skills and knowledge about historical and contemporary trends in drawing, including specific aspects relating to Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Whanganui region. It introduces applied research methods to enable the development and expression of personal concepts through the application of tools, techniques and processes suited to artists and designers.

Elective courses

Depend on your chosen major of graphic design, visual arts or textiles/fashion design:
Graphic Design (15 credits)
Learn to define, and discuss the fundamental elements of typography with regard to its use and application in graphic design. Students are also introduced to styles of type, within an historic continuum, and the history of type and typographers.

Graphic Design (15 credits)

Gain an introduction to a range of time-based computer software packages and to industry standard workflow practices and production. An introduction to contemporary design in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide a theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary graphic design practice.

Visual Arts 1 (15 credits)
Explore and extend skills in and knowledge about 2 dimensional media with regard to its use and application in developing and expressing personal concepts. An introduction to contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide a theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary art practice. Opportunities to explore a range of 2 dimensional art media through studio-based projects will be a focus.

Visual Arts 2 (15 credits)
This course aims to enable students to explore and extend skills in and knowledge about 3 dimensional media with regard to its use and application in developing and expressing personal concepts. Contextualised study of contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide the theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary art practice. Opportunities to explore a range of 3 dimensional art media through studio-based projects will be a focus.

Textiles/Fashion 1 (15 credits)
Gain a comprehensive grounding in the skills and knowledge associated with creative textiles and fashion design, including the expression of personal concepts within two and three dimensional design. An introduction to contemporary design practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide a theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary textiles/fashion practice. 

Textiles/Fashion 2 (15 credits)
This course aims to enable students to explore and extend their skills and knowledge within creative textiles/fashion design, including implications for two and three dimensional design. The course is then intended to provide students with the opportunities to apply these skills to practical textiles/ fashion design tasks. Contextualised study of contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa/New Zealand will provide the theoretical and historical discourse relevant to contemporary design practice.

Year 2 

Core Courses

Art/Design History 2 (15 credits)
An introduction to the significance of art, design and fashion throughout history and in relation to differing cultural and social structures, including local indigenous culture.

Art/Design Theory (15 credits)
Further your knowledge gained in Visual Language and Arts/Design History 1 of various academic and philosophical perspectives related to cultural production. The course also aims to promote critical and analytical skills to evaluate theoretical structures which underpin creative practices.

Elective courses

Depend on your chosen major of graphic design, visual arts or textiles/fashion design. In addition, you can choose two of the following:

Graphic Design Studio 1 (30 credits)
Gain problem-solving skills relative to the application of the elements and principles of design, using combinations of type and image in the visual communication of ideas. 

Graphic Design Studio 2 (30 credits)
This course aims to build on the knowledge and skills gained in Graphic Design 1 and Art/Design LAB 1 + 2 to equip students to develop design concepts as applied to industry standard practical graphic design projects. Students will apply design systems to organize textual information using various media including identity systems and informational graphics as applied to a range of design projects.

Art Studio 1 (30 credits)
This course aims to build upon theoretical and practical knowledge gained in Visual Arts 1+2 and Art/Design LAB 1 + 2. Students will expand theoretical knowledge about and technical skills in 2 and 3 dimensional media, extending use and application while developing and expressing personal concepts. Increased historical and theoretical knowledge about 2 and 3 dimensional art practice will provide the foundation required to expand understanding of contemporary art practice. Students will develop the ability to engage in critical analysis in art-making with regard to their practice and the context of contemporary art.

Art Studio 2 (30 credits)
This course aims to build upon theoretical and practical knowledge gained in Visual Arts 1 and Art/Design LAB 1 + 2. Students will expand theoretical knowledge about and technical skills in 2 and/or 3 dimensional media, extending application while developing and expressing personal concepts. Increased historical and theoretical knowledge about 2 and/or 3 dimensional art practice will provide a theoretical underpinning required to expand understanding of contemporary art practice. Students will extend their ability to engage in critical analysis in art-making with regard to their practice and the context of contemporary art.

Textiles/Fashion Studio 1 (30 credits)
This course aims to build upon theoretical and practical knowledge gained in Textiles/Fashion 1+2 and Art/Design LAB 1+2. Students will further develop conceptual knowledge and technical skills in textiles/fashion design and increase historical and theoretical knowledge of fashion/textiles media. They will develop the ability to engage in critical analysis of textiles/fashion design and explore the contemporary parameters and concerns of textiles/fashion design and production

Textiles/Fashion Studio 2 (30 credits)
This course aims to build upon theoretical and practical knowledge gained in Textiles/Fashion 1 and Art/Design LAB 1 + 2. Students will expand theoretical knowledge about and technical skills in the production of fashion items or garments, extending use and application while developing and expressing personal concepts. Increased historical and theoretical knowledge about textiles/fashion design will provide a theoretical underpinning to expand understanding of textiles/fashion design. Students will develop the ability to engage in critical analysis in design with regard to their practice and the context of contemporary textiles/fashion design.

Digital Photography 1 (15 credits)
Learn to utilise the functions, operations and applications of digital photography equipment and software to create photographic images for use in the production of a range of art and design projects.

Illustration 1 (15 credits)
Learn to adopt a conceptual problem solving approach to illustration and its relationship to art and design with emphasis on conceptual problem solving and matching form to content. Students’ knowledge will be developed so that they may critically analyse and critique historic and contemporary illustration.

3D Modelling (15 credits)
Build 3D models and develop technical skills and various conceptual approaches to form and content using a range of 3D modelling software.

Moving Image (15 credits)
Gain the knowledge and skills required to produce art and design works using moving image and sound mediums. Learn to apply your knowledge and skills to creating and editing moving image productions.

Glass Studio (15 credits)
Use the concepts and technical applications of studio glass equipment and processes to create a range of art or design projects.

Printmaking (15 credits)
Use the concepts and technical applications of printmaking equipment and processes for use in the production of a range of arts or design projects.

Textile and Fibre (15 credits)
Use the concepts and technical applications of a range of textile and fibre methods. Students will be introduced to traditional and contemporary textile and fibre techniques for use in the production of a range of art and design projects.

Computer Aided Drafting (15 credits)
Explore CAD drafting techniques using appropriate software and devices in the resolution art/design projects. 

Object (15 credits)
Develop concepts and utilise a range of technical applications, equipment, and processes to create contemporary three-dimensional art/design objects.

Year 3 

Core Courses

Internship (15 credits)
Learn the skills and experience to undertake an industry oriented art or design project where creative methodology is used to create an original solution that addresses the needs of the project client.

Research Methods (15 credits)
Build on the learning undertaken in year one and two theory and studio papers with knowledge of the chief principles, concepts and methods of research as they are applied in the field of art and design. Key research skills will be developed in order to prepare students for the possibility of postgraduate research.

Professional Practice (15 credits)
Develop your understanding and analysis of professional practices related to a range of art/design activities. The course allows students to reflect on and extend their commercial understanding through the investigation of art/design related business practices and marketing applications 

Elective courses

Depend on your chosen major of graphic design, visual arts or textiles/fashion design. 
Graphic Design Studio 3 (30 credits)
Refine the skills and knowledge gained in Graphic Design 2 and apply design development in the resolution of complex technical and conceptual design problems. Students will have the opportunity to resolve sophisticated solutions in research and concept development and use software requiring technical execution across sequential and multiple media.

Graphic Design Studio 4 (45 credits)
Learn to define an individual, contemporary perspective within graphic design. Students will also extend their knowledge, conceptual abilities and critical faculty with regard to design and undertake an exploration of a personal vision within a specific area of graphic design.

Art Studio 3 (30 credits)
Refine the skills and knowledge gained in Art Studio 2 so you can define an individual perspective within and a contemporary approach to art making. You will develop and extend art-making processes within your conceptual framework and expand critical faculties with regard to your work in 2 and/or 3 dimensional media.

Art Studio 4 (45 credits)
Learn to apply an individual perspective within contemporary approaches to art-making. You will utilise your specialised knowledge, conceptual abilities and critical faculty to create work for presentation in public exhibition.

Textiles/Fashion Studio 3 (30 credits)
Refine the skills and knowledge gained in Textiles/Fashion Studio 2 to define an individual perspective and a contemporary approach to fashion design. Students will develop and extend design and production processes within the framework of conceptual abilities and critical faculties with regard to 2 or 3 dimensional fashion media 

Textiles/Fashion Studio 4 (45 credits)
Define an individual, contemporary perspective within textiles/fashion design. Students will also extend their knowledge, conceptual abilities and critical faculty with regard to design and undertake an exploration of a personal vision within a specific area of textiles/fashion design.


Previous Related Programmes

The Bachelor of Design and Arts supersedes and takes the best from the following programmes of study, which are no longer offered:
  • Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Fashion
  • Diploma in Glass Design and Production

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

  • UCOL's School of Creative Industries (includes programmes and expertise from Wanganui School of Design) is a Corporate Member of the Designers Institute of NZ (DINZ)
  • Our students and graduates have taken out top prizes in the DINZ BEST Awards many times over the years.
  • UCOL has an impressive range of industry stakeholders in the fields of fine arts, fashion and graphic design
  • Bachelor of Design Arts students undertake real-life industry projects in a wide-range of art and design through internships.

 Learning Facilities

UCOL is home to a New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) heritage award winning building located on Taupo Quay and features modern spacious studio suites with industry leading technology and equipment.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Portfolio and written statement
All applicants are asked to provide a portfolio of work and written statement that summarises their personal interest in Design and Arts. These are requested in order to ensure students have the ability and commitment required to succeed at Level 5. The content of the portfolio may also help staff to guide students in their choices of both majors and electives within the degree.

Written Statement 
All applicants are asked to submit a 200 word written statement. In this short piece of writing you should try to summarise your personal interest in Design and Arts. The statement may say what drives you to study at UCOL and present other information that you think is relevant to your application. 

Portfolio 
All students applying for the Bachelor of Design and Arts (with a major in Graphic Design, Visual Arts or Textiles/Fashion Design) need to submit a portfolio of work which demonstrates previous engagement with creative activity. Portfolios can take a number of different formats and each will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Portfolios can be submitted either in hard copy or digital format and could contain any combination of the following:
  • Drawings or sketches
  • Paintings or other artworks
  • Photographs
  • Prototypes or toiles
  • Concept drawings
  • Examples of sculptural or 3D work
  • Graphic Design
  • Examples of applied art or craft work
  • Original film or video
  • Textiles design
  • Interior design concepts
  • Examples of anything else that demonstrates creative engagement

Applicants under 20 years of age:
University entrance 

Or equivalent academic achievement.

Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

Or a provisional enrolment.

Applicants over 20 years of age:
A person having reached the age of 20 years by the first day of the programme in the year, for which admission is sought, is not required to hold the above entry qualifications.

 

For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international students.

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Applicants under 20 years of age:
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

 Advice & Guidance

The Bachelor in Design and Arts comprises 360 credits and has majors in graphic design, visual arts and textiles/fashion design.

Work experience/internship
As part of your studies you will take an internship course comprising 48 lecturer supported learning hours and 102 independent learning hours, where you'll undertake an industry oriented design or art project that addresses the needs of the project client.

Timetable
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:
  • 18 hours of lecturer supported learning in class
  • 22 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent working to complete your assignments)
Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:
  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes
Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes they can demonstrate specified competencies.

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the Bachelor of Design and Arts as follows:

All majors/all students (core courses)
  • USB flash drive
  • Digital camera (phone camera or any other type is fine)
Graphic Design Major
Year one
  • Allow approximately $200.00 for stationery, supplies and services such as specialist printing (dependent on personal preference).
  • USB flash drive $30.00
Year two

Allow approximately $300.00 for stationery and supplies.

Year three

Allow up to $600.00 for stationery and specialist design supplies.


Textiles/Fashion Design Major
Year one

Allow approximately $400.00 for stationery and fashion supplies such as sewing tools and fabrics (dependent on personal preference). 

Recommended textbook: Aldrich, A. (2013). Metric pattern cutting for women's wear. 6th Edition. United Kingdom. Wiley-Blackwell.

This and the latest edition is available through www.fishpond.co.nz for approximately $80.00. Any other edition of this book is also acceptable and can often be purchased through Whitcoulls, other online book stores and auction sites.

Year two

Allow approximately $300.00 for stationery and fashion supplies.

Year three

Allow up to $600.00 for stationery, fashion supplies and printing.


Visual Arts Major
Year one

Allow approximately $300.00 for stationery and art supplies such as brushes and sculpture materials (dependent on personal preference).

Year two

Allow approximately $400.00 for stationery and art supplies.

Year three

Allow up to $600.00 for stationery and art supplies.

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.
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