Bachelor of Visual Arts - Invercargill

Qualification: Degree
Level: 7

12 February to 9 November 2018


Three years full time

Location: Invercargill
Credits: 360

Students undertake inter-disciplinary studies to realise their research questioning alongside core studies in art history, theoretical discourse, life drawing and research-led industry practice. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore and work in and between disciplines, including but not limited to: sculpture, performance, animation, painting, photography, drawing, printmaking and film. Students also complete investigations into the next step in their career development through internships which test the application of learned knowledge and skills in a real world environment while creating valuable professional networks. 

Year One

BVA100 Studio 1

BVA103 Research-Led Industry Practice 1

BVA112 Art History  I

BVA113 Theoretical Discourse 1

BVA115 Studio Drawing 1

Year Two

BVA203 Research-Led Industry Practice 2

BVA212 Art History 2

BVA213 Theoretical Discourse 2

BVA215 Studio Drawing 2

Electives (Choose three)

BVA232 Studio Photography 2

BVA242 Studio Digital 2

BVA250 Studio Paint 2

BVA251 Studio Sculpture 2

BVA252 Studio Animation 2

BVA253 Studio Film 2

BVA254 Studio Print 2

Year Three

BVA303 Research-Led Industry Practice 3

BVA312 Art History 3

BVA313 Theoretical Dscourse 3

BVA316 Studio Project/s 3

This programme is eligible for the Zero Fees Scheme.

SIT's Bachelor of Visual Arts is a smart choice! With no tuition fees and direct material costs of just $1837.00 per year (GST inclusive), over three years you'll pay around $5511.00, saving a massive $14,182* - all while gaining a high quality education and internationally recognised degree.

International Fees can be found here.

(*Prices above are estimated over 3 years of study, based on 2018 costs.)

When you complete the programme you will have the broad range of skills necessary for an industry that increasingly asks for people with a multidisciplinary approach. Depending on the specialisation chosen, you will be able to look for work as a curator, museum exhibition designer, art critic/writer, gallery director, set designer, director of photography, prop master, photography, 3D modeller, character animator and many more. 

School Leavers

University Entrance - NCEA Level 3. 
Three subjects – at Level 3, made up of:

  • 14 credits each, in three NZQA University Entrance approved subjects and

Literacy – 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:

  • Five credits in reading,
  • Five credits in writing and

Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:

  • specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or
  • package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).

Mature Entry (20 years of age and above)
Mature entry applicants will have achieved the age of 20 by March 1 of the first year of enrolment in the programme, and have provided evidence of relevant prior learning and experience.

Special Admission
Notwithstanding the above admissions categories, in exceptional circumstances, an applicant below the age of 20 who can show evidence of ability to succeed in the programme may be considered for admission, provided the applicant has successfully completed an approved course or programme which is deemed to prepare graduates for the required academic standard for entry.

Provisional Part-time Admission
An applicant, who does not meet academic criteria, may be provisionally admitted to enrol in one or more papers. Upon successful completion of the paper(s), the student may apply for special admission or admission by mature entry.

Portfolio Submission
Applicants for the Bachelor of Visual Arts are required to submit a portfolio of their work with their application and may be asked for a written submission also.

Language Requirements
Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English, are required to provide evidence of having achieved an NZQA approved English Proficiency Assessment, or achieved the required score in one of the following internationally recognised English Proficiency tests within the preceding two years:

  • IELTS test – Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5.
  • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE).
  • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18).
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations – FCE or FCE for schools, or CAE or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill OET at Grade C in all sub-tests.
  • NZCEL a) Expiring b) Current – a) Level 4 (Academic) b) Level 4 (Academic) 
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PtoE (Academic) score of 50.
  • City & Guilds IESOL – B2 Communicator with a score of 66.
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS

Applicants from countries with an annual student visa approval rate below 80 per cent, whose first language is not English, or who come from a country where the language of instruction in schools is not English must provide evidence that they:

  1. Have gained NCEA Level 3 and met New Zealand University Entrance requirements or
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, The Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America or
  3. Have achieved a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults, CELTA or
  4. Have achieved the required score in one of the internationally recognised English Proficiency tests (specified above) within the preceding two years. 

In order to be awarded the Bachelor of Visual Arts, a student must have been credited with all required papers as specified in the programme schedule. A student undertaking the Bachelor of Visual Arts will normally be expected to complete the programme within five years. Notwithstanding the requirements set out above, the head of faculty, with the approval and recommendation of the Teaching and Learning Board of Studies, may allow a student a longer period to complete the programme.

(Please note: students failing to attend for 80% of timetabled programme hours may forfeit their Zero Fees entitlement).

Classes are held Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm at SIT's Downtown Campus (Don St, Invercargill).