Bachelor of Arts and Media
Level 7

Bachelor of Arts and Media

  • We are evolving

    From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
    Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.

  • Locations and dates


    18 July 2022
    20 February 2023
    17 July 2023
  • Study options

    Full time or part time

  • Length

    3 years full time; each year of full time study is 42 weeks, made up of 36 tuition weeks and 6 weeks of study breaks.

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $6,136 (dependent on course selection) plus $240 Student Services Levy per year

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Study art and design in an innovative environment and fuel your creativity.

If you achieved University Entrance (UE) in 2020, the entry requirements for this programme may differ from those displayed on this page and in printed material due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. To find out about entry requirements for those who achieve UE in 2020 see the NZQA website(external link).
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NMIT's award winning architecturally designed Creative Industries building

Based in Te Tauihu, a region blessed with stunning natural landscapes and an abundance of sunshine hours, you'll be able to draw on the same creative influences that have attracted a legacy of practicing artists and designers to the region for many years.

The Bachelor of Arts and Media programme provides the fundamental skills to enable graduates to move into personal practice or embark on a career in arts and design.

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Spacious studio areas 

Grounded in academic and technical excellence, you will learn the effective use of visual language by developing an extensive knowledge in painting, graphic design, animation, photography, digital video and illustration.

Study pathways

In your first year, you will develop the fundamental skills through a range of compulsory courses that include lens-based media, graphic design, object design, image making and communication and critical studies.

In your second year, you will advance your critical design thinking and professional practice while specializing in several creative areas of your choice. Courses include lens-based media, object design, graphic design and image studio.

In your third and final year of the Bachelor programme, you will complete a major project by tying together your research and independent study to present a final studio project at the end of year Bachelor of Arts and Media (BAM) exhibition.

The Bachelor of Arts and Media can be completed in three years of full time study. Each year of full time study is 40 weeks made up of 34 tuition weeks and 6 weeks of study breaks or part time equivalent.

Student work

More student work(external link)

What will I learn?

  • To apply broad knowledge and practical and conceptual skills in the production of arts and design work, (thinking creatively)
  • To investigative tools with creative processes, methods and technologies to develop responses to briefs, (apply creative processes and methods
  • To use research to support the development of ideas and to inform your own work within the conventions and contexts of arts and design,
    (research skills)
  • To critique your own work (critical thinking) and the work of others, communicate in a range of situations and present your own resolved work in simulated real-world situations, (communication and presentation skills)
  • To apply professional practices (act professionally) to manage projects within defined deadlines (time management) and select potential education and employment pathways in arts and design.



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