Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art) in ARA Institute of Canterbury

ARA Institute of Canterbury

Campus: Christchurch

Duration: 3 years

Intake: February

*Fee: $21,920

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At ARA, one learns the framing and developing of the creative ideas through hands-on interaction with different media-types and prepares for an independent art practice in totally studio environment. Applied visual art aims to develop the student as an independent entity who is an art practitioner/designer. Core skills of this degree are design strategies, drawing, printmaking and sculpturing skills in different types of materials. Also, students may choose from three courses from the options through which they’ll develop skills which will enhance their work in their area of interest.

In studio courses, students will complete a set of core courses in their subjects. This include both professional and contextual studies, which will develop communication skills, a background in the history and sociology of creative practices, insights into contemporary professional ethics and some business skills.

Career Outcomes:

Graduates will have job-opportunities from the wide and dynamic creative industries, either in companies or independently as a creative practitioner, craft cooperative designer, curator, gallery assistant, theatre/film/TV designer.

Jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, illustration, fabric design and printing are the key-areas in which they can work. They also take on design studio roles in a range of related industries including galleries, museums and theatres, or in art departments for film and television productions.

Eligibility Criteria:


The Students done with their 10+2 should apply to ARA to study Bachelor of design.

English Proficiency Score

  1. IELTS test – Overall Score 6.0 not less than 5.5


  1. TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) – Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  2. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) – Score of 60 or higher (with a writing score of 18)
  3. Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE (Academic) score of 50

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