New postgraduate arts degree hones creative skills for job market

A new arts degree, launching at Victoria University of Wellington in 2017, will enable graduates to hone their design, film making, film scoring, sound design or theatre skills for a career in the creative industries.

The Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) has a unique focus on developing professional skills alongside practice-based research. As well as completing a major self-directed creative project over the summer, students in the intensive one-year degree study arts management and marketing, and are given an internship at one of Victoria’s creative industry partners.

Open to both domestic and international students, the interdisciplinary degree will be taught across the School of English, Film, Theatre, and Media Studies, Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music and the School of Design. Each year, there will be at least 20 prestigious scholarships available, 10 for international students ($24,000 each) and 10 for domestic students ($6,000 each).

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean Professor Jennifer Windsor says the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) highlights Victoria’s position and connections in New Zealand’s creative capital.

“Victoria’s academic strengths in humanities and the creative arts and our established relationships across Wellington’s thriving and internationally-recognised creative industries make this a very attractive proposition for talented graduates from around the world.”

Professor John Psathas, Professor of Composition at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music, says the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) will give students a high level of professional mastery, as well as critical, collaborative, craft and practical skills. The intensive nature of the qualification also adds to its appeal.

“Students will undertake a creative project, where they will be mentored to showcase their abilities and push boundaries. The internship will provide invaluable workplace experience and contacts, helping students find their feet in the world of the arts.”

Professor Windsor says the degree supports a number of strategic goals for Victoria, including contributing more broadly to the cultivation of creative capital, one of the University’s areas of distinctive academic emphasis.

“The degree also supports a number of goals under the Tertiary Education Strategy, including delivering skills to industry and growing international linkages. It creates an innovative educational opportunity by focusing on targeted career outcomes in the creative industries.”

Enrolments for the Master of Fine Arts (Creative Practice) will open on 1 October 2016. More information is available at