Master of Creative Practice

Gain a qualification that recognises you as a leader in creative practice.

Christchurch, New Zealand
Ara Institute of Canterbury
FULL-TIME - 1 Year


Gain a qualification that recognises you as a leader in creative practice.

The Master of Creative Practice is applicable to creatives such as musicians, dramatists, performing and visual artists, designers, film makers, writers, directors or any professional engaged in creative pursuits.

If you're a graduate with experience working in the creative community and you'd like to become a leader in creative practice, this is the perfect way to establish your credentials in your chosen domain. The programme may also suit you if you don't have extensive experience but you've demonstrated academic and creative success at graduate or undergraduate level.

The Master of Creative Practice is designed to engage you in understanding, investigation and intervention within your chosen domain in academic or professional contexts. It will give you the opportunity to critically reflect on your practice through theory, and to further develop the practice into a more substantial and fully-independent research-based thesis.

You'll be enabled to extend your domain of creative practice through enacting an advanced, sustained and sophisticated body of independent original practice-based research, which conforms to internationally recognised standards. You'll also be equipped with the skills and knowledge to extend your domain of practice through the undertaking of independent original research.

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree or Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant subject area with a B+ average, or a higher qualification. Or A Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject area with an established profile of professional practice or experience.

Alternative Requirements

Applicants unable to evidence that they meet Academic Entry requirements, but who can demonstrate relevant skills and knowledge acquired through appropriate work or professional experience, may be approved for alternative entry.

English Requirements

Overall IELTS 6.5 Academic

  • 6.0 Listening
  • 6.0 Reading
  • 6.0 Writing
  • 6.0 Speaking


Career opportunities

The creative careers supported by this qualifications can lead to rewarding work in the fields of visual art, design, film making and animation, photography, fashion, broadcast media, music production, music performance and theatre, among others.

Study pathways

Further study opportunities include doctorates and teacher education qualifications.

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