Bachelor of Creative Industries

Art and design come together in an interdisciplinary environment. Study majors in graphic design, visual art and fashion design!

Bachelor of Creative Industries is all about teaching you the diverse range of skills required by the creative workplace.

You’ll learn from some of New Zealand’s most talented artists, fashion designers and leading industry experts, and 'learn by doing' in connected learning spaces that support creativity and collaboration.

Real-world outcomes ensure our graduates are what industry demands – employees who are able to communicate and collaborate to provide excellent outcomes across a wide range of creative industries.

Content Details

Available Majors

Visual Art (VA)  Explore a range of 2D technologies in painting, drawing, printmaking and process image. Experiment with 3D construction techniques and technologies utilising a range of media. Move onto digital technologies and installation practice to test unique exhibition presentation methods.

Graphic Design (GD)  Gain a solid foundation in design. Work collaboratively in teams to create client briefs and develop unique solutions to a range of real world problems including branding, illustration, packaging or photography. Advance your software skills and then extend them in the second and third year to encompass new fields such as digital illustration, moving image, animation and studio practice.

Fashion Design (FD) Create, design, innovate. See your ideas come to fruition on the runway, in wardrobe and costume. Learn techniques associated with your designs.


Planned intakes*: February
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: Three years

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

Three years of academic study; each year is 34 weeks with up to 20 direct teaching hours per week between 8:00am and 4:30pm. The other working weekdays you’ll be required to undertake self-directed study at the institution.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students Year 1 $6,464.00

2018 domestic students Year 2 $6,464.00

2018 domestic students Year 3 $6,467.00

2018 international students Year 1 $19,952.00

2018 international students Year 2 $19,952.00

2018 international students Year 3 $19,949.00

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • Bachelor of Creative Industries (Level 7) with the relevant major

Career Opportunities

Employment in the creative industries as individual practitioners, sole traders, contractors or employees within the following industries:

Visual Arts Careers: multimedia, painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, exhibition, performance, design, arts administration, art dealing/hiring, arts consultancy, marketing, tourism, arts events and festivals.

Graphic Design Careers: advertising, web design, illustration, digital applications, animation, gaming, publication, photography, branding, marketing and identity, product packaging and industrial design.

Fashion and Textiles Careers: design, technician, sample machinist, pattern engineer, production, buyer, retailing, costume, quality control, wardrobe and textile design.

Media Careers: film, television, video, radio, theatre, internet, mobile and social media.

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • A portfolio containing 10 pieces of work
  • University Entrance or successful completion of the Certificate in Art and Design Level 4
  • Students are expected to have the literacy skills required to meet the academic needs of the degree. Evidence of this may be required.


BCI applicants are required to submit a portfolio when they apply for the programme. The portfolio will show 10 recent art and/or design works together with a statement discussing your ideas and intentions.

Download a pdf of the portfolio requirements here.

Special Admission

Students who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme will be considered for special admission if, in the opinion of the Programme Coordinator, they are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 7 certificate, diploma, degree, post graduate certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.