FINA101-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

What is Practice?

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


An introduction to studio practice across five fine arts disciplines.

FINA101 (SEM 1), What is Practice?, is a studio-based course that takes place in five two-week units (eight days), where students are introduced to the different studio disciplines in fine arts (Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture). Teaching for the course is founded on an idea of drawing as a process that is fundamental to all art and design enterprise. The aim here is to show that each area of practice offered with the School involves distinctive sets of methods and approaches to drawing.

Learning Outcomes

  • A student who passes FINA101 will:
  • Exhibit a broad understanding of technical and theoretical knowledge across the five studio   departments (Film, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography and Sculpture);
  • Be able to select and apply known solutions to familiar and unfamiliar problems through the production of artistic project work and basic reflective writing assignments;
  • Evidence an ability to select and apply a range of standard and non-standard processes and procedures relevant to the chosen studio discipline;
  • Demonstrate with broad guidance the production of project work;
  • Develop and demonstrate rudimentary skills in class engagement in the contribution of constructive discussions within the studio context;
  • Have developed an understanding of and sensitivity towards a cultural context within the studio environments.
  • Have a developing understanding of presentation skills and self-assessment strategies.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of School. Entry to this course is limited.


Please check the course LEARN page for further details and updates.

Course links

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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,141.00

International fee $9,283.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Fees Note

First year students pay an additional materials and field trip fee of $793.00.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 85

For further information see Humanities .

All FINA101 Occurrences

  • FINA101-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023