Undergraduate Supplementary Application process

Some of the programmes available in our faculty have extra requirements for admission. This page contains the necessary information needed to complete an admission application for your programme of choice, and also provides advice on interview, audition and portfolio preparation and sample portfolios.

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS)


Applications for the BAS close on 8 December. To apply for the BAS you must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz AND
  • Submit a portfolio and one-page written statement via the portfolio portal system SlideRoom
Selection into the BAS programme will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, portfolio and written statement. You must also meet the necessary entry requirements, which are based on your prior study.

More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Portfolio Guidelines: How to prepare your portfolio and written statement

There is no one correct way to put your portfolio together - you should make the most of the opportunity to express your individuality and show what you are capable of. The following guidelines will help you prepare a portfolio that will meet the basic requirements; the rest is up to you. 

  • Your portfolio must include a minimum of 10, and up to 13 pages of your own drawings and creative works.
  • You can choose any page size up to a maximum of A2 to present your work.
  • Each page may consist of either one or multiple images.
  • Each pdf file may contain only one page.
  • Your portfolio should: 
    • Display evidence of a variety of techniques and media (i.e. different ways of drawing and making, both by hand and digitally).
    • Provide evidence of your interest in buildings, spaces, interiors, groups of buildings (towns, cities), landscapes, people and designed objects such as pieces of furniture.
    • Convey your awareness of spatial qualities, details such as materials and textures, construction (how things are put together), light and colour.

Note - Drawings prepared from photographs are strongly discouraged.

  • You may include:  
    • Material from visual arts, design and communications courses for school examinations, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, drawings and objects, and either exploratory studies or finished work.
    • Evidence of creative activities in other fields, such as photographs of models you have made or of objects you have designed and/or built.
    • A photographic study of a subject of your choice, where you have a particular interest in the creative possibilities of the photographic medium (in your portfolio, use no more than three of the sheets for photographic studies).
    • Digital experiments (visual, audio, moving images, 3D modelling).
  • All applicants are required to submit a one-page written statement. In this short piece of writing you should summarise your personal interest in following a career in architecture. Tell us a bit about yourself, and why you would like to study at the University of Auckland.
 

 

If you cannot submit a portfolio via SlideRoom, the following form may be used to submit a hard copy.

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Bachelor of Dance Studies (BDanceSt)


Applications for the BDanceSt close on 1 October - late applications will be considered if places are available. To apply for the BDanceSt you must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz AND
  • Upload a written statement and CV
  • Attend an interview and/or participate in a group audition workshop

Selection into the BDanceSt programme will be based on the combination of your written statement, CV and participation in the workshop/interview. You must also meet the necessary entry requirements, which are based on your prior study.

More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Written statement

All applicants are required to submit a 500 word written statement outlining your reasons for wanting to participate in the programme.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

All applicants are required to submit a complete CV. This should list all relevant training, experience (professional and amateur), involvement in community and extracurricular activities, dance experiences and accomplishments.

Group audition workshop

Applicants are required to participate in a group audition workshop and/or attend an interview*. The audition includes a 1-2 hour movement exploration workshop followed by a group discussion. Please wear comfortable clothing (there is no expectation of body type, fashion or uniform). No set pieces are required for the audition. Once you have submitted your Application for Admission, you will receive an invitation to register for an audition. 
 * Alternate arrangements may be made for applicants who are unable to attend the group session.

Audition details

Open auditions will be held in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington in October 2017:

Auckland | Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October | 10am-1pm | Kenneth Myers Centre | 74 Shortland Street

Christchurch | Tuesday 24 October | 4-6pm | Dance Studio, Hagley College | 510 Hagley Avenue

Wellington | Wednesday 25 October | 4-6pm | Tarrant Dance Studios | 125 Cuba Street

 

Profile of a successful applicant

Dance Studies students will need to demonstrate that they value dance as an academic discipline of study. The successful applicant will demonstrate:

  • An awareness of dance activity in New Zealand
  • An understanding of choreographic processes and products
  • An ability to move, to dance
  • A genuine interest in studying dance that will go beyond any initial technique training
  • An interest in a broad spectrum of arts activity and interdisciplinary collaborations
  • An ability to articulate ideas and listen to others
  • An ability to work in groups and independently
  • An openness to exploring a diverse range of dance activities
  • A willingness to take creative risks and support others' experimentation
  • A healthy physical readiness to participate in a breadth of dance activity
  • Commitment
 
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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)


(also for the BA/BFA conjoint)

Applications for the BFA close on 1 October - late applications will be considered if places are available. To apply for the BFA you must: 

  • Complete the Application for Admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz AND
  • Submit a portfolio and one-page written statement via the portfolio portal system SlideRoom.
Selection into the BFA or BA/BFA programme will be based on the combined strength of your portfolio and written statement. You must also meet the necessary entry requirements, which are based on your prior study. Find the specific entry requirements relevant to you, and information about our Undergraduate Targeted Admissions Schemes (UTAS) here


Portfolio Guidelines: How to prepare your portfolio and written statement 

There is no one correct way to put your portfolio together - you should make the most of the opportunity to express your individuality and show what you are capable of. The works presented should demonstrate visual sensibility, creativity, technical skill and then indicate your current involvement in the arts and an overall impression of your interests

The following guidelines will help you prepare a portfolio that will meet the basic requirements; the rest is up to you.

  • Your portfolio may include up to 12 works made up of: A4 page sized images/photos of your recent still artwork and/or media files of your recent moving image/performance work.
  • It can be useful to include a variety of examples of finished work that show an ability to work in different mediums and with a variety of methods. This will show that you have the ability to work in a number of ways. 
  • Images of pages from your workbook/s can be very helpful to the selection panel. This could include: evidence of ideas, thinking processes, experimentation and analysis. Two to three of your portfolio works could be from your workbook. The good thing about workbook pages is that they can convey a lot of information on the one page.
  • It is a good idea to assemble workbook pages at the end of a project - you may use notes and developments you have generated during the working process. You may also want to let us know about ideas that have emerged as a result of your finished works.
  • Photographs of finished work need to represent the work accurately. For example, a photograph of a sculpture that shows it clearly sitting in space conveys more information than a closely cropped image which shows a detail or part of the object.
  • All applicants are required to submit a one-page written statement. In this short piece of writing you should summarise your personal interest in fine arts and visual communication. We are interested in gaining insight into the thinking behind the work submitted and your personal ideas on art. The statement may say what drives you to study at Elam and present other information that you think is relevant to your application.

Note - If you have not been studying in the past 12 months please include details of relevant training, experience, employment, exhibitions, art & design-based activities and collaborative projects.  

 


If you cannot submit a portfolio via SlideRoom, the following form may be used to submit a hard copy.

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Bachelor of Music (BMus)


(also for the BA/BMus, BCom/BMus, BE(Hons)/BMus, BMus/LLB, BMus/BSc conjoints)

There are five majors - Classical Performance, Composition, Jazz Performance, Musicology and Popular Music.

The requirements differ for each major. Please see below for details.

 

Classical Performance

To apply for this programme you must:

Your audition portfolio consists of:

  • A statement of musical background
  • A referee contact email address*
  • Video performances for your audition, or
  • You can choose to attend an in-person live audition
    (once you have completed your SlideRoom submission you will be contacted by the School of Music to organise your in-person live audition) Classical Performance live audition guide

Audition Repertoire examples

* Your referee should be your current instrumental/music teacher who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study

Your video performances must adhere to the following:

  • Upload your performances as three separate files or Youtube / Vimeo videos.
  • The three pieces or movements must be of contrasting style.
  • Voice applicants: one piece in Italian and one in English.
  • Must be recent work (from the last 12 months).
  • Recorded in one take and be unedited and/or unmodified.
  • If uploading recordings, then each file must be no greater than 500MB and in one of the following formats: .mov (QuickTime), .wmv (Windows Media Player), .mp4, or .m4v files.
  • If submitting Youtube / Vimeo video links, then these must be set to public and you must not delete these files.
  • You must review your recordings before uploading them to ensure that they are of good quality, clearly audible, and represent your best work to date.
  • Works from recent recitals, examinations and live performances can be used.
  • Choose pieces which demonstrate your proficiency and overall musicianship; that highlight what you feel best represents your present standard of playing.
  • Pieces must be performed on non-electronic instruments only.
  • A maximum total of 15 minutes will be reviewed and assessed.

You must also achieve the published rank score. Selection will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, audition and statement of musical background. More information on entry requirements and rank scores  

(If you are successful and offered a place, then a musicianship test will be required prior to enrolment.  This will determine if you are ready to begin study with MUS 100 – Basic Musical Techniques or MUS 101 – Materials of Music 1)

Composition

To apply for this programme you must:

Your composition portfolio consists of:

  • A statement of musical background.
  • A referee contact email address*
  • Two recent original compositions as individual PDF or .sib file types.
  • You may also include audio recordings of the works as individual files (.m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv), or as Youtube / Vimeo links (these must be set to public and you must not delete these files).

* Your referee should be someone who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study (such as your studio music tutor, music teacher or principal).

You must achieve the published rank score. Selection will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, composition portfolio and statement of musical background. More information on entry requirements and rank scores

(If you are successful and offered a place, then a musicianship test will be required prior to enrolment.  This will determine if you are ready to begin study with MUS 100 – Basic Musical Techniques or MUS 101 – Materials of Music 1).

 

 

 

Jazz Performance

To apply for this programme you must:

*Your statement of musical background should list all relevant musical training and performing experience (professional and amateur), including involvement in community and extracurricular music activities.  Also include details of any musical prizes/awards you have received. Your referee should be your current instrumental/music teacher who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study.

You must also achieve the published rank score. Selection will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, audition and statement of musical background.

More information on entry requirements and rank scores

 

Musicology

To apply for this programme you must:

Complete an Application for Admission & provide your statement of musical background and a referee contact email address.

You must achieve the published rank score, and selection will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement and statement of musical background. 

More information on entry requirements and rank scores

(If you are successful and offered a place, then a musicianship test will be required prior to enrolment.  This will determine if you are ready to begin study with MUS 100 – Basic Musical Techniques or MUS 101 – Materials of Music 1).

 

Popular Music

Applications for the Popular Music are now open. To apply for this programme you must:

Your audition portfolio consists of:

  • A statement of musical background
  • Typed lyric sheets
  • A referee contact email address*
  • Video performances for your audition, or
  • You can choose to attend an in-person live audition
    (once you have completed your SlideRoom submission you will be contacted by the School of Music to organise your in-person live audition)

*Your referee should be your current instrumental/music teacher who can comment on your musical work and your suitability for study.

Your video performances must adhere to the following:

  • Show yourself as the principal singer AND instrumentalist – you must sing AND play either guitar or piano/keyboard on ALL songs.
  • Perform two original songs which were written and composed by you during the last two years. Covers will not be accepted.
  • Upload your performances as two separate files or Youtube / Vimeo videos.
  • Each file must be 3 - 5 minutes in duration.
  • Recorded in one take and be unedited and/or unmodified.
  • If uploading recordings, then each file must be no greater than 500MB and in one of the following formats: .mov (QuickTime), .wmv (Windows Media Player), .mp4, or .m4v files.
  • If submitting Youtube / Vimeo video links, then these must be set to public and you must not delete these files.
  • You must review your recordings before uploading them to ensure that they are of good quality, clearly audible, and represent your best work to date.
  • Choose songs which demonstrate your proficiency and overall musicianship; that highlight what you feel best represents your present standard of playing.

Your typed lyric sheets must adhere to the following:

  • A4 sheets, saved as one single pdf file for uploading
  • Simple chord chart for both of your songs.
  • Choral changes and structure can be written or typed on your A4 typed lyric sheets.
  • Chart every bar in the song and use headings such as "VERSE", "CHORUS", and "BRIDGE" or as appropriate at the start of each section.

You must also achieve the published rank score. Selection will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement, audition and statement of musical background. More information on entry requirements and rank scores

(If you are successful and offered a place, then a musicianship test will be required.  This will determine if we recommend for you to begin study with MUS 100 – Basic Musical Techniques in Summer School)

 

      

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Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours) (BUrbPlan(Hons))


Applications for the BUrbPlan(Hons) close on 8 December. To apply for the BUrbPlan(Hons) you must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission online and answer all of the questions that make up the written statement (these are part of the online application process)

Selection into the BUrbPlan(Hons) programme will be based on the combined strength of your academic achievement and written statement. You must also meet the necessary entry requirements, which are based on your prior study

More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Written statement

As part of the online application process, applicants are required to provide a written statement for assessment. The following questions make up the written statement and applicants are required to answer each question in the online application:

  • What is urban planning?
  • What is a master plan and what are its key elements?
  • What are the limitations of master planning with regards to social, environmental, economic and cultural issues?
  • What do you think your role in an urban planning career would be?

You have approximately 500 words (2048 characters) for each question and it is advised that you prepare your answers beforehand so you have time to consider and reflect on them. You can choose to "Save and Exit" your application before you have submitted it and any information you have already provided will be retained for ten days.
 

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