National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries


NICAI's Undergraduate Supplementary Application process

Some of the programmes available at NICAI have extra requirements for admission. This section contains the necessary forms and information needed to complete an admission application for NICAI, 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 2013. To apply for this programme you must:

  • Complete the Application for admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz  PLUS
  • Complete the BAS Supplementary Application Form below.

You must also achieve the published 2014 rank score, the necessary subject/credit requirements and be selected for the programme. Selection will be based on your academic achievement and all parts of your Supplementary Application.
More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Supplementary Application process

The Supplementary Application for the BAS consists of the completed form, your portfolio and your written statement. An interview may be required.

Note that the Supplementary Application Form must be completed in addition to the University's online application process.

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BAS Info Sheet 2014
(566.8 kB, PDF)

Portfolio Process

All portfolios must be submitted in hard copy format and should include examples that show a range of drawing techniques and media. We strongly recommend that you allow yourself plenty of time to prepare this body of work to the specifications defined for the BAS. Full details on the format and content of the portfolio can be found on the BAS Info Sheet below.

Video: Associate Professor Sarah Treadwell answers some FAQs about preparing an architecture portfolio.

Sample Architectural Portfolios:

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Bachelor of Dance Studies (BDanceSt)


Applications for the BDanceSt close on 1 October 2013. To apply for this programme you must:

  • Complete the Application for admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz  PLUS
  • Complete the BDanceSt Supplementary Application Form below.

You must also achieve the published 2014 rank score, the necessary subject/credit requirements and be selected for the programme. Selection will be based on your academic achievement and all parts of your Supplementary Application.
More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Supplementary Application process

The Supplementary Application for the BDanceSt consists of the completed form, your written statement, your curriculum vitae and an audition/interview. The audition includes a 1-2 hour movement exploration group workshop, followed by an interview/discussion. Please wear comfortable clothing (there is no expectation of body type, fashion or uniform). Auditions for the 2014 intake will be held on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November.

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BDanceSt Info Sheet 2014
(565.0 kB, PDF)
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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)


Applications for the BFA close on 1 October 2013. To apply for this programme you must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz PLUS
  • Complete the BFA Supplementary Application Form below.

You must also achieve the published 2014 rank score and be selected for the programme. Selection will be based on your academic achievement and all parts of your Supplementary Application.
More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Supplementary Application process

The Supplementary Application for the BFA consists of the completed form, your portfolio, written statement, academic transcript (if required) and your curriculum vitae (if required). After your initial Supplementary Application has been reviewed, you may be invited to attend an interview with Elam academic staff.

Full details on the format and content of your portfolio can be found on the BFA Info Sheet below. We strongly recommend you allow yourself plenty of time to prepare your portfolio to the specifications defined by the BFA.

Note that the Supplementary Application Form must be completed in addition to the University's online application process.

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BFA Info Sheet 2014
(570.6 kB, PDF)

If you have successfully completed Part III of your BFA  or BA/BFA degree, you may be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) (BFA(Hons)) for your fourth year of study. You must complete the University’s online application process; however, no Supplementary Application process applies.

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Bachelor of Music (BMus)


The BMus offers five majors: Classical Performance, Composition, Jazz Performance, Musicology, and Popular Music. The requirements and closing dates differ for each so please see below for details.

To apply  for the BMus you must complete the following by the relevant closing date:

  • The Application for Admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz PLUS
  • The relevant BMus Supplementary Application form below.

You must also achieve the published 2014 rank score and be selected for the programme. Selection will be based on your academic achievement and all parts of your Supplementary Application.
More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Supplementary Application process

You must also complete NICAI’s Supplementary Application for all majors of the BMus.

Classical Performance, Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors

The Supplementary Application for the Classical Performance, Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors consists of the completed form, your curriculum vitae, including a referee's report and a copy of your highest grade music certificate. Note that this form must be completed in addition to the University's online application process. A good quality pre-audition CD is also required from all applicants for the Jazz Performance and Popular Music majors. 

All applicants are required to present a live audition. The main auditions are usually held from the last week of October. You will be expected to play or sing a selection of pieces that demonstrate your current standard of performance.
Video: How to Audition for the BMus – Classical Performance

To see some examples of successful audition repertoires, please download the document below. After your audition, you will be asked to complete a mandatory musicianship test online. You can practise taking a sample test here:
Sample musicianship test

Composition and Musicology majors

The Supplementary Application for the Composition and Musicology majors consists of the completed form and a statement of musical background and experience. For the Composition major you are also required to submit a portfolio of 2-3 composition works. Note that this form must be completed in addition to the University's online application process. 

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


Applications for the BUrbPlan(Hons) close on 8 December 2013. To apply for this programme you must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission at www.apply.auckland.ac.nz, PLUS
  • Complete the BUrbPlan(Hons) Supplementary Application Form below.

You must also achieve the published 2014 rank score and be selected for the programme. Selection will be based on your academic achievement and all parts of your Supplementary Application.
More information on entry requirements and rank scores

Supplementary Application process

The Supplementary Application for the BUrbPlan(Hons) consists of the completed form and your written statement. Note that this form must be completed in addition to the University's online application process.

Note: From 2014, the BUrbPlan(Hons) replaces the former Bachelor of Planning degree. For further information please contact the School of Architecture and Planning: info-creative@auckland.ac.nz

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