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Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business


Take your study to the next level

With a Massey Conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business you can complete two different degrees simultaneously and enjoy the benefits of both.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 510
  • Duration

  • 4 years full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ

More and more employers are seeking graduates with an understanding of business as well as the knowledge and skills of an arts discipline.

The Bachelor of Arts will make you a responsible, world-conscious citizen. You’ll apply your knowledge and transferable skills to real-life scenarios. Prepare to become a free and original thinker who will lead Aotearoa New Zealand into the future and help solve some of the world’s big problems.

The Bachelor of Business will teach you to think clearly, critically and analytically. You’ll be able to conceptualise ideas and relate them to real-life business situations, and gain the skills to change a business for the better. You’ll study at an internationally regarded business school.

Choice and flexibility

With loads of majors to choose from in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business, you’ll have many options to create your ideal qualification. With this choice and flexibility, you can follow your interests and delve deeply into multiple subjects. You’ll also develop amazing time management skills!

Take on the challenge

With a conjoint Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business you’ll take on a rewarding but challenging four-year degree, studying for two degrees concurrently. You’ll have to work harder than your peers but you’ll walk away with double the benefits.

Careers and further study


Your conjoint bachelor’s degree will give you far greater opportunities than a single degree. Combining two degrees will enhance your employability and give you a competitive edge in the job market. You’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary for success in business, local and central government, marketing, education, economics, psychology and numerous other areas.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

Transferring into the Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business

If you have already started the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Business degree, in order to transfer into this conjoint programme, you must meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum B average in relevant prior study, and have passed all courses. Only Massey grades will be used for GPA calculation
  • you must not have already completed the requirements of one of the component degrees (e.g. BA or BBus or BSc component).

You will submit verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey. 

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

510 credits

255 credits

From the Schedule to the Bachelor of Arts including:

Core courses

Major courses

BA elective courses


255 credits

From the Schedule to the Bachelor of Business including:

Core courses

Major courses

BBus elective course


This is an achievement-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of courses before progressing your enrolment in the programme.

Ensure that overall you also have:

  • For the BBus component - at least 120 credits at 200-level or above, of which at least 60 credits must be at 300-level


Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this programme

Schedule A: Core courses

Part One

Compulsory courses
30 credits
237130 Communication for Makers 15
237131 Conversations in Creative Cultures 15
60 credits
198157 Studio I (Object) 15
212157 Studio I (Dress) 15
213157 Studio I (Art Lab) 15
213158 Studio I (Art Place) 15
221157 Studio I (Lens) 15
222157 Studio I (Screen) 15
222158 Studio I (Type) 15
223157 Studio I (Material) 15
224157 Studio I (Space) 15
296157 Studio I (Imagine) 15

Part Two

Compulsory course
237230 Creative Cultures & Contexts I 15
15 credits
197288 Creative Collaboration 15
237231 Creative Cultures & Contexts II 15
Integrated Design students must take
197288 Creative Collaboration 15

Part Three

Compulsory course
237330 Creative Cultures & Ideas 15
15 credits
197388 Creative Communities 15
237331 Creative Cultures & Display 15
Integrated Design major students must take
197388 Creative Communities 15

Part Four

15 credits
197465 Creative Leadership 15
213465 Exhibition 15
237465 Creative Exposition 15

Schedule B: Majors

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Schedule C: Elective courses

197119 Coding for Creative Practice 15
197122 Digital Fabrication 15
197123 Visual Identity Systems 15
197191 Art and Design: Special Topic I 15
197193 Contemporary Design Project 1A 15
197194 Contemporary Design Project 1B 15
197211 Rapid Ideation 15
197228 Contemporary Design Project A 15
197229 Contemporary Design Project 2A 15
197238 Interaction and Interface I 15
197270 Creative Ecologies I 15
197288 Creative Collaboration 15
197291 Art and Design: Special Topic II 15
197331 Contemporary Design Project B 15
197332 Contemporary Design Project C 15
197338 Interaction and Interface II 15
197370 Creative Ecologies II 15
197379 Service and Experience Design 15
197383 Internship 15
197388 Creative Communities 15
197433 Designing Science Fiction 15
197434 Design Awards and Competitions 15
197440 Contemporary Design Project D 15
197441 Contemporary Design Project E 15
197442 Contemporary Design Project F 15
197443 Contemporary Design Project G 15
197465 Creative Leadership 15
197470 Creative Ecologies III 15
197471 Social Interventions Through Design 15
197490 Design Special Topic A 15
197495 Design Independent Study 15
197499 Design Special Topic 30
198124 Modelling and Prototyping for Product Design 15
198212 Product Design Visualisation 15
198213 Furniture Design 15
198308 Industrial Design Special Topic A 15
198315 Product Development 15
198320 Open Design & Digital Fabrication 15
198463 Industrial Design Digital Representation 15
198490 Industrial Design Special Topic C 15
198495 Industrial Design Independent Study 15
212100 Fashion Pattern Making 15
212101 Fashion Construction 15
212200 Garment Block Pattern Drafting and Grading 15
212226 Fashion Communication 15
212228 Fashion Special Topic A 15
212304 Drape for Design 15
212309 Contoured and Knit Apparel 15
212321 Digital Applications for Fashion Production 15
212328 Fashion Special Topic B 15
212403 Apparel Production Research 15
212495 Fashion Design Independent Study 15
213150 Painting 15
213151 Contemporary Sculpture 15
213154 Contemporary Drawing 15
213155 Drawing the Body I 15
213211 Fine Arts Special Topic II 15
213254 Drawing in Practice 15
213255 Drawing the Body II 15
213256 Contemporary Art Projects A 15
213257 Contemporary Art Projects B 15
213258 Contemporary Art Projects C 15
213259 Contemporary Art Projects D 15
213260 Fine Arts Special Topic IIB 30
213261 Contemporary Art Projects F 15
213262 Contemporary Art Projects G 15
213263 Contemporary Art Projects H 15
213264 Contemporary Art Projects I 15
213265 Contemporary Art Projects J 15
213311 Fine Arts Special Topic III 15
213356 Contemporary Art Projects E 15
213358 Fine Arts Internship 15
213359 Contemporary Art Projects K 15
213360 Fine Arts Special Topic IIIB 30
213411 Fine Arts Special Topic IV 15
213464 Art in Context 15
213465 Exhibition 15
221100 Photography as an Agent of Change 15
221220 Photography and the Studio 15
221221 Photography and Digital Practices I 15
221222 Photography and the Darkroom 15
221291 Photography Special Topic A 15
221320 Photography and the Body 15
221321 Photography and Digital Practices II 15
221322 Photography and the Advanced Darkroom 15
221391 Photography Special Topic B 15
221456 Photography and the Archive 15
221457 Photography and Visuality 15
221495 Photography Independent Study 15
222103 Social Media Culture 15
222104 Printmaking 15
222208 Letterpress 15
222215 Brand Communication 15
222225 Story and Narration 15
222232 Character Design 15
222248 Typographic Systems 15
222312 Art Direction 15
222313 Copywriting 15
222326 Sequential Art 15
222333 Concept Design for Imaginary Worlds 15
222347 Editorial Design 15
222348 Narrative Information Design 15
222390 Visual Communication Design Special Topic A 15
222409 Contemporary Letterpress 15
222417 Image and Identity 15
222449 Spatial Type 15
222490 Visual Communication Design Special Topic D 15
222491 Visual Communication Design Special Topic E 15
222496 Visual Communication Design Special Topic F 15
222499 Independent Visual Communication Design Study 15
223207 Materials Lab 15
223211 Fashion Textiles 15
223301 Contemporary Wallcoverings 15
223312 Textile Print Project 15
223328 Textile Design Special Topic B 15
223411 Embroidered Textiles 15
223412 Sustainable Colouration 15
223490 Textile Design Special Topic C 15
223495 Textile Design Independent Study 15
224204 Design for Performance 15
224205 Design for Display 15
224302 Spatial Design Special Topic A 15
224306 Game Space 15
224490 Spatial Design Special Topic C 15
224495 Spatial Design Independent Study 15
237117 Māori Art and Design Studio I - Toi Atea 15
237130 Communication for Makers 15
237131 Conversations in Creative Cultures 15
237211 Māori Visual and Material Culture - Toi Atea 15
237217 Māori Art and Design Studio IIA - Toi Atea 15
237218 Māori Art and Design Studio IIB - Toi Atea 15
237230 Creative Cultures & Contexts I 15
237231 Creative Cultures & Contexts II 15
237317 Māori Art and Design Studio IIIA - Toi Atea 15
237318 Māori Art and Design Studio IIIB - Toi Atea 15
237330 Creative Cultures & Ideas 15
237331 Creative Cultures & Display 15
237401 The Material Turn 15
237402 The Visual Field 15
237403 Studies in Material Culture B 15
237404 Studies in Visual Culture B 15
237417 Māori Art and Design Studio IV - Toi Atea 30
237465 Creative Exposition 15

Majors and minors

About specialisations

For information about each of the majors/specialisations and their courses, see the major web page linked from the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business programme pages.

Planning your programme

Planning overview

You should normally choose about half your credits for each year from each degree.

If you are full-time in your first year you should enrol for a total of eight courses (120 credits), including the 100-level courses required for the BA and BBus subjects you intend to study at 200-level. Generally your eight courses should include four courses from each of the BA and BBus degrees.

In your second year you will need to take nine courses, so that by the end of the year you have passed at least 255 credits.

In your third year you will normally take a combination of 200- and 300-level courses which will allow you to complete your 300-level requirements in your fourth year.

Please note, once you are enrolled in the conjoint programme, you must:

  • pass all courses
  • maintain a B average
  • pass courses in both the BA and BBus components each year of study
  • complete the programme within 10 years of first enrolling.

The BA part of the qualification consists of 255 credits (17 courses) to be made up of:

  • The majoring requirements of at least one subject as specified for the BA with the exception of Business Psychology. All courses must be selected from the BA Schedule. If you are planning to major in Economics for the BA part of the programme you cannot include courses from this major in the BBus component.
  • The five compulsory Arts courses: 230.110, 230.111, 230.112, 230.210, and 230.310.
  • Courses 230.110, 230.111 and 230.112 must be completed within the first 120 credits of the BA component. Course 230.210 must be completed within the first 195 credits of the BA component.
  • You must obtain at least 45 additional credits (three courses) from courses in the BA Schedule B or C, excluding courses with prefixes 114, 115, 152, 153 178, 190 or 219.

The BBus part of the programme which must be completed with a major, consists of 255 credits (17 courses) to be made up of:

  • all of the core courses; and
  • the majoring requirements of one subject, no more than 135 credits at 100 level, with at least 60 credits (four courses) at the 300-level. All courses must be selected from the BBus Schedule.

A recommended structure for the conjoint degree is shown below:

Year 1

  • 230.110 Tūrangawaewae Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa (15 credits)
  • 230.111 Tū Kupu Writing & Inquiry or 230.112 Tū Arohae Critical Thinking (15 credits)
  • BA major courses (30 credits)
  • BBus core courses (60 credits).

Year 2

  • 230.111 Tū Kupu Writing & Inquiry or 230.112 Tū Arohae Critical Thinking (15 credits)
  • BA major courses (60 credits)
  • BBus core and major courses (60 credits).

Year 3

  • 230.210 Tū Rangaranga Global Encounters (15 credits)
  • BA major courses (45 credits)
  • BBus major courses (75 credits).

Year 4

  • 230.310 Tū Tira Mai Practising Engagement (15 credits)
  • BA courses (45 credits)
  • BBus courses (60 credits).


Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.

A good fit if you:

  • have wide-ranging interests and want the flexibility to follow your passions
  • enjoy thinking analytically and creatively
  • want to challenge yourself.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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