Experience Ara

Experience Ara at one of our Taster days, Master classes and Holiday workshops

Experience Ara is all about giving you a feel for tertiary-level study with hands-on taster days, holiday programmes and workshops in a wide range of subjects. Events are held throughout the school year and most are free. Depending on the activity, you might meet tutors and current students, use our industry-standard facilities to undertake tasks and challenges, or just have a great time learning about a subject you’re really interested in.

Check out what’s happening this year:

Get a feel for tertiary-level study with hands-on junior and Senior Tasters, information sessions, and holiday workshops or earn some extra credits with our assessed STAR courses in a wide range of subjects.

We offer tours at each of our five campuses, by arrangement. Book a tour today using our online request form.

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Introduction to Patternmaking

  • Duration: 5 days
  • Cost: $340
  • Type: STAR courses; Holiday workshop
  • Location: Christchurch

Introduction to Welding

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Cost: $285 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Christchurch; Timaru

Japanese 4U!

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Junior taster
  • Location: Christchurch

Japanese for Travel and Tourism

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster
  • Location: Christchurch

Junior Art Taster

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Junior taster
  • Location: Timaru; Oamaru; Ashburton

Junior Design Taster

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Junior taster
  • Location: Timaru

Kids Tech at Ara (Kids Fest)

  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Cost: $10 - payable on the day.
  • Type: Holiday workshop
  • Location: Christchurch

Let’s Get Cooking Māori

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster; Holiday workshop
  • Location: Christchurch

Let’s Get Cooking Māori & Pasifika

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster; Holiday workshop
  • Location: Timaru

Let’s Get Cooking Pasifika

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster; Holiday workshop
  • Location: Christchurch

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