Design skills are essential for New Zealand's economic and cultural future. Our Art and Design programmes will give you the skills you need to build a career in this exciting and diverse field.
Studying here will see you in good company. Our students regularly win national awards and the acknowledgement of colleagues in the industry.
Our Art and Design facilities are located at our City Campus in Christchurch and our Timaru Campus.
Industry and community
Employers seek our graduates knowing they are ready to contribute their creative energy, enthusiasm and ideas from day one.
Along with valuable work experience and intern opportunities, Ara Institute of Canterbury's industry relationships ensure we respond quickly to marketplace demands and provide the skills and qualifications employers tell us they need you to have.
Our resources are exceptional. We have dedicated print facilities for traditional media like woodblock, intaglio, silkscreen and fabric printing. For new print media, we have digital machines for market-quality printing of large scale poster and banner projects or cut vinyls.
You will be using advanced digital and multimedia technologies in our Mac studios featuring the full Creative Suite from Adobe and the latest Cinema 4D design programme. The Bachelor of Design (Motion Design) is the the only degree programme in New Zealand to be using Cinema 4D for modelling, animating, lighting, texturing and rendering.
Our workrooms are well stocked with specialist tools and equipment for creating fashion garments, art and sculpture. You can book photo shoots within our main studio with a cyc, full lighting kit and backdrops, as well as in two smaller studios.
We've developed impressive purpose-built environments to enhance your learning.
Subjects we teach
Kim Lowe is the recipient of the 2019 Olivia Spencer Bower Award
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Three-month-long photo wins national award
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