Whakaahua Design

About design

A career in the field of design covers a broad spectrum of activities. Design is everywhere around us, and successful artists have the ability to think outside of the conventional, and conceptualise their ideas into reality.

Depending on your specialisation, you could build a career either in companies or independently as an artist, designer or craftsperson, across areas like jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, illustration or fabric design and printing. Your understanding of design principles could see you take on design studio roles in a range of related industries including galleries, museums and theatres, or in art departments for film and television productions.

Studying design

Ara's Art and Design programmes offer you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas.

Depending on your area of interest, you can study aspects of design in:

  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Applied Visual Art
  • Visual Communication
  • Motion Design

In your first year you will be based in a studio with 15-20 students.  Theory classes will be delivered in lectures as well as tutorials. You'll have access to a wide range of specialist facilities, including; computer labs (Mac-based labs); printmaking and photographic studios; fully-equipped fashion workrooms, and specialist art workshops.

Programmes

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

Programme code:
CH3756
Level:
7
Credits:
360
Starts:
February

Harness your imagination and creativity and channel towards a career in the dynamic field of motion design.

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Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

Programme code:
CH3756
Level:
7
Credits:
360
Starts:
February

Learn how to frame and develop creative ideas through hands-on interaction with a range of media and prepare yourself for independent art practice in a studio environment.

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Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

Programme code:
CH3756
Level:
7
Credits:
360
Starts:
February

Advertising, marketing and communication design for both page and screen are major employment areas. Learn how to generate ideas, solve problems and design innovative solutions in these challenging fields.

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New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

Programme code:
NZ2638
Level:
5
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

This diploma aims to develop the technical and thinking skills needed to work in visual communication or graphic design at an introductory level.

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New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5)

Programme code:
NZ2636
Level:
5
Credits:
120
Starts:
February

Enhance your creative skills to establish yourself as an arts practitioner.

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New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media & Design

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design

Programme code:
NZ2629
Level:
4
Credits:
60
Starts:
July

This programme is designed to give you experience in producing creative and effective outcomes using current digital technology.

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New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

Programme code:
NZ2869
Level:
4
Credits:
60
Starts:
February, July

This programme provides an introduction to creative thinking.

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Certificate in Foundation Studies Level 2 (Creative) YG

Programme code:
OT5062
Level:
2
Credits:
60
Starts:
July

Youth Guarantee programmes are a great way to learn practical skills and gain a qualification. You can apply for these options if you're 16 to 19 years of age and no longer at school, or if you're planning on leaving school. Explore art and design and develop your creative ideas.

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