Experience Ara

Experience Ara

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 in 2020:

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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Automotive: Introduction to Vehicle Servicing

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

Barbering Essentials

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Cost: $400 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Christchurch

Barbering Taster

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

Barista Essentials

  • Duration: 3 days (plus online study beforehand)
  • Cost: $420 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Christchurch; Timaru

Barista Taster

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: $30 (ex GST)
  • Type: Junior taster; Senior taster
  • Location: Christchurch; Timaru

Basic Knife Skills and Food Safety

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Cost: $175 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Christchurch

Basic MIG Welding

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Senior taster
  • Location: Timaru

Beauty Therapy Essentials

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Cost: $400 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses; Holiday workshop
  • Location: Christchurch

Beauty Therapy Taster

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

Builder for a Day

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

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