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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Essential Skills for Tourism & Hospitality

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Cost: $280 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses; Holiday workshop
  • Location: Christchurch; Timaru

Fashion, Photography, Hair and Beauty

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Junior taster
  • Location: Christchurch

Fish ‘n Chips ‘n Science

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

Food Processing

  • Duration: 4 days over 4 weeks
  • Cost: $375
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Timaru

Food Safety

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Cost: $195 (ex GST)
  • Type: STAR courses
  • Location: Christchurch; Timaru

Hairdressing Essentials

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

Hairdressing Taster

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

How to be successful in IT & Diving into Data

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

How to be Successful in IT & VOIP/ IP Networking

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

How to Smash the (NASDA) Audition

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Cost: Free
  • Type: Information and preparation
  • Location: Christchurch

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