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Student Showcases

Throughout the year, Ara students showcase their work and achievements through performances, exhibitions and displays that are open to the public. Take the opportunity to see for yourself the incredible talent at Ara by attending the events and activities featured here.

Engineering Showcase

The Ara Engineering Showcase celebrates the achievements of the graduating class of the Bachelor of Engineering Technology.The exhibition of final-year student projects showcases their hard work, technical knowledge, and problem-solving skills.

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Opening event: Wed 11 Nov 5.30pm
Showcase: Thu 12 Nov - Mon 16 Nov 9-4pm

EXIT exhibition

EXIT is the final exhibition of projects by the graduating class of the Bachelor of Architectural Studies students.

Exit represents the culmination of three years of hard work and dedication for our final year students in the Bachelor of Architectural Studies. The work not only demonstrates the technical and design capabilities of these students, it also shows how they have merged these capabilities to create their own personal and unique approach to designing spaces.

Opening event: Wed 25 Nov 5.30pm
Exhibition Thu: 26 Nov - Fri 4 Dec 9am-4pm


iDraught is an exhibition of work by the Architectural Technology students.

iDraught showcases conceptual drawings, technical diagrams and architectural models.

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Opening event: Thursday 19 November, 5.30pm
Exhibition: Fri 20 November 9am-4pm


This is an exhibition of interior design projects completed by the students of the Diploma in Interior Design. It will be hosted at Kahukura, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch The Visualise exhibition celebrates the talent and dedication of this years’ Diploma in Interior Design students in a format relevant to their chosen career path.

The design work presented not only demonstrates what they have learnt this year, but also the emergence of their own unique styles as they move towards a career in interior design.

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Opening event: Tues 17 Nov 5.30pm
Exhibition: Wed 18 - Fri 20 Nov, 9am-4pm

FORM fashion exhibition

Clothing designed and made by Ara fashion students will be on display and for sale at Form, an exhibition and pop-up sale at our City campus.

Form is one of two main collections undertaken by final-year fashion degree students. Each student creates up to 12 garments for Form, along with a look book of professional photographs of their collection.

At Form you can meet the students, see their creations, try garments on and snap up clothing from New Zealand’s future fashion designers.

Dates to be announced.

Music Arts Capstone Concert Series

Don’t miss this opportunity to see our talented third-year Bachelor of Music Arts students as they and their bands give their capstone performances before graduating.

These shows are FREE and everyone is welcome. For more details see the Music Arts Facebook page.

Dates to be announced.


Emerge celebrates the success of our degree and graduate diploma students in ICT. Come along and check out the exhibition showcasing their capstone projects.

Dates to be announced.

NASDA Finale

All the year’s highlights in one fabulous FREE show!

Dates to be announced.

Pitch fashion show

Get set to experience the glitz, glamour and spectacle of Pitch – our annual runway show featuring stunning creations by our first, second and third-year fashion design students.

Dates to be announced.


Each year Bachelor of Design students who are completing their qualifications present RIPE, an exhibition of the best work from the major projects that culminate their studies.

Work is presented by students in Visual Communication, Photography, Applied Visual Art, and Motion Design. It ranges from drawing, prints and sculptures, through to posters, publications, films and animations. It is a great opportunity for intending students to come and see where study at Ara Art & Design might take them.

Dates to be announced.

Te Ara Rewa

Listen, learn, prepare to be inspired by our Bachelor of Māori Language and Indigenous Studies students and Te Puna Wānaka staff as they present Te Ara Rewa!

This innovative show uses Te Reo Māori, waiata kīnaki, and mōteatea to share students’ projects and research together with their journey at Te Puna Wānaka and their future direction.

Dates to be announced.

Travel Education Expo

Ara’s annual Travel and Tourism Expo showcases the work of students completing Level 3 and 4 certificates in tourism and travel.

The expo is the result of the knowledge students have gained through class projects, guest speakers, visits to attractions and field trips. Throughout the year, students have learned from our highly trained and experienced tutors, as well as many industry professionals.

Dates to be announced.