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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.

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

Master of Creative Practice

Gain a qualification that recognises you as a leader in creative practice.

1 Year
Art and Design

Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice

Take your professional creative career to a new level.

1 Year
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)

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

3 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)

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

3 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Art and Design

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

Learn how to generate ideas, solve problems and design innovative solutions in advertising, marketing and communication design.

3 Years
Starts: February
Madras Street
Art and Design

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

Start your career in design with a solid foundation of core skills.

1 Year
Art and Design

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design

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

1 Year
Starts: February
Timaru
Art and Design

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design

Learn how to use digital technology to express your creativity.

20 Weeks
Starts: July
MULTIPLE
Art and Design

New Zealand Certificate in Creativity

Gain foundation skills for employment or further studies in creative environments.

19 Weeks
Starts: February
MULTIPLE
Art and Design