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:
- 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.
Master of Creative Practice
Gain a qualification that recognises you as a leader in creative practice.
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice
Take your professional creative career to a new level.
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
Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)
Harness your imagination and creativity and channel towards a career in the dynamic field of motion design.
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)
Learn how to generate ideas, solve problems and design innovative solutions in advertising, marketing and communication design.
New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)
Start your career in design with a solid foundation of core skills.
New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design
Enhance your creative skills to establish yourself as an arts practitioner.
New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design
Learn how to use digital technology to express your creativity.
New Zealand Certificate in Creativity
Gain foundation skills for employment or further studies in creative environments.