Design & Contemporary Arts
Ready to push the boundaries of creative practice and challenge conventional thinking? Unitec's Department of Design and Contemporary Arts can give you the skills, experience and guidance you need to realise your creative potential.
Studio practice is at the heart of all of our programmes. In studio, you'll spend many hours on project work where you develop your creative ideas and technical skills with the help of your tutors. You'll have access to digital labs, printmaking studios, darkrooms, photographic studios, metal, wood, glass and ceramics workshops. There'll also be opportunities to collaborate and exchange feedback with your fellow students, display your work at our student galleries on campus or at the end-of-year Grad Fest, and participate in a range of industry-based projects.
Thanks to our international artist in residence programme, you'll get to meet visiting creative practitioners from around the world too. In 2011 they included media and video artists from Taiwan, a sculptor and photographer from Russia, an animator from the USA, and a 3D designer from Slovakia. You can stay up-to-date with the line-up of national and international artists and designers at our snowhite gallery.
Our students and graduates are winning awards like the NZ Best awards, ECC Young Designer of the Year and the prestigious Glaister Ennor graduate art award. They're also fashioning careers in both local and international arenas: as animators, creative directors, curators, fine artists, graphic designers, furniture designers, interior designers, photographers and product designers. Some have even started innovative enterprises and developed their own art and design businesses.
We’re committed to helping every graduate find a great job. That’s why we’re introducing a new teaching model from 2014 with even more industry alignment. Industry professionals will work alongside expert teaching staff to deliver specific projects within a wide range of specialist areas. And from 2015 there will be some exciting new programmes in the mix too. Find out more about the changes.
Design and Contemporary Arts programmes
If you're just starting out:
Bridgepoint foundation education programmes can get you ready to apply for certificate, diploma or degree level study. Find out more about Bridgepoint programmes on offer.
To prepare yourself for further study in design and contemporary arts:
If you’re interested in graphic design and animation:
- Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Graphic Design and Animation)
- Diploma in Graphic Design and Animation (Exit Award)
If you’re interested in interior design:
- Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Interior Design)
- Diploma in Applied Interior Design
- Diploma in Interior Design Studies (Exit Award)
If you’re interested in photography or printmaking:
- Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Photography and Media Arts)
- Diploma in Contemporary Photography (Exit Award)
- Short course: Photographic Practice One
- Short course: Photographic Practice Two
- Short course: Printmaking
If you’re interested in product and furniture design:
- Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Product and Furniture Design)
- Diploma in Product Design Studies (Exit Award)
If you’re interested in visual arts/fine arts (such as painting and sculpture):
Professional development for designers:
Last edited: 25 February 2014