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School holiday workshops

  • School Holiday Workshops 2019
  • July School Holiday workshops
  • Acting School Holiday Workshop
  • Dance School Holiday Workshops

We offer a range of workshops for 15 - 19 year olds.

Join our free School Holiday Workshops at Unitec

There are over 100 programmes on offer at Unitec. Imagine if you could upskill in one of these areas during the school holidays.

When you attend a workshop you'll learn from experts, and even go home with a certificate of participation. Best of all, they're free. Instead of payment, all we ask is that you give us a koha of canned food. All proceeds go to people in need (including our own Unitec students).

It's all about you and your journey. Adding to your skillset and getting a feel for tertiary life at the same time.


April School Holiday Workshops

Bookings close 19th April (10am)
 

Storytellers Club (27th - 29th April, 10.00am - 3.30pm)

Ever wanted to tell storeis through film, dance or acting? Join the Club. The Storytellers Club is a creative workshop for young people to tell stories through different forms of expression. Show up with the expectation to experience a little bit of flim, acting and dance, and the desire to create in collaboration. You'll be taught by leading experts and will gain knowledge of what it's like to be a creative in a diverse industry.

Screen Bites (21st April, 10.00am - 3.00pm)

Learn about jobs in film and television industry. Combine creative and technical skills in this hands-on workshop where you'll work in collaboration to write, produce, shoot and edit a short project.

Intro to Early Childhood Education (21st April, 9.30am - 2.30pm) SPACES NOW FULL

Let's introduce you to the world of ECE. You'll gain perspective for teaching children at the early developmental stages while exploring play through sensory, interactive and creative activities. Our lecturers will also take you through what you need to know to enter the Bachelor teaching ECE.

Drawing Intensive (27th - 28th April, 10am - 2pm) - SPACES NOW FULL

This dynamic two-day drawing workshop covers gesture, texture, tone, line and form, in wet and dry media. You will be instructed in traditional and experimental procedures to create rich and expressive drawings at medium and large scale.

Drawing for Character (28th - 30th April, 9.30am - 3pm) SPACES NOW FULL

This course will focus on exploring figure drawing for illustration, animation, and graphic novels. Learning to draw the human figure and develop characters based on the human figure. This will enable you to construct your own characters and place these in action poses for animation static images.

Risography printing & binding workshop (27th - 28th April, 9am - 3pm) SPACES NOW FULL

This two-day workshop will introduce you to the world of Risograph printing through the production and binding of your own vision for the perfect notebook or visual diary. We'll cover publication design and planning, outputting master templates, high volume printing, collation, cutting and bookbinding. Come learn how you can be the next Kikki-K.

Design Beautiful User Interfaces for Mobile Apps (27th - 28th April, 9am - 3pm) SPACES NOW FULL

Beautiful User Interfaces are not only seductive and stylish - but more usable too. This two-day workshop will teach you the professional software tools & design principles required to make drop-dead gorgeous User Interfaces. By the end of two days you'll have created an impressive prototype app that you can test and share.

Business for Creatives: How to turn Art & Design ideas into a venture (29th April, 9am - 3pm) SPACES NOW FULL

Making a living from your creativity isn't easy, but it's definitely possible if you can switch between a creative and a business perspective. This one-day workshop will take you through the core techniques that help transform ideas into cashflow.

3D Visualisation for Gaming Environments (29th April, 9am - 3pm) SPACES NOW FULL

In this one day intensive you'll work with established assets to construct a 3D gaming environment in Cinema 4D. You'll explore the importance and relationships of lighting and camera composition in creating artwork for the gaming industry, producing industry-standard renderings that will be printed on our photo-quality Epson printers.


July School Holiday Workshops

Bookings close 7th July (10am)
 

Architectural Fabrication (12th - 14th July, 10am - 3pm)

Grow your knowledge for architectural software, fabrication detail processes and get hands-on experience making artifacts on laster cutters and CNC router machines.

Acting for Stage & Screen (13th - 14th July, 9.30am - 4pm)

Think acting may be the life for you? Keen to know more about how we train at one of Aotearoa's top drama schools? The Unitec Performing and Screen arts acting programme is offering a two-day workshop designed to give you a taste of the acting life. The workshop will provide you with an introduction to acting training including live performance skills and working in front of the camera. You'll get to work with industry professionals and highly experienced acting tutors.

Acting for Stage & Screen (14th - 15th July, 9.30am - 4pm) Due to popular demand, we have opened up a second Acting Workshop.

Think acting may be the life for you? Keen to know more about how we train at one of Aotearoa's top drama schools? The Unitec Performing and Screen arts acting programme is offering a two-day workshop designed to give you a taste of the acting life. The workshop will provide you with an introduction to acting training including live performance skills and working in front of the camera. You'll get to work with industry professionals and highly experienced acting tutors.

Photography: Studio lighting & large format printing (12th - 13th July, 9.30am - 3pm)

This workshop is aimed at years 12 - 13 (or photographically experienced year 11) students. It's a two-day intensive workshop where you'll work with studio flash lighting, edit the images in Photoshop and then print them on our large format printer to make a poster-size print which you can take home. Please bring a DSLR camera if you have one and a USB or external hard drive (Mac format).

Cyber Security (13th - 14th July, 9.30am - 2.30pm)

Don't want your computer to be hacked? Want to learn how to hide your identity? Keen to help others stay safe online? With so much of our security being trusted to the cyber world, this industry is on the rise. Come join us and get started in Cyber Security.

Screen Printing for Image & Merch (14th - 15th July, 10am - 4pm)

This dynamic and experimental two-day workshop will cover the silk-screen printing basics. You'll learn how to prepare images, coat and expose screens using a photosensitive emulsion, and print onto a variety of surfaces. At the end of the workshop, you will have produced 2d prints, a custom designed t-shirt and a tote bag.

Screen Bites (15th July, 10am - 3pm)

Learn about jobs in film and television industry. Combine creative and technical skills in this hands-on workshop where you'll work in collaboration to write, produce, shoot and edit a short project.

Intro to Early Childhood Education (15th July, 9.30am - 2.30pm)

Lets introduce you to the world of ECE. You'll gain perspective for teaching children at the early developmental stages while exploring play through sensory, interactive and creative activities. Our lecturers will also take you through what you need to know to enter the Bachelor teaching ECE.

Intro to Quantity Surveying (19th July, 10am - 2pm)

Lets introduce you to the world of Quantity Surveying. Our Unitec students build houses on site, and we want you to produce quantities for them. From offsite work, to out in the field - experience how Quantity Surveyors get things done.

Metal & Woodworking (20th July, 10am - 2pm)

Working with tools your thing? Come work with our UPC lecturers. Get an introduction to wrought iron work while using a range of hand tools. You'll work on a handcrafted item to take home too.

Building, Modelling & Design (21st July, 10am - 2pm)

Are you interested in the design of buildings? Interested to find out why buildings are the way they are, and how to sketch and plan for what you need? Shape your thinking around design elements and learn in a fun and hands-on environment with our expert lecturers.

Make your own YouTube title sequence (21st - 22nd July, 10am - 4pm)

In this two-day workshop you'll experience a tour of Adobe's After Effects and Green Screen processes in creating a title sequence for your own YouTube channel. In this course we'll explore how to sequence images, create multi-layered video compositions, and work with particles. By the end of the workshop you'll have your own motion graphic title sequence to take on the world.

Tactile Worlds (21st - 22nd July, 9am - 3.30pm)

This fun two-day workshop will introduce you to a breadth of materials and processes associated with sculptural practice. We'll consider the performative object typically associated with artist Erwin Wurm, then construct large scale structures using a range of materials, card and clay.

Takurua Winter dance workshop Deferred

Due to clashing events, Unitec Dance is deferring the winter workshop to a later more appropriate date. We apologise for any inconvenience and will advise you when a new date is confirmed soon.

One of the brightest stars in the winter sky, TAKURUA is the inspiration for the Unitec Dance's annual winter workshop. Two amazing days of energy, creativity and dance. Discover contemporary technique, muscle and bone, choreography and partnering. There'll also be a Q&A by current Unitec dance students, led by the dance team.

Mural Painting (23rd July, 10am - 2pm)

Come along to a one-day Stencil art wokshop and learn the basics of using spray paint. You'll be taught by local graffiti artist 'Berst'.


October School Holiday Workshops

Bookings close 29th September (10am)
 

Architectural Fabrication (5th - 7th October, 10am - 3pm)

Grow your knowledge for architectural software, fabrication detail processes and get hands-on experience making artifacts on laster cutters and CNC router machines.

Building, Modelling and Design (4th October, 10am - 2pm)

Are you interested in the design of buildings? Interested to find out why buildings are the way they are, and how to sketch and plan for what you need? Shape your thinking around design elements and learn in a fun and hands-on environment with our expert lecturers.

Intro to Early Childhood Education (7th October, 9.30am - 2.30pm)

Lets introduce you to the world of ECE. You'll gain perspective for teaching children at the early developmental stages while exploring play through sensory, interactive and creative activities. Our lecturers will also take you through what you need to know to enter the Bachelor teaching ECE.

Intro to Quantity Surveying (11th October, 10am - 2pm)

Lets introduce you to the world of Quantity Surveying. Our Unitec students build houses on site, and we want you to produce quantities for them. From offsite work, to out in the field - experience how Quantity Surveyors get things done.

Metal & Woodworking (12th October, 10am - 2pm)

Working with tools your thing? Come work with our UPC lecturers. Get an introduction to wrought iron work while using a range of hand tools. You'll work on a handcrafted item to take home too.

Cybersecurity (12th - 13th October, 9.30am - 2.30pm)

Don't want your computer to be hacked? Do you want to learn how to hide your identity? Keen to help others stay safe online? With so much of our security being trusted to the cyber world, this industry is on the rise. Come join us and get started in Cyber Security.

Screen Bites (14th October, 10am - 3pm)

Learn about jobs in film and television industry. Combine creative and technical skills in this hands-on workshop where you'll work in collaboration to write, produce, shoot and edit a short project.


Book your place now

2020 School Holiday Workshop testimonials

In July there were workshops for aspiring Actors, Dancers, Early childhood practitioners, Filmmakers, and Architectural designers.

Here's what some of the participants had to say...

"I learnt so much!! About people, myself, the craft itself, the industry. Honestly very detailed too, as I have completed many workshops before and this one again taught something new and different." - Acting for Stage and Screen

"I enjoyed everything from muscle and bone which was totally new and also learning the traditional mau rakau. It was such an experience." - Takirua Winter Dance Workshop

"It was a fantastic experience. I learnt a lot about the whole subject but also found more about the course here. Very helpful considering I'm interested in the subjects as a career. I liked the fact it was hands on (clay,book etc) I felt I was able to see from childrens perspectives" - Intro to ECE

"[I enjoyed] the overall vibe of the workshop. It has like a 'family' feel to it." - Screen Bites

For any queries, please email us at upc@unitec.ac.nz.