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Art and Design

You can change the world by communicating your ideas, whether you prefer Graphic Design, Photography, Media Arts, Painting, User Experience Design, Sculpture, Installation, Animation, Illustration, Product & Packaging Design or Contemporary Craft practice. Our tutors will guide you to develop your own unique mode and method of expression.

Explore your options

Study Art and Design at Unitec and you’ll learn how to visually explore different forms of communication through our unique multi-disciplinary studio approach. The applied nature of the courses means you will be hands-on, first developing your own ideas and then building your technical skills. It’s a close-knit environment, with regular peer reviews and group critiques. Your tutors are specialists in fine art, animation, game design, media and design, and our guest lecturer programme introduces you to practitioners from across industry.

Exposure to creative problem solving will expand your learning beyond the classroom. We examine contemporary Māori and Pacific approaches, which, combined with other cultural influences, offer you a creative and diverse education.

Through practice-based training, students are equipped with the tools for commercial and creative success for their chosen fields. You’ll get to exhibit your work in the campus galleries, in public spaces and at the end of year graduate show. Our graduates have gone on to win awards, exhibit around the globe, and enjoy the dynamic and engaging experience of being involved in the Creative Industries.


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Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available Entry into further study at certificate or diploma level. February or July
New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Art and Design 4 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available. This programme prepares you for further study toward a career in art and design in creative industries February or July
Bachelor of Creative Enterprise 7 Three years full-time or part-time options available Artist, Photographer, Graphic designer, Product designer, Motion graphics designer, Independent craft practitioner, Art/ Design Educator February or July
Bachelor of Design and Contemporary Art 7 Three years full-time or part-time options available Graphic designer, Photographer, Artist, Motion graphics designer, Illustrator, Packaging designer, Product designer, Curator, Art/design educator, Gallerist, Animator February or July
Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Practice 8 Six months full-time or one year part-time February or July
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice 8 Full-time for one year or part-time for two years Artist, Creative director, Curator, Digital artist, Director, Graphic designer, Photographer, Producer, Visual artist February or July
Master of Creative Practice 9 Full-time for 18 months or part-time for three years Artist, Art director, Product designer, Graphic designer, Director, Photographer, Experience designer, Producer, Production designer, Sculptor, Visual artist, Performance designer, Service designer, Curator, Actor for theatre, film and television, Choreographer, Filmmaker February or July