Gradfest 2018


Gradfest 2018

From architecture and design, to contemporary arts and computing, Unitec will be celebrating and showcasing the creative work and achievements of our students.

Opening Night

You are warmly invited to join us for the Grand Opening of 2018 Gradfest. 

Thursday 22 November 
Doors open: 5.00pm
Pathway Prizegivings: 5:30pm
Official opening: 6:00pm

Celebrate our students’ successes and view work from the newest and most innovative creators in Architecture, Design and Contemporary Arts, Landscape Architecture and Landscape and Garden Design, Performing and Screen Arts,  Computer Science and in an evening showcase dedicated to excellence and innovation. 

Prior to the Grand Opening we will be applauding the successes of our high-achieving students at pathway prize-giving ceremonies which will kick off throughout Building 1 and nearby spaces at 5.30pm. 

The Gradfest exhibition will continue to be open for public viewing from 9:30am – 4pm Fri 23 – Sat 24 November.

The majority of Gradfest events will be held in Building 1, Mt Albert campus. (Please use Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert campus map) Specific locations for exhibitions or performances are provided below.

Architecture and Interior Design

You are invited to join us at our prize-giving ceremony for our highest achieving diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate Architecture and Interior Design students. 

At the celebration, we will also proudly launch the annual Asylum publication alongside an exhibition of the best work from our architecture and interior courses. 

Exhibition: Building 1, East Wing
Prizegiving and Asylum launch: 5:30pm, Building 1, East Wing, Fale, Courtyard

Computer Science

Join us as we celebrate the success of our high-achieving students at our prize-giving ceremony starting at 5.30pm.  Here, the top student(s) across all programmes from diploma to post graduate level will receive an award in recognition of their achievement. 

This will also be an opportunity to find out more about the top ‘Capstone’ project. Capstone is a Level 7 course completed by Bachelor of Computing Systems students in their final year and provides an opportunity for students to work together to research and apply a range of techniques and technology to solve a realistic problem.  Join us as we hear the top group give an informative presentation showcasing their project. 

Prizegiving: 5:30pm, 22nd Nov, Building 001 room 2076

Design and Contemporary Arts

Enjoy a visual feast of work from certificate, diploma and bachelor level students specialising in graphic design, spatial design, photography and media arts, product and furniture design and contemporary arts. In addition, first and second-year students from our new Bachelor of Creative Enterprise degree will showcase innovative work integrating creative industry practice with entrepreneurial skill.

Exhibition: Building 1, Level 1 West wing
Prizegiving: 5:30pm, Building 1 Long Black Courtyard

Landscape Architecture/Landscape and Garden Design

Join us for an exhibition of the year’s work produced by our talented certificate, diploma, bachelor and master-level students.  We also welcome you to attend our Landscape Architecture and Landscape and Garden Design Prizegiving before the exhibition opening.

Copies of the newest edition of our annual XSection journal will be available on the night.

Exhibition: Building 1, East Wing, Level 1
Prizegiving: 5:30pm, Building 1, East Wing, Room 1041

Performing and Screen Arts

Showcase, 9-23 November
Performing and Screen Arts students present their end of year performances, screenings and exhibition work. Full details are below, and we look forward to your company across the month.

9-17 November FIN? - Acting Graduation Show
7.00pm Unitec Theatre, Building 6, Entry 1, Carrington Rd
A collection of five short plays devised and performed by Unitec’s graduating 2018 Year 3 Acting students.
Tickets at

15-18 November - Dance Showcase 2018
7.30pm Raye Freedman Arts Centre, cnr Silver Rd/Gillies Ave, Epsom
Unitec Dance and Beijing Dance Academy students perform new work by guest choreographers; Jessie McCall, Tamsyn Russell, Sarah Foster-Sproull, Bianca Hyslop, Eddie Elliott, Michael Parmenter and Joshua Cesan, in their end of year showcase. 
Tickets at

19 November - NZ Certificate Showcase 
3:00pm & 7:00pm Unitec Theatre, Building 6, Entry 1, Carrington Rd
Short performances by students from the New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 4) - Screen Arts, Acting and Technical Production.
Koha (donation) entry

21 November - Music Showcase 
7:00pm Unitec Dance Studios, Building 7, Entry 1, Carrington Rd
Original music performed by Unitec music students. 
Free entry

22 November - Grad Screening 
6:30pm St Lukes Event Cinema
Screening of short films by graduating Screen Arts students. 
Invite only

23 November - Production Design and Management Exhibition Showcase: Revolutionary Designs
Opening: 6pm – 9pm Unitec Theatre, Building 6, Entry 1, Carrington Rd
Exhibition of work by Costume, Art and Technical students in the Production Design and Management programme inspired by the French Revolution. Exhibition runs on 24 & 25 November from 10:00am-3:00pm.
Free entry

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We look forward to seeing you there!