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

School Holiday Workshops

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 skill set and getting a feel for tertiary life at the same time.

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April School Holiday Workshops

Bookings close 13th April (10am)

Drawing Intensive (26th – 27th April, 10am – 2pm)

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 (26th – 28th April, 9.30am – 3pm)

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.

Design Beautiful User Interfaces for Mobile Apps (26th – 27th April, 9am – 3pm)

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.

Intro to Early Childhood Education (27th April, 9.30am – 2.30pm)

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.


July School Holiday Workshops

Dance Winter workshop (12th - 14th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm)

Unitec Dance's free annual winter workshop offers three amazing days of energy, cretivity and dance. Led by an expert team including Unitec Dance tutuors and featuring some exciting industry leading guests. This fun workshop is suitable for senior secondary schools students (Years 12 - 13) and recent school leavers, especially those considering auditioning for the Unitec Dance programme.

Python and Pi Programming (13th July, 9.30am – 2.30pm) Bookings are now closed

Students are expected to learn about the principle of Python programming, and how to apply it in Raspberry Pi and Internet of Things (IoT)

Screen Bites (20th - 21st 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.

Building Modelling and Design (20th July, 10am - 2pm)

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 projAre you interested in the design of buildings? Interested to find out why building 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.

Acting for stage & screen (20th - 21st July, 9.30am - 4pm) Bookings are now closed

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.


October School Holiday Workshops

Booking close 28th September (10am)

Architectural Fabrication (4th – 6th 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.

Intro to Early Childhood Education (6th October, 9.30am - 2.30pm)

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.

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

Let’s 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 (11th 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.

Cyber Security (11th 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.

Python and Pi Programming (12th October, 9.30am – 2.30pm)

Students are expected to learn about the principle of Python programming, and how to apply it in Raspberry Pi and Internet of Things (IoT)

Screen Bites (12th - 13th 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.


 

Free Acting School Holiday Workshop

2021 Testimonials

"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 learned 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.