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“The technical and industry knowledge you gain is such a strength of the programme.”

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Josh Nikora

The hands-on, practical skills Robbie Everson gained during his Bachelor of Architectural Studies are serving him well in the job he got at Sheppard and Rout Architects when he graduated

Robbie Everson

Olivia has a passion for architecture, and has used that passion to fuel her degree at Ara, right through to her employment at an architecture firm.

Olivia Shackley

After studying architectural technology at Ara, Kate Matson is working as an architectural designer and aims to be the best she can possibly be.

Kate Matson

Construction management and quantity surveying

Kylie Wilson has “loved every second” of studying concurrent engineering and quantity surveying diplomas at Ara.

Kylie Wilson

“The tutors were very approachable and extremely knowledgeable.”

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- Ieuan McLeod, graduate, National Diploma in Quantity Surveying

Like a lot of school leavers, Danni Platt wasn’t entirely sure what she wanted to do for a career. She’d thought about architectural design but decided that creativity and thinking outside of the box weren’t her forte. “I’ve always been better at dealing with facts and numbers,” she says.

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Danni Platt

After completing a carpentry apprenticeship with Brosnan Construction in Christchurch, Caleb McGrail decided to continue his education by studying the New Zealand Diploma in Construction Management at Ara.

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Caleb McGrail

Interior Design

Interior design student Georgia Strong is loving the opportunity to express her creativity during her internship with Shelf Home + Gifts. 

Georgia Strong

After working ten years in painting and decorating, Jack Nash studied interior decorating at Ara and plans to expand his skills even further by studying architecture next.

Jack Nash