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Art and Design
Channel your artistic talents into a rewarding career that lets you be creative every day.
Design skills are essential for New Zealand's economic and cultural future. Our Art and Design programmes will give you the skills you need to build a career in this exciting and diverse field.
Studying here will see you in good company. Our students regularly win national awards and the acknowledgement of colleagues in the industry.
We have Art and Design facilities at our Christchurch City and Timaru campuses.
Along with valuable work experience and intern opportunities, our relationships with industry mean we can respond quickly to marketplace demands. This ensures you graduate with exactly the skills employers tell us they need. Ara graduates are popular with employers because they have a reputation for being highly skilled, industry-ready and keen to contribute their creative energy and ideas from day one.
Our Art and Design facilities are exceptional and we’ve developed impressive, purpose-built environments to enhance your learning.
As an Art and Design student you’ll have access to advanced digital and multimedia technologies in our Mac studios which feature the full Creative Suite from Adobe and the latest Cinema 4D design programme. The Bachelor of Design (Motion Design) is the only degree programme in New Zealand to be using Cinema 4D for modelling, animating, lighting, texturing and rendering.
We have dedicated print facilities for traditional media like woodblock, intaglio, silkscreen and fabric printing, along with digital machines for market-standard printing of large-scale posters, banners and vinyl cut.
Our workrooms are well stocked with specialist tools and equipment for creating fashion garments, art and sculpture. You can book photo shoots within our main studio which features a cyc, full lighting kit and backdrops, or in one of two smaller studios.
If you think you may require modifications in order to undertake the practical components of a particular course of study, we encourage you to discuss these with us so we can give them careful consideration.
As it may take time to consider and implement any modifications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as early as possible prior to the course starting. We’ll also need to check that there’s no risk of harm to you or anyone else before making a final decision.
Throughout this process we’ll communicate with you in a clear and timely manner.
Related programmes & courses
New Zealand Certificate in Creativity
Gain foundation skills for employment or further studies in creative environments.
New Zealand Certificate in Fashion
Deliver on your design aspirations and learn the conceptual and construction skills needed to meet fashion industry expectations.
New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design
Learn how to use digital technology to express your creativity.
Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)
Hone your creative talents to become a versatile design professional.
Bachelor of Design (Fashion Technology and Design)
Establish a name for yourself in the fashion industry by combining your flair, creativity and passion with professional expertise and technical skills
Bachelor of Design (Applied Visual Art)
Prepare yourself for independent art practice in a studio environment.
Bachelor of Design (Motion Design)
Channel your imagination and creativity towards a career in the dynamic field of motion design.
Bachelor of Design (Lens-Based Media)
Gain the creative and technical skills needed to work as a professional photographer or videographer.
Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Practice
Take your professional creative career to a new level.
Master of Creative Practice
Gain a qualification that recognises you as a leader in creative practice.