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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.

There's a range of programmes to feed your creativity and develop your talent including Art and DesignFashion Technology and Design and Photography.

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 disability@ara.ac.nz 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.