Creative Expression and Digital Media:  National Expedition

CE&DM National Expedition map 2018.jpg Theatre, Scriptwriting, Creative Writing, Publishing, Media Studies, and Digital Media Production Majors

10 – 22 JUNE, 2019  (15 Massey Credits)

You’ve heard of film-maker Peter Jackson, but how many other great creative talents can you name from New Zealand? Our National Expedition will take you beyond the branding of Middle Earth and introduce you to the works of New Zealand’s most exciting contemporary writers, filmmakers, theatre practitioners and digital production companies.

The realities of time and place are crucial influences on creative work. Through an intensive study of key works from seven locales including urban, rural and wilderness areas, you will discover the ways in which contemporary creative expression in Aotearoa/New Zealand reflects and exposes the layered geographies of people, cultures and histories. You will study some of the best examples of creative writing, feature film, documentary, and community theatre and produce original creative work in your preferred media and genre(s) under the guidance of experienced faculty. Along the way, you will meet and be inspired by innovative practitioners working in these art forms. Your tour will include screenings and attendance at rehearsals and performances, as well as comprehensive study materials to guide your journey.

Your study tour begins on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown.  You will explore Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park as you work your way toward the Garden City of Christchurch, where the arts have been essential in rebuilding community spirit and transforming vacant spaces after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

From Christchurch, you will fly to New Zealand’s largest population centre, Auckland.  You will have plenty of time to explore the diversity of a city that is not only the hub of Polynesian performing arts, but also a melting pot of over 200 ethnic groups. From Auckland, the tour will loop south through the geothermal area of Rotorua and the rich dairy country of Matamata.

The tour will follow the Waikato and Whanganui rivers to the volcanic region of the Central Plateau. The theme of “man alone” or “going bush” to escape domestic constraints has shaped New Zealand literature and cinema. You will retrace the steps of our most iconic anti-heroes through the lush bush as well as the rugged moonscape of lava fields.

From there, the tour heads south to the student city of Palmerston North. Through the case study of the threatened Manawatū River, Massey staff will discuss how they integrate awareness of environmental ecology into their creative works. The final stop in Wellington provides you with an immersion into understand the city’s vibrant arts scene.  You will visit Weta Workshop and observe the work of innovative local theatre companies. The tour ends with a creative showcase of your work and a transition to your internship.

CE&DM National Expedition itinerary 2019.pdf (703 KB)

The final itinerary is subject to change.

Academic Assessment

CE&DM beach group.jpg Assessment of the 150 learning hours will be based on a portfolio of creative exercises (30%), a group presentation (35%), and a reflective journal (35%). 

CE&DM National Expedition Academic Guide.pdf (1,622 KB)

Students who successfully complete the National Expedition will be able to:

  1. Use appropriate language and methodology to critically appraise a work of theatre, film, or creative writing.
  2. Work productively in both individual and collaborative situations in order to develop effective project and relationship management skills.
  3. Explore models of contemporary art-making, as embedded in the New Zealand environment.
  4. Demonstrate their understanding of the political, social, and historical forces that influence creative processes.

Globally Recognised Creativity

Massey University's Expressive Arts program offers a unique inter-arts experience. Works created by Massey faculty feature in New Zealand best-seller lists, win international awards, and are screened or performed at arts festivals from Sydney to Edinburgh. Dr. Elspeth Tilley, one of the faculty running this track, won the 2018 Playwrights' Association of New Zealand Outstanding Achievement Award.

Students who have completed Massey's Expressive Arts courses have gone on to win some of New Zealand's top writing prizes and received national media attention for their achievements.

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