Art and photography

Mahi Toi a Whaka ahua

Ranked in the QS Top 100 art and design schools in the world.


Researchers in art and photography undertake a dynamic and compelling range of research activities. Projects by faculty and postgraduate students lead to exhibitions, publications, moving image works, critical writing and many other creative outputs that engage national and international audiences. The university harnesses these creative energies to address important social, cultural, environmental and political issues, and other critical and contemporary matters.


Careers in art and photography

With a degree in fine arts or photography you’ll graduate as an inventive, resilient thinker and maker, ready to make an impact on the world through your creative endeavour - as a practicing artist; in your own business; or working with others across a broad spectrum of creative fields.

Many of our graduates become artists with global reputations, but can also be found in jobs that include: contemporary artist, sculptor, painter, photographer, photojournalist, performance artist, conceptual artist, artist-in-residence, curator, research & curatorial assistant, art writer, museum & art gallery educator, gallery assistant, gallery public programmer, gallery publicist, art teacher, historian, archivist, videographer, film director, scriptwriter, illustrator, editor, stylist, publisher, art therapist, filmmaker, film industry model maker, art retailer, artist studio manager, writer-in-residence, art broker, art researcher, and design retailer.

Meet our graduates



Computer labs and video editing suite

Students have ready access to computer labs where they can use the latest software to scan film, edit video, audio and photography, and create 3D models. The College also has a state-of-the-art audio and video postproduction suite with all the gear needed for students to create very high quality media.

Darkrooms and Printmaking studio

Students have access to black and white darkrooms for film processing and black and white printing. There are also darkrooms available for alternative processes such as cyanotype and salt printmaking. The printmaking studio includes a laser cutter, vinyl cutter, metal and wooden type, cylinder and platen presses, as well as screen printing equipment.

Gallery spaces

Students studying fine arts, Māori visual arts and photography have access to gallery spaces where they can exhibit or test their work.

Studio spaces

Students studying fine art are offered shared working spaces and studios that can accommodate their specific art-making needs.


Students can access a number of workshops on campus, alongside technical staff who will introduce them to the equipment and assist them if required. Equipment in the fine arts workshop includes a range of wood and metal working machinery, hand tools, a spray booth and casting area.

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