AUT (Auckland University of Technology) came into existence as a university in 2000 with a history of over 100 years of providing vocational and professional education in a variety of institutional guises. In 2010 the institution celebrated its first decade as a university. During that period the University continued to grow and evolve, notably in relation to its research and student profile, while retaining some of its core values, specifically that of being connected to business, industry and other communities and providing educational opportunity for a diverse range of students. The mission of the University is ‘to foster excellence, equity and ethics in learning, teaching, research and scholarship, and in so doing serve our regional, national and international communities’. This statement continues to provide the framework for the evolving university, and the five yearly cycle of strategic plans that represents the changing institution, its goals, objectives and achievements. These encapsulate the University’s view of itself in the context of its community, New Zealand society, and the international environment. The University has a reputation for providing contemporary, relevant, professionally-oriented education and qualifications that reflect the needs of the country. The University places an emphasis on providing education that leads directly to employment, in fields such as healthcare, design and technology, law and business, environmental and sports sciences, and the broad range of social and human sciences. The University’s graduates are therefore in high demand from employers, even in a difficult economic climate. The University’s rapidly growing research programme has enriched this core philosophy and directly informs the curriculum. As a faculty of Design and Creative Technologies we fully support and carry out the mission statement of AUT as is reflected through our degrees and research.
The faculty through its schools has a divers and active international portfolio. MoU’s have been set up with different universities and some schools even run programs at overseas universities such as in Vietnam. The School of Art and Design in particular was commissioned by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission to develop a Bachelor of Design program for The Ministry of Higher Education of Oman. This Bachelor consisted of three majors: Graphic Design, Digital Design and Spatial Design, and is now taught through universities in Oman since 2011. Currently the faculty (the School of Art and Design) is developing an MoU with Korea for students to finish their degree at AUT in the area of animation and moving image. The faculty also offers online courses such as the Master of Art and Design. Through research projects a lot staff engage on an international level such as through successful Fulbright Scholar programs, EU funded projects and staff specific international collaborations. The faculty represents the university in the NZ EU academic network as well.
The University positions itself as ‘the university for the changing world’ and has acquired a reputation for its partnerships with the professions, business and industry in ensuring that programmes are relevant and demonstrate leading practice in new approaches and technologies. The faculty itself and the schools also engage with professional bodies to determine the needs of employers and collaborates with them in programme development and capability building. They have a history of working in partnership with the professions and industries served by its programmes. These relationships include professional body accreditation, advisory input, consultation and participation in approval and review of programmes and subject areas, research collaboration, and opportunities for students to apply their learning in a professional context. The faculty houses a well known and very active university gallery called St Pauls. This gallery offers quality assured exhibitions from both national (regional) and international guests. It also plays a profound role in Auckland Art Gallery scene as it supports residencies for international artists (a.o.). The school of Art and Design hosts a yearly festival RAW to exhibit final year students as well as staff projects. One of the research clusters in the faculty CoLab is a good example of this. Colab is an interdisciplinary creative technology centre which aims to facilitate and promote creative practices, research and development, knowledge sharing, innovation and collaboration. It brings together arts organizations, practitioners, educational institutions, commercial enterprises, technology developers, industry bodies and communities. It supports the development and public dissemination of hybrid ideas, research and creative practices through convergence technologies, innovative formats, modes and networks. Colab is both a community of enquiry and a physical meeting-ground for creative practitioners, technologists, innovators and trans-disciplinary educators. CoLab projects include collaborations with Auckland Art Gallery but also World Rugby Cup 2011.
The degrees listed here all include elements of art and design in their programs. Most programs support interdisciplinary approaches to the different subject areas, ie. installation art is being offered through Visual Arts (also painting, sculpting and photography) as well as in Spatial Design. Interface design and Interactivity is being offered through graphic design, digital design, computer programming, creative technologies and communication studies. Offering these through multiple programs support the faculty’s mission of enabling interdisciplinary education and research. All the programs listed offer both practice based research as well as theoretical based research, which is also reflected through the Master and Doctorate levels. AUT strongly values communities by reaching out through education and research to a variety of communities such as Maori, Pasifika (a.o.) as well as the industry. The schools in the faculty all integrate entrepreneurship in their curriculum such as the business in design major or the professional postgraduate qualifications. On top of that one of the University’s five strategic themes is ‘to provide excellent education that inspires students to reach their full potential’. This is supported by five objectives, namely to: • ensure that graduates are knowledgeable, sought after, and inspirational; • enhance curriculum flexibility and increase student choice; • build and broaden discipline strengths; • encourage students to be successful in higher education programmes; and, • ensure that the learning experience is of the highest quality.
faculties and departments
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies is one of the faculties of AUT. Other faculties are: Faculty of Applied Humanities, Faculty of Business and Law, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Te Ara Poutama. The applying unit, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, consists of 4 schools and 1 unit, which are the School of Art and Design, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Engineering, the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Unit. In particular the School of Art and Design, the School of Communication Studies and the Interdisciplinary Unit offer art and design related programs and research. The program listed in the following sections are offered by these three particular schools/units. The figures in section 4 are all enrolled and graduating students in the faculty.
bachelor level programs
Bachelor of Design (majors: Graphic, Fashion and Textiles, Product, Spatial and Digital) Bachelor of Visual Arts Bachelor of Communication Studies (majors: Advertising Creativity, Creative Industries, Digital Media, Journalism, Professional Communication, Public Relations, Radio, Television) Bachelor of Creative Technologies (subject areas: Animation & Moving Image, Simulated, Immersive & Interactive Environments, Smart Systems, Emerging Practices) These Bachelors are also offered as Bachelor’s degrees with Honours, as well as through Post Graduate diplomas. Duration: Bachelor: 3 years Bachelor with Honours: 4 years
master level programs
Master of Art and Design - thesis year Master of Art Management (professional master) Master of Design (professional master) Master of Communication Studies - thesis and additional courses Master of Creative Technologies - thesis year Master of Performance and Media Arts - thesis year Master of Philosophy Duration: minimum of 1 year
research activity and main areas
In the ten years since attaining university status, the University has established a reputation for providing applied, interdisciplinary and professional research, focused on meeting social and economic needs. This development is underpinned by the current Strategic Plan, which details the University’s priorities for both staff and student research and the interdependence of research, postgraduate supervision, community engagement and research-led teaching and learning. The faculty has several research centres, in particular of interest are Textiles and Design Lab; Design Research Network,; Nga Wai (Maori Research Cluster); Between Art & Architecture; Pacific Media Centre; Journalism, Media & Democracy; The Oceania Group for Social Media; CoLab and the Centre for Rapid Prototyping. Each school and unit also has an active research community consisting of individual and cluster research. Most of the research is of an interdisciplinary nature, either collaborations between different subject areas, between industry, academia and/or communities.
doctorate level programs
PhD - thesis research Duration: minimum of 3 years full time, 6 years part time DDes: Doctorate of Design - thesis research and courses Duration: minimum of 3 years full time, 6 years part time
subject areas for exchange students
All subject areas
Latest deadlines for application is 2 weeks before semester starts: either beginning of February (semester 1) or end of June (semester 2). However we recommend application to be submitted in December for semester 1 and May for semester 2.
All subjects are taught in English
Semester 1: End of February to end of June Semester 2: Mid July to beginning of November
cost of living per month (studying and living)
24,000 NZD for full study 10,000 NZD for living costs