We're ranked among the top art and design schools in the world, making AUT the best place to develop the skills and mind-set you need to sharpen your creative voice. Our art and design programmes offer a balance of originality, creativity and design thinking, and conceptual development. You'll study in an innovative environment where shared spaces and advanced labs will fuel you creativity.
With three universities in the 2015 top 100 QS World University Rankings for art and design, the New Zealand education system gives you a head start in the competitive, fast-paced design world. Whether you're studying fashion design, graphic design, industrial design or a related discipline, you'll be encouraged to think new, be innovative and challenge conventional design practice. You'll broaden your horizons with internships, competitions and exhibitions, and take a hands-on approach to using materials, processes and technologies.
Expect to work hard and play hard when you study fashion or design in New Zealand. You'll be welcomed into the high-achieving, tight-knit design communities that contribute to our internationally-successful design sector. In your downtime, discover the amazing natural environment of one of the world's most peaceful and least corrupt countries. New Zealand's wilderness is a spectacular adventure playground, and our lively, dynamic cities are buzzing with energy and creativity. You'll have freedom to create, and freedom to explore.
Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you're studying abroad. Student visa holders may be able to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during scheduled holidays, depending on their programme of study. Masters by research or PhD students may work full-time throughout their studies. You can study up to three consecutive programmes over five years on a single Pathway Student Visa.
Studying fashion or design in New Zealand gives you the internationally-recognised qualifications, real-world experience and industry-specific skills you'll need to forge your career in the design sector. You'll study in small groups with expert leaders to gain practical experience of teamwork and meeting deadlines. Showcasing your work in shows, exhibitions and displays will help you build networks with design industry leaders. Gain the capability skills that will give you a head start in the jobs market, including English language proficiency, punctuality, self-confidence, presentation skills, problem-solving, leadership and communication.