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Opportunity is everything. Upsmarts brings some of the leading creative educational and upskilling courses direct to you.


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Why Does Art and Design Matter?

Simply put, the role of artists and designers is to make the world a better place, writes Dr Andrew Withell, Head of Art and Design at AUT.


Design Your Own Design Degree

An evolving industry needs an evolving degree. Find out how Massey University’s Bachelor of Design’s new Integrated Design major is a game-changer.


Building New Worlds

Learning how to not just create but to physically build and design performance settings is bringing filmmakers from around the globe to Toi Whakaari.


Knowledge is in Your Hands

Theory has its place - but Unitec’s Art and Design in the School of Creative Industries keeps the practical at the heart of its practice.


Creating Agents of Change

Expanding the diversity and depth of postgraduate art education is fuelling some crucial changes at Elam’s School of Fine Arts.

Getting a Foothold in Film

The world is watching New Zealand’s film industry with envy. Here’s your opportunity to be part of the innovation with SAE.

Transform Your Creative Practice

Embed yourself in a rich dialogue about your creative practice in Massey’s transdisciplinary Master of Fine Arts programme.

Design Through a Pasifika Lens

Using his Samoan heritage, one recent AUT graduate has found his drive to make the intangible come to life.

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The Big Idea Editor

9 Jul 2020

The Big Idea Editor

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Reviving the premise of the PACE scheme is creating brand new horizons for Aotearoa's creatives. We speak with those who have tread the path before to see the difference it makes.
To recognise International Women's Day, we tap into the thoughts of some of the most prominent wahine toa involved in the arts.