Aspiring artists and writers invited to NorthTec

24 September 2020

Aspiring artists and writers invited to NorthTec

Budding artists and aspiring authors are invited to attend a Creative Open Day at NorthTec, to find out about study programmes available in 2021.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 30 September, from 12 to 3pm, at the Geoff Wilson Gallery on the Raumanga campus.

Academic staff from the Applied Arts, Toi Te Wai-ngārahu (Māori Arts) and Creative Writing programme areas will be available to discuss study options on offer on 2021.

Staff will also give tours of the gallery and the Toi Te Pito arts precinct. Visitors can tour the arts studios, Māori arts studio, screen-printing areas, the Mac lab for digital arts, the sculpture space and the photographic dark room.

NorthTec offers a Level 4 Certificate in Arts and Design and a Bachelor of Applied Arts, as well as a Maunga Kura Toi – Bachelor of Māori Art. The Applied Arts degree offers two majors – visual and digital arts. The Maunga Kura Toi offers three strands: whakairo (carving), rāranga (weaving) or rauangi (visual arts).

There are three courses in creative writing, all taught fully online. Students can choose from the Level 5 Diploma in Writing for Creative Industries, the Level 6 Diploma in Creative Writing and the Level 7 Diploma in Advanced Applied Writing.

Dale Harding, Pathway Manager, Creative, said: “Anyone who is interested in studying the arts, including Māori arts and creative writing, is welcome to attend. We will be able to answer any questions potential students may have, and visitors will be able to see our studios and facilities.”

The Geoff Wilson Gallery will be hosting the annual Top Art exhibition – a selection of the  best NCEA Level 3 portfolios that achieved Excellence in Visual Art in the previous year. The exhibition opens today and runs until 2 October.

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