Let your imagination run wild at EIT’s ideaschool. Our industry-experienced lecturers and purpose-built facilities will set you up for a career in visual arts and design, fashion, music or screen production.

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Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

Creativity lies at the heart of almost everything we do. And, in a fast-paced, forever-changing world, some of the key skills you’ll need to thrive and survive are creativity, flexibility and adaptability. Enter the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design.

A project-based learning approach will place you at the centre of the learning experience throughout the delivery of this three-year programme. By engaging in a series of in-house and real-life projects, you’ll utilise various media including print, paint, sculpture, graphic design and 3D design to develop the skills needed for a career in the ever-growing creative industries.

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Susan Mabin

Susan Mabin, Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design Student

Magpie finds conjure up domestic disharmony in works exhibited by David Fine Memorial Scholarship winner Susan Mabin at the Hastings Community Arts Centre.

A Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design student, Susan is focused mainly on sculpture in this final year of her EIT ideaschool degree.  The theme for her Unhinged exhibition, running from 4-16 August, is a disquieting exploration of the psychological and emotional aftermath when communications go awry within the domestic setting.

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Dr Bridget Sutherland

My research involves an interdisciplinary approach to the arts, with a special interest in the relation of image, text and music. I have directed a documentary on the musician David Kilgour called ‘Far Off Town: Dunedin to Nashville’, co-produced with Paul Judge and another on the artist Anish Kapoor titled ‘Anish Kapoor: Infinity on Trial’. This film documented the construction of a large sculpture by Kapoor and features an original sound track by David Kilgour. 'Infinity on Trial' screened recently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia in conjunction with Kapoor’s retrospective and can be viewed on Kapoor’s website

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Film your Dreams

EIT's purpose-built Screen Production Centre is centred around two large studios and includes three editing suites, TV editing stations and a small sound studio.  A surround sound theatre doubles as a screen/classroom.

Dedicated solely to students, the John Harré Screen and Electronic Media centre is deemed to be one of the best-equipped screen production teaching facilities in a NZ tertiary institution.

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Passion for Fashion 

Sew up your career and study in style at EIT

EIT offers various fashion programmes that will give you the skills and knowledge to enter the fashion industry.

Learn everything from designing clothes and pattern-making to creating your own fashion label.

Students design and create their own garments, learn about production for fashion shows and gain the skills to establish their own business within the fashion industries.

Certificate in Fashion Apparel students are involved in organising/planning and modelling in EIT’s annual Fashion Show.

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