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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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Certificate of Contemporary Music Performance

Take your musical talent to the next level learning about all styles of music. You’ll develop an understanding of music theory, recording techniques, and hone your live performance skills. Then, you’ll put it all in to practice as you take your new band on the road.

The Certificate in Contemporary Music will introduce you to a wide range of music styles including reggae, jazz, hiphop, RnB, rock and pop. You’ll get together with fellow students to form bands, write new music and then hit the on road as performing at local venues and events.

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Hayden Maunsell , Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

EIT ideaschool student Hayden Maunsell has won the supreme award in this year’s ECC Student Craft/Design Awards by seducing the judges with an “exquisitely crafted” table lamp.Entitled Dark, Hayden’s design outshone a record 100 entries in the nationwide competition.  Together with the work of the two runners-up, it is now being exhibited at The Dowse gallery in Lower Hutt.In the final year of a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at the Eastern Institute of Technology In Hawke’s Bay, Hayden was flown to Wellington for Friday’s prize-giving (16 August), where he was enthusiastically supported by family, friends and EIT staff.  Head of School Suzette Major says everyone in ideaschool is on cloud nine.

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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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