Take your creativity to the next level at the Unitec Institute of Technology where you can choose from a suite of programmes offered in Performing and Screen Arts and Design and Contemporary Arts. Based at our Mt Albert campus in Auckland, Unitec’s Creative Industries pathway offers a combination of hands on and theoretical learning. Develop your career in the arts, come and study with us.



Whether it’s on stage or screen, actors tell stories to bring plays, television shows, films, and commercials to life. Study acting at Unitec and you’ll learn how performance and communication can capture your audience’s attention.

Contemporary Dance

Do you dream of being a dancer or choreographing your own performances? Contemporary dancers use their bodies to express ideas and emotions on stage and screen. Study contemporary dance at Unitec.

Graphic Design and Animation

Work in graphic design and you could create artwork to advertise products, or lay out magazines and website. Graphic designers are tasked with creating visuals to communicate ideas and solve a problem. Animators take these same principles and incorporate layers, motion, character design and story.

Interior Design

Balance technical building knowledge with artistic ideas, come here to design spaces of all shapes and sizes.


Learn to compose, perform, edit and produce your own work under the guidance of well-known lecturers and successful musicians.

Unitec Music students perform in their end of Semester showcase

Photography and Media Arts
Learn how to capture moments in time and tell a story through your images.

Product and Furniture Design
Got a product idea up your sleeve? Find out how to take a design from concept to market.

Production Design and Management
Specialise in costume, props, sets or lighting to bring your vision to life on stage or screen. With more than 100 productions each year, you’ll get lots of experience.

Screen Arts
Study film and you’ll work on productions all year round. It’s a taste of what the industry is like and great preparation for a job.

Visual Arts
Study visual arts and work with print, photography, video and animation to develop your own unique style.

Key staff

Dr Vanessa Byrnes (Head of Creative Industries)
Charene Griggs (Academic Leader – Dance)
Samuel Holloway (Academy Leader – Music)
Dr Scott Wilson (Academic Leader – Screen Arts / Critical Practice)
Dr Leon Tan (Academic Leader – Postgraduate)
Daniel Wagner (Academic Leader – Emerging Technologies)
Dr Cris De Groot (Academic Leader – Business & Innovation)
Gina Ferguson (Academic Leader – Undergraduate)
Paul Woodruffe (Academic Leader – Undergraduate)
Richard Fahey (Academic Leader – Undergraduate)
Bobby Hung (Academic Leader – Pre-degree)

Uni Shorts

Unitec Creative Industries runs a successful international student film festival called Uni Shorts which attracts student made short films from around the world. If you are a student filmmaker and would like to enter your film for this year’s festival in October go to click here. Entry is free for secondary school students.


Enquire now:
Call 0800 10 95 10 or click here to enrol online.
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