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Visual Arts and Design at Whitireia features traditional and digital streams of art and design, and incorporates jewellery, textiles, printmaking, motion graphics, 3D and graphic design.

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Toi Poutama)

    Engage in the traditional Māori arts of raranga or whakairo. [Partnership delivery through Te Wānanga Māori and the Faculty of Arts] LEVEL 7

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Arts Management)

    Research the business practice, and legal and ethical requirements involved in arts management. LEVEL 7

  • New Zealand Certificate in Creativity (Level 4)

    Develop a sound base of creative skills and knowledge and prepare for entry level work in the creative sector and for further study at Level 5 and above in the field of creativity.

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts (Visual Arts and Design)

    Gain professional skills in paint, print making, jewellery, textiles, sculpture, carving, photography, graphic design, animation and other art forms. Create a major body of work in your final year. LEVEL 7

  • Diploma in Jewellery Design

    Focus on design process and techniques of jewellery making in this programme. Develop your ideas about body adornment. LEVEL 5

  • Diploma in Digital Design

    Learn about publication design, digital photography, illustration, package design, motion graphics, 3D modelling and animation! Get a solid foundation in drawing and design process. LEVEL 5

  • Diploma in Digital Design and Multimedia

    Develop your abilities in design to produce a professional portfolio specialising in print, web or motion. Publication design, digital illustration, branding and identity, web interactive design and 3D modelling animation, graphic design options. LEVEL 6

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Arts

    Undertake specialised study and practice that extends your prior degree work, or explore a new direction of activity or different media through project work. LEVEL 7

  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Arts

    Undertake specialised study and practice that extends your prior degree work, or explore a new direction of activity or different media. A major project is involved to develop a body of work. Level 7

  • New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 5)

    Develop knowledge and skills for a career in photography. Gain a good understanding of the techniques of image production in a range of genres, and develop your creativity. [Offered in partnership with The Photo School]. LEVEL 5


2015 Exhibition Season

Exhibition season has begun for our Whitireia Visual Arts and Design students, with shows being held around the Greater Wellington region. Exhibition details are as follows:
Tales Untold - Nik Hanton (Jewellery)
Visual Culture, 108 Oriental Parade, Wellington; Opening - Friday 26 JuneOpen to public - Saturday 27 June-Wednesday 1 July.​​

Legacy/Whakareretanga - JoAnna Mere (Jewellery)
Mahara Gallery, 20 Mahara Place, Waikanae; Opening - Saturday 18 July 5.00pm-7.00pm; Open to public - Sunday 19 July-Sunday 23 August, Tues-Sat 10.00am-4.00pm, Sun 1.00pm-4.00pm.​

Product of New Zealand? - Leala Faleseuga (Photography)
Seventeen Tory Street, 17 Tory Street, Wellington; Opening - Friday 24 July 7.00pm; Open to public - Saturday 25 July 10.00am-1.00pm, Sunday 26 July 10.00am-5.00pm.

.alterity - Tash Helasdottir-Cole (Photography)
Seventeen Tory Street, 17 Tory Street, Wellington; Opening - Tuesday 28 July 5.30pm; Open to public - Wednesday 29 July-Thursday 30 July 1.00pm-5.00pm.

Laissez-faire - Dionne Ward (Photography)
Paste-up Exhibition in Lower Hutt and Wellington, 29 July-12 August​

FOUR THIRDS - Lisa Smith, Trudie Campbell, Zoe Lockie and Lisa Knuvers (Photography)
Canon showrooms, cnr Hunter and Victoria Streets, Wellington; Opening - Friday 31 July 6.00pm-8.30pm; Open to public - Saturday 1 August 11.00am-6.00pm.
Thin Ice - Samantha Hamilton (Photography)
Seventeen Tory Street, 17 Tory Street, Wellington; Opening - Sunday 2 August 5.30pm-9.00pm; Open to public - Monday 3 August-Tuesday 4 August 10.30m-4.00pm.

Maelstrom: Fighting for Peace - Yvonne de Mille (Textiles)
National Library Gallery, cnr Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington; Opening - Monday 3 August 6.30pm-; Open to public - Tuesday 4 August-Sunday 4 October.

Material Juxta - Phillipa Gee (Jewellery)
QUOIL Gallery, 149 Willis Street, Wellington; Opening - Friday 7 August 5.30pm; Open to public - Friday 7 August-Thursday 3 September.


2013 Exhibition Season

It's exhibition time for students and graduates of the Visual Arts & Design programme at Whitireia. Three exhibitions are taking place in November/ December; take some time and go and check one or all of these exhibitions out. Exhibition details are as follows:
TOAST - a Visual Arts & Design graduate exhibition, on at Pataka Art + Museum, Bottle Creek Gallery, Corner Parumoana and Norrie Streets, Porirua; 22 November - 15 December, Monday - Saturday 10am - 4.30pm and Sunday 11am - 4.30pm.
Works from 29 Whitireia Visual Arts & Design graduates will be showcased in this exhibition with the following media be showcased: photography, graphic design, animation design, jewellery, drawing and painting.
THE VAT - Visual Arts undergraduate exhibition is on at the Thistle Hall Gallery, 293 Upper Cuba Street, Wellington City; 12-17 November, Tuesday- Friday 10.30am- 6pm, Saturday 10.30am- 5pm and Sunday 11am-3pm.
This exhibition is curated by Mary-Jane Duffy and displays works across a range of media including jewellery, painting, printmaking, textiles and sculpture. It is a celebration and culmination of the creative developments from first and second year Visual Arts students at Whitireia.
M.V. SUBTERRANEAN UNIVERSE - Contemporary Jewellery by Moniek Schrijer, is on at Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith Street, Te Aro, Wellington; 15 November - 7 December, Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm.
Moniek Schrijer’s M.V. Subterranean Universe pushes jewellery into an intoxicating new realm. Her practice has a strong focus on experimentation and process, intuitively transforming materials and carefully selected remnants from contemporary culture into bold, unique, masterfully crafted work. This exhibition is the culmination of Moniek's 2013 artist in residence at Toi Pōneke supported by Whitireia. It features a new element to her practice where she has combined jewellery with traditional print-making by printing etched metal and carved wood before it is further composed into adornment.

Toast: 2012 Undergraduate Exhibition

Whitireia is proud to present Toast, the annual undergraduate exhibition of contemporary Visual Art and Design.

Toast is an exciting exhibition showcasing works from emerging New Zealand and international artists and is the culmination of a successful year of on-going creative developments at Whitireia. The exhibition will showcase a range of media including; Jewellery, Textiles, Painting, Print-making, Graphic Design and Sculpture.

Whitireia Art and Design students invite the public to celebrate their diverse range of original works. The exhibition will open at Trio Gallery, Level 1, Whitireia Media Training Centre, 15 Dixon Street, Wellington City on Friday 16 November 2012 and will run until Thursday 29 November 2012. 
The gallery will be open Monday to Friday only. Entry is free. Any of the works on display will be for available for purchase at the gallery.



Kete: Contemporary Craft & Design Fair.

Kete is a three day craft and design fair & symposium featuring 14 leading galleries and practitioners exhibiting jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles and furniture. It is accompanied by a series of lectures and floor talks from leading designers, curators and writers. Kete is a unique event, celebrating the current state of craft and design practice with the participation of: Anna Miles Gallery, Bowen Galleries, Chambers241, David Trubridge, Designtree, Dilana Rugs, F3 Design, Textile Design Massey School of Design, Masterworks Gallery, The National, Toi Maori Aotearoa, Vessel, Whitespace Gallery, Whitireia NZ Visual Arts & Design.

Images of Whitireia work from Kete are available in the Visual Arts and Jewellery image galleries and as a PDF file (2MB) 


Taboo & Speak 2 

Whitireia jewellery students are showcasing their latest creations and launching the 2011/2012 jewellery catalogue.
Opening: Tuesday 17th April, 6PM, Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba Street
Opening hours: 17th-22nd April ~ 10am-6pm







Driven: Whitireia Visual Arts Exhibition 2010


Your are invited to the end of year exhibtion from the students of Whitireia's Visual Arts and Design programme.

Running from 19 November 2010 - 8 January 2011
Opening: 19 November - 5:30 pm

Pataka Museum of Arts & Cultures

Cnr Norrie and Parumoana St, Porirua (04) 237 1511

Whitireia Student Contemporary Jewellery Auction


The Annual 2010 Whitireia Student Contemporary Jewellery Auction will be held at Mighty Mighty with National Radio Presenter Kim Hill controlling the hammer as auctioneer. Donated contemporary jewellery is being sent from all over New Zealand for the event including pieces from contemporary jewellery practitioners  Peter Deckers, Matthew McIntyre Wilson and Owen Mapp.  Progressive new wave pieces will go home with the highest bidder on the night, the money raised will go towards the printing of the students 2010 catalogue. The event is an amazing opportunity to walk away with an original piece from established names in contemporary jewellery and emerging artists.

Proceeds will go to the printing costs of the 2010 Jewellery Catalogue, called ‘The Complete Question Mark’

Enjoy entertainment and flowing drinks as the doors open from 5pm where you can view the work. Kim Hill will begin the auction proceedings 6.30pm sharp.

Event: Whitireia Student Contemporary Jewellery Auction
Presenter/Auctioneer: Kim Hill
Date: November 18th 2010
Time: 6pm till 8pm (Auction begins 6.30pm sharp)
Venue: Viewing of work on display at Mighty Mighty, 104 Cuba St, Wellington

View work at the Jewels of Whitireia website.


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