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Welcome to the School of Arts

Here you will find a diverse range of subjects crucial for future employment. Our arts students graduate with strong skill sets in communication, artistic expression, reasoned argumentation, design thinking and creative problem solving.

Arts shape and influence our everyday lives and the world we live in, so become a creator.

Study with Us

The value and necessity of arts subjects, knowledge and skills is evident by the way our disciplines contribute to qualifications all across the University. You will find arts papers and Majors in Bachelor Degrees in Arts, Climate Change, Communication, Design, Music and Social Sciences. Find out more on how you can incorporate an arts perspective into your studies.

Languages, Literature and Cultures

Performing Arts

Media, Design and Communication


Sargeson Prize winner praises prestigious award ahead of 2023 entries opening

Winning New Zealand’s richest short story competition, the Sargeson Prize, “stitched an egg of possibility” into Leeanne O'Brien that she might make it as a writer.

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Anthony Byrt appointed University of Waikato’s 2023 Writer In Residence

Art critic and writer Anthony Byrt will devote the next 12 months to three major projects after being named the Kaipukahu University of Waikato Writer in Residence for 2023.

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Grammar for everyone

Dr Calude, Senior Linguistics Lecturer at the University and convenor of its linguistics programme, teamed up with renowned author and linguist Emeritus Professor Laurie Bauer from Victoria University of Wellington to write a book that outlines problems (mysteries) and everyday aspects of grammar in a way that’s easily understood.

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Waikato opera programme takes young New Zealand talent to the world stage

Six young singers from across New Zealand will take the stage at the Sydney Opera House for auditions as part of their university degree. The opportunity to take the stage internationally is part of the new, world-class opera programme at Te Pae Kōkako – The Aotearoa New Zealand Opera Studio (TANZOS), established by the University of Waikato.

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Chidgey axes the competition at The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards…again

Catherine Chidgey has been named winner of the Jann Medlicott Acorn Prize for Fiction for the second time with her novel The Axeman’s Carnival at The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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Feeling the burn: poetry for our times

Award-winning poet and University of Waikato senior lecturer Dr Tracey Slaughter has spent the last nine months reviewing more than 1000 poems for this year’s Poetry Aotearoa Yearbook 2023: After-burn.

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Kiwi soldier's letters discovers a war-time love story

A new book by Nathalie Philippe shows how New Zealand played a much more crucial role in the First World War's Battle of the Somme than previously thought.

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