About Te Kura Toi School of Arts

The School of Arts prides itself in its innovation in teaching and research. Study the Arts and you learn how to think creatively – at work and at play. The capacity to think clearly, identify issues of significance and articulate a creative response matters. In all areas of work, employers need people who can engage with the world through intellectual enquiry and creative practice, from stage performance and music, creative writing and multimedia production to linguistics and the languages.


A warm welcome to the School of Arts and disciplines in the Arts and Humanities. Our School provides teaching and research focused on understanding the human condition, the unique ways we experience the world and the different forms of culture manifested from our ingenuity, imagination, resourcefulness and intellectual creativity.

The disciplines that make up the School of Arts are united in their focus on the intrinsic value of the arts (how it enriches lives) and the civilising role of culture in order to prepare our graduates to contribute to the wider and measurable impact of the arts on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education. Our students learn and apply the power of language, literature, screens, music, movement and performance. In doing so, students develop communication skills, creative and design practices that express ideas, develop concepts and promote services.

Professor Gareth Schott
Head of School