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For the people who will harness the power of language

Utilise your imagination, resourcefulness and intellectual creativity to challenge the status quo.

Why study Arts?

Our graduates are in demand for their flexible skills, practical outlook and depth of understanding they bring to their roles. 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.

Through your study you will develop sector-specific analytical abilities and research experience, well-honed written and verbal communication skills, and a broad perspective on the world and its various cultures.

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Explore a wide range of programmes

Our students can work alongside top-rated teachers and internationally respected scholars, across 10 majors:

Choose from a variety of degrees

The School of Arts offers 5 degree programmes:

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Communication

Bachelor of Design

Wield words with power

English at Waikato ranks in the top 200 in the world (QS Rankings 2021)

English at Waikato prepares you for what employers want - a trained mind and the ability to solve problems with words. It will develop your critical thinking skills and appreciation for English, as well as train you to be a creative problem solver in your future career.

Why study with us?

Personalised career development support to help you take the next step.

Get extra support with our broad range of scholarships

Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber

Specialist teaching facilities, including the acclaimed Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber.

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Adapt to the changing world

Looking to up-skill or need a change of direction?  Explore our wide range of study options.

Undergraduate options
Postgraduate options
Certificates & diplomas


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