For the people who want to stand out and fit in

For the people who want to stand out and fit in

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

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

The School of Arts 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 well-being, 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.

Wield words with power

If you’re fascinated by the history and creative activities of humankind and how this shapes societies and our future, then studying in the School of Arts is for you.

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Bachelor of Music

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

Why study with us?

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

Get extra support with our broad range of scholarships

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

Study a Bachelor of Arts

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.


Sociology student creating meaningful experiences for disabled youth

Emma Dalton found the perfect part-time job to work around her studies at the University of Waikato. The role of programme coordinator for the Bay of Plenty branch of Recreate NZ, a provider of social and recreational services to the disability community, was also a good fit for the sociology student’s goal to make a difference in the lives of others.

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First prize for aspiring young writer

Master of Professional Writing student, Heidi Rogers, has claimed first prize in this year’s Peter Wells Short Fiction Contest.

Rogers won the competition for her piece Finding Our Way Around Violets– a story about a couple who is aware of their neighbour being abused, and the struggle of not knowing what they may have come across.

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Caring for 300,000 temporary migrants in New Zealand is a crucial missing link in our coronavirus response

More than one-in-16 people in New Zealand today – or more than 300,000 in total – is a migrant without residence status, living here on a temporary work, student or family visa.

Many of those migrants fill key roles that will help us through this COVID-19 pandemic. Care workers, nurses, doctors, truck drivers, farm workers and fruit pickers are just a few examples.

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University lecturer receives Ordre des Palmes académiques from French government

Senior lecturer in French at the University of Waikato, William Jennings, has been made a knight of the Ordre des Palmes académiques, a national order bestowed by the French government to around 100 distinguished academics each year.

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