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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?

Any voice, idea, issue or solution requires a way of communicating that stands out, has impact, can affect people and potentially bring change.

The arts provide practical skills for understanding humans and their worlds and conveying and expressing those insights in innovative and impactful ways. This is your opportunity to develop language, literacy and communication skills in areas such as modern languages, visual literacy, sound design, creative writing, musical and vocal expression or dramatic composition. In doing so, learn to exploit multiple traditional and digital delivery platforms.

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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:

Performing Arts

Creative Media, Design and Communication

Languages, Literature and Culture

Choose from a variety of degrees

Our majors can be taken in the 5 degree programmes in the School of Arts:

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Communication

Bachelor of Design

Explore our facilities

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


New Zealand’s richest short story competition opens from 1 April

Entries have opened for the Sargeson Prize, New Zealand’s richest short-story competition. This year, first prize in the Open Division is $10,000 and chief judge will be Dame Fiona Kidman OBE.

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University of Waikato announces Diana Clarke as 2022 Writer in Residence

A novel exploring the cult-like logic of internet communities alongside organised religious groups such as Gloriavale and Scientology will be the focus of University of Waikato’s new Writer In Residence, Diana Clarke.

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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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Internationally renowned soprano named Chair in Opera at the University of Waikato

Opera singer Madeleine Pierard has been named the inaugural Dame Malvina Major Chair in Opera at the University of Waikato.

The new, philanthropically-funded position has been established as part of plans for growth in Music at the University, and to train singers and develop support as they begin their careers.

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