School of Fine Arts

The School of Fine Arts was established in 1882 as the Canterbury College School of Art. It is one of the longest established art schools in New Zealand and one of the oldest in the English speaking world. The School of Fine Arts has a substantial reputation both in New Zealand and internationally, for education of students, as well as for the professional profiles of the graduates within this school. The school offers practical studies in sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography, film and design, with students also having access to the full range of courses and other resources offered in the University.

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Christchurch Art Show win for UC student

18 July 2014 UC Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours student Stephanie McEwin is celebrating after recently winning first prize at the inaugural Christchurch Art Show. (read article)

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UC Exhibitions at The University of Canterbury comprises the Ilam campus gallery in The School of Fine Arts (formerly SOFA Gallery in the Christchurch Arts Centre) together with a number of student led exhibition spaces.

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Applying for Fine Arts.

An application form for applying for Fine Arts in 2015 is available on the Admissions page. For further queries please contact the School Office on 03 364-2159 to make an appointment with the First Year Supervisor Stage 1 Studies.

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‘It’s so important to be surrounded by people with different interests...’

Georgia Taggart Studying towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking
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Tatau 1978 - 2005 | Mark Adams

Paulo Sulu’ape was the pre-eminent Samoan tattooist of his generation. Mark Adams met him in 1978 and photographed his practice and mileux, and that of his brothers and cousins, intensively for some years, and subsequently intermittently...

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Emma Wallbanks | Collecting Yourself

Structure, a single object, a small discarded piece meets another. Handmade, found and organic, they mimic each other and a language of difference is created...

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Art School 125

Art School 125 Art School 125 is ongoing research project relating to the history of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Canterbury. Click here for fascinating insights and anecdotes...

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