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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Outstanding achievement for emerging UC artists

3 June 2015 Three University of Canterbury Ilam School of Fine Arts students have been recognised at this year's New Zealand Art Show's Emerging Artist Awards. (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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‘UC offers a superb environment for students...’

Bianca Scrimgeour Studying towards a BA and a BFA
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Curating under Pressure: A symposium on the ethics of curating

Christchurch, New Zealand, 5th to 8th November 2015.
The topic of the conference will be the ethics of curating, discussed in the context of Christchurch...

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Melissa Macleod | Student Series #2 - 2015: Ark

‘Ark’ is an exploratory opportunity where sculptural and performative components will change and evolve over the project duration...

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Greta Van Oyen | Deep Cleanse

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The Press | Review

10 art galleries to check out in Christchurch...

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