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Faculty of Creative Arts & Industries

Auckland , New Zealand Full Member Institution

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Mission Statement

Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries is committed to:

  • being a national centre of excellence and innovation in contemporary creative arts and industries research
  • advancing excellence in education and practice in each of the disciplines represented
  • developing synergies that are inspired by and respond to the unique cultural heritage, people, environment and international positioning of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

International Role

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland is ranked 12th in Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2023. It is also top 100 in QS World University Rankings 2024, placed 68th in the world, the only New Zealand university in the top 100.

The Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries (CAI) has strong connections with other universities and employers, as well as creative, professional, government and business organisations throughout New Zealand and the world.

CAI is an active member of the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA), the largest international organisation of multidisciplinary creative arts/industries educational institutes, with around 315 member organisations worldwide.

We also have relationships with the Glasgow School of Art and Architecture, and the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne, as well as the various professional bodies associated with our disciplines.

National Role

Individual schools and programmes in the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries build local, national and international presence through innovative collaborations and partnerships. These are described in detail on our Creative and Community Partnerships website page.

Main Focus

The Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries’ teaching and research programmes span Architecture, Dance Studies, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Urban Design and Urban Planning. Staff and students in the faculty work across the collaborative environment of the university as a whole and as part of a flourishing transdisciplinary culture. The University’s creative centre, our faculty promotes artistic and professional innovation and collaboration.

Faculties and Departments

  • Design Programme
  • Dance Studies Programme
  • Elam School of Fine Arts
  • School of Architecture and Planning
  • School of Music

Bachelor Level Programs

Master Level Programs

Research Activity and Main Areas

Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries promotes artistic and professional innovation and collaboration across a range research areas:

Doctorate Level Programs

Subject Areas for Exchange Students

There are various exchange offerings across the various programmes in CAI, please visit the University's Study Abroad and Exchange website for more information.

Application Deadlines


Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

Semester 1: 26 February – 24 June
Semester 2: 15 July – 11 November

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

In addition to your fees for study, you will need between NZ$20,000 and NZ$25,000 per year (NZ$380–480 per week) for basic costs. Up-to-date information can be found on the Cost of living in Auckland website.


Bachelor: 1500
Master: 800
Doctorate: 24

Exchange Students

Incoming: 2
Outgoing: 37
Others: 82

Teaching Staff

Professors: 28
Lectures: 91

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