Facilities and resources

The University of Auckland offers world-class tertiary teaching and learning facilities and resources to ensure you get the most out of your study and research at the University.


Specialist facilities and resources

NICAI’s well-equipped studios, workshops, libraries, galleries and specialist resources are among the best in Australasia. Here you can pursue your research and enhance your creative practice in an inspiring and dynamic environment. Explore your area of interest at the links below.


University Library l Te Tumu Herenga

  • The University of Auckland Library is the largest university library in New Zealand, ranked with the top five university libraries in Australia.
  • The Library contains outstanding specialist reference material for fine arts, architecture and planning, music and dance.
  • Print, multimedia and microtext collections total over two million items, including unique manuscript and archive collections.
  • You can access a vast range of databases, electronic journals, electronic books and electronic course readings.
  • Computers and study spaces are available.
  • You can take courses and tours to help you become a confident user of all library resources.

Visit the Library


Information Commons

  • Here you will discover every opportunity to develop your IT, information literacy, English language and learning skills.
  • You will have access to multi-purpose computers, printers, scanners, photocopiers and wireless networking technology.
  • You can retrieve information from the library databases, e-journals and e-books, access course work through CECIL (the University’s e-learning system), send email, access the Internet, use MS Office and other specialist programmes - all from the same computer.

Learn more about the Information Commons


The School of Graduate Studies

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You'll find the School of Graduate Studies in the Graduate Centre in the East Wing of The ClockTower (22 Princes Street).

We provide information and administrative services to all future and current postgraduate students. Our Postgraduate Advisers can help with masters, doctoral, examination and thesis submission enquiries. You can also access information on guidelines, scholarships and funding.
More information




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Located on Level 4 of the Kate Edger Building, Strata is a dedicated space for postgraduate students and University staff. It has a spacious café with a balcony, a quiet study area, meeting and conference room. The Postgraduate Students Association hosts a number of social events at Strata during the year.
Visit Strata


Student Learning Services (Tā te Ākonga)

Libraries and Learning Services - Student Learning Services runs regular postgraduate skills workshops, and you can also book an individual consultation with a qualified tutor to help you develop effective learning strategies, from time management and study organisation to thesis writing and research proposals.

Te Puni Wānanga and the Fale Pasifika offer individual help and training for Māori and Pacific students.

Visit Student Learning Services website


Computer resources

  • All postgraduate students can access shared computers, software and technical support at NICAI’s computer laboratory.
  • For PhD students, access is provided on the basis of one computer per full-time student, one computer between two part-time students.
  • Named doctoral students have access to shared computers at a student-computer ratio that is appropriate to the requirements of their programme. Doctoral students have access to software and technical support on the same basis as University staff.

Other services

  • All NICAI postgraduate students are automatically allocated a NetAccount for internet access. This allocation is renewed monthly for a modest fee that equates to roughly 100MB of data during peak hours. For more information, see NetAccount Services.
  • Doctoral students have access to a fax machine, a telephone with local line, mail box/pigeon hole and a communal meeting space within the relevant School.

Online teaching resources


Map of Creative Arts and Industries

View a map of the University of Auckland with our faculty’s buildings and facilities highlighted.

Map of Creative Arts and Industries