Quick reference guide for new students

Welcome to the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries, a respected centre of learning and professional expertise in the creative arts built environment. Here you will interact with nationally and internationally recognised academics, artists, musicians and professional practitioners, as well as fellow students across the disciplines of architecture, dance studies, fine arts, music, urban design and urban planning. We offer an exciting and stimulating environment for study and recreation, both on campus and in Auckland city. We hope you will enjoy your years as a student here, and graduate with the knowledge and skills you will need for a successful future in the creative sector.

Below are some useful links to help you settle in to life in our faculty. For information specific to your school or programme, please refer to the relevant School administration office or the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre

Key dates for the academic year

Semester start and finish, study breaks, public holidays, special events and exam dates for the current academic year:
Important dates

Study essentials

To help you settle into your studies, the University offers a range of excellent student services, including access to course planning advice, academic skills programmes and specialist career guidance.
Student support at the Faculty of Creative Arts and Industries


New undergraduates

Before you start

Learn how to enrol in classes, view your timetables, update your details and more; and find out about the University's academic policies and procedures.

Grade descriptors

Grade descriptions and percentage values are listed in the document below. Course aims, learning outcomes and assessment criteria are course specific – for more information, please refer to the relevant Course Outline on CANVAS.

Grade descriptors
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Graduate Profiles

You can download the complete document outlining the development of the embedded graduate profile for qualifications offered at our faculty by clicking the link below:

Graduate Profiles
(822.0 kB, PDF)

You can view and download graduate profiles relevant to your School below:

School of Architecture and Planning

Elam School of Fine Arts

School of Music

Dance Studies Programme



New postgraduates

Before you start

Please contact the relevant postgraduate adviser to discuss degree planning prior to starting the enrolment process, and familiarise yourself with the University's policies and procedures.

Help and advice

For academic and personal support during your studies, the friendly staff at the Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre are a great first point of contact. 

Personal support

Access personal support services such as counselling, financial advice and spiritual guidance, and get involved in student life at the links below.

International study opportunities

The University's international exchange programme, 360º Auckland Abroad, gives you the opportunity to spend a semester or a year of your programme at one of more than 90 universities in 25 different countries.
About 360º Auckland Abroad

Scholarships, awards and prizes

A wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards are offered by both the faculty and the University as a whole. For both undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, find out more at the University Scholarships page.

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