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Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design

Auckland, New Zealand
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About Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design

Whitecliffe is nestled into the fringe of Auckland’s Central Business District and waterfront. Auckland, a cosmopolitan city of 1.5 million people provides a colourful multicultural environment and offers all the attractions and amenities of a world-class city.

Overlooking Auckland’s beautiful harbour, Whitecliffe students enjoy easy access to cafes, shops and pubs all within a two-minute walk of our campus that includes studios and Gallery at St Georges Bay Road and our main building on Balfour Road.

Whitecliffe has steadily grown in both student numbers and reputation over the 29 years since it was established. Very high completion and retention rates (see TEC report) combined with excellent assessments of quality (see NZQA report), Whitecliffe is recognised as a leading edge private arts and design tertiary institution

Our faculty are practising artists and designers, art educators arts managers and arts therapists – many of them leaders in their field and engaged in significant research in their discipline. They bring with them a wealth of experience which meets the needs of the students in our interdisciplinary approach to education. Teaching and learning is enriched by Auckland’s creative sector that support Whitecliffe with scholarships, prizes of excellence, with offers of student internships around Auckland.

Whitecliffe partnerships with organisations in New Zealand and overseas provide opportunities to students to expand their horizons by offering pathways to further their experiences. Our graduates are recognised as creative thinkers and innovative problem solvers who can adapt to any number of industries and positions. Our philosophy that Art is Life is very much part of a student’s experience at Whitecliffe. I encourage you to come and visit us and see for yourself the creative experiences that Whitecliffe has to offer.

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Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design 

The Pearce Gallery, located at the front of Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design St Georges Bay Road Studios, 130 St Georges Bay Road.

Pearce Gallery was established in 2008 when Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design relocated to Parnell. From 2008 until 2011, Pearce operated as an in-house educational gallery. In 2012, Whitecliffe Fine Arts Lecturer Jill Sorensen took over the direction of Pearce Gallery with the intention of creating an exhibition programme that integrates what she sees as Whitecliffe’s strengths: educational rigour, intimate scale, and a personalised approach. In keeping with this, her strategy has been to grow the gallery organically, slowly developing a programme that fosters experimental research and facilitates critique and discussion. The curatorial directive is to explore the possibilities of the “research exhibition” as a venue for critical exchange, discussion and feedback. As a result, the programme focuses on experimental and transitional projects: work in its developmental phase, rather than “finished” exhibitions.

A core aspect of this programme is the annual One Day Wonder series. Each season of One Day Wonder addresses a particular research directive through a series of twenty-four hour exhibitions. The 2012 series was a faculty research project titled Paper Bag Research Forum, which responding in part to the 2012 PBRF (Performance Based Research Funding) round. This year the project is titled Parallel Universe, and moves beyond the College to look at six artist collectives across the country.

Other new initiatives underway include the use of the gallery as a project space during term breaks. This will allow an artist or group of artists to use Pearce as a research/installation space for a two to four week period, and to partake in a programme of discussion and exhibition both within the institution and with the wider public. This could be used as a final exhibition in itself, or it could be an opportunity for research and development towards a significant future event, such as an exhibition at public gallery. The timing and format of the project space programme is still in progress, and expressions of interest are welcome.

Accommodation

Whitecliffe does not offer accommodation yet being centrally located means options for long term stay are not far away. Auckland has many independently run hostels, some provide meals, others allow students to cook for themselves.

Halls and Hostels

Costs start from around NZ$250 per week and usually include food. Homestay students live with a host family in a suburban area with own room where you are treated as one of the family. The host family provides breakfast and dinner. In the weekends lunch is also provided. You experience the New Zealand way of life. Costs range from NZ$180 to NZ$250 per week.

Apartments & Flats

There is a wide range of private accommodation available in Auckland. Costs per room vary from NZ$150 to NZ$400 per week. You should allow a further NZ$75 to NZ$150 for food and other living expenses. It is generally expected that international students allow approximately NZ$10,000 to NZ$20,000 per year for living and accommodation costs.

Please note: The cost of living will vary depending on where you plan to live-inner city or surrounding suburbs.

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