Learn from passionate experts

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Researchers from the College of Arts are engaged with disciplines from across the University, participating in a diverse range of national and international activities. You’ll be taught by people who are passionate, research-active leaders in their field making an impact locally and on the world stage.

Learn from the best

Through excellence in research and teaching, staff in the humanities, social sciences and creative arts prepare students to make a difference in their communities and workplaces. Arts graduates are able to think critically and analytically, develop creative solutions to challenging problems, and communicate ideas effectively. Our lecturers are actively involved in research and publishing in their specialist areas, so you will be taught by staff at the forefront of knowledge. UC’s teachers make learning interesting; many receive international and national awards for the quality of their teaching, such as the NZ Marsden Grant, UC's own Teaching Award.

Innovation and collaboration

The College hosts a number of research centres. Among them is the National Centre for Research on Europe, UC CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive and the Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies. UC’s research centres collaborate innovatively with research partners, including many businesses and community organisations involved in the Canterbury rebuild.

Highly ranked

UC College of Arts | Rāngai Toi Tangata is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world in Education, English Language and Literature, Geography, Linguistics, Psychology, Statistics and Operational Research, and Sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).

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Liam Grant, studying towards a Master of Law

‘Within Aotahi, the School of Indigenous Studies, the tutors are extremely personable and passionate. They really support students to explore. When I first started I used to sit in the back of class and not make a squeak. But my mentors encouraged me to contribute in a way that I felt comfortable. I found myself challenging, questioning and participating in class. There are a lot of varied and unique personalities amongst the College of Arts lecturers. They’re all passionate about their areas of expertise, and they’re willing to support you personally. They notice you.

That reinforces your faith in your own abilities. They aim to unlock the potential that they see in every individual.’

Student Advisors

The Student Advisors in the College of Arts can help with degree planning and special applications.