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Study Arts and the Community

Toi me te Hapori

14 August 2023

Arts encompass everything to do with our society and what shapes it - history, policy, media, and social movements around the world. Have a look at the Arts subjects you can study at UC.



Arts subjects cover areas like sustainability, psychology, Māori and Indigenous studies, communication, human rights, linguistics, and social and youth work. With the range of options available, you can tailor your degree to your interests, or take something you have never studied before.

Practical learning

Learning at UC is not all academic; our Professional and Community Engagement course gives you work experience in the community through internships. Practical components like field trips, workshops, and seminars are part of your degree. UC staff are passionate and experienced in their teaching areas, and will help you see your own potential.

Indigenous knowledge

Kaupapa Māori is integrated into our courses, so you can learn about Māori values and understand the potential of Indigenous knowledge to solve wider issues in our communities. You can also take up Māori and Indigenous studies in many pathways — just speak to a Future Students Officer

Student life

UC’s campus culture makes for a great student experience.

Our leafy green campus is nestled between moana (sea), maunga (mountains), and rangi (sky), and with the Ōtākaro Avon River winding through, there are many spots for you to take a breather. Plus, we have 160+ active clubs, so you can balance out your studies with some fun.

Some Arts clubs include Classics, Musical theatre, Drama, Political Science, Student Volunteer Army, UC Global Society, QCanterbury, and more.

Exciting careers ahead

There are so many different career choices that you can open up by studying arts. Some of our graduates have gone on to work in clinical psychology, social work, advocacy and policy, publishing and editing, communications, journalism, gallery curatorship, teaching, Māori and Indigenous development, and urban development.


We provide support and facilities including help with injuries or learning disabilities affecting your studies; degree planning; and health, sporting, and fitness. 

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