Why choose Arts?
As a Bachelor of Arts (BA) student you can choose to study the subjects that inspire you while you develop
the sought-after transferable skills that open up many different career opportunities. You’ll graduate with
a qualification from New Zealand’s leading faculty of arts, ranked within the world’s top 40 for humanities
and social sciences*.
Gain skills for careers
Our graduates have secured rewarding positions both nationally and
internationally in fields including marketing, communications and local and
national government by combining their knowledge of culture and society
with skills such as:
• advanced written and oral communication
• creative and critical thinking
• research and analysis
• team work and collaboration
• problem solving
Study the subjects you love
Our diverse range of BA subjects gives you the freedom and flexibility
to shape your degree to follow your passion and study the subjects
that you find exciting and inspiring. These include subjects that explore
contemporary issues, such as Anthropology, Criminology and Media, Film
and Television, as well as disciplines such as English, Psychology and
History. You don’t need to have studied a subject at school in order to take
it at University.
Be inspired by great teachers
You can learn from internationally respected staff who are passionate about
their teaching and research. Our academic staff include world leaders in
their fields – some have written the textbooks you will be using. Our staff
have interests and expertise as diverse as producing and teaching creative
writing to studying the impact of whaling on the Pacific Ocean.
Consider a conjoint programme
Conjoint programmes are an excellent opportunity to combine your
interests in different areas and to graduate with additional skills. An Arts
conjoint can add depth and dimension to your study and provides a broad
range of subjects to compliment your major in another degree. You can
study a BA as part of a conjoint programme with Business, Engineering, Fine
Arts, Medical and Health Sciences, Law, Music or Science. Many students
find that study in one area often enriches and enhances their learning and
understanding in the other. For example, you could combine BA subjects
in Criminology and Philosophy with a Bachelor of Laws or a BA subject
in Politics and International Relations with a Bachelor of Commerce. The
valuable transferable skills you develop through BA study can enhance your
employability and your ability to succeed in your career.
*2015/16 QS World University Rankings.
“As part of the Faculty of Arts internship course I worked with Teach
First NZ, an organisation that aims to address educational inequality
in New Zealand. The project exposed me to areas of work that I had
not previously engaged with. I was able to learn more about the non-
profit sector and gained an inside understanding of the rewards and
challenges that arise from charitable work.
“I also had an opportunity to learn from marketing professionals and
was able to produce an effective end result despite my lack of prior
experience. The project indicated the wide variety of work that can
be done with the skills gained through a Bachelor of Arts, including
the ability to conduct research, process information and convert that
data into a manageable output. It also drew on my skills in oral and
written communication. These skills will be useful in my future career,
especially in advisory or research-based roles.
“The Faculty of Arts internship course is a great chance to apply
yourself to practical fields, broaden your experiences and apply
yourself to different environments.”
Jerome de Vries
undertook an internship with Teach First NZ as part
of the Faculty of Arts internship course.
Skills that employers value
“Having an intern with a fresh, creative mind like Jerome join our
recruitment team really allowed us to invest in valuable but time-
intensive projects like print marketing materials. He brought with
him a strong work ethic and excellent ability to understand and
communicate ideas, and produced a comprehensive report with clear
and justified recommendations for the years to come.”
Recruitment Advisor at Teach First NZ
Jerome (L) with workplace mentor Liam Munday.