New approach to teaching and learning

Te Auaha will bring together a range of creative programmes:

  • New Zealand Film and Television School
  • Whitireia Performing Arts Centre
  • New Zealand Radio Training School
  • Programmes in digital media production and animation, journalism, creative writing, publishing and editing, music (rock, jazz, commercial and DJ), live sound and event production, creative IT, visual arts and design, Māori and Pasifika arts, jewellery, digital design and multi-media, photography, event management, makeup and hair artistry

The collision of WelTec's creative technologies and Whitireia's applied arts at Te Auaha will provide a unique opportunity to expand on the excellent programmes already offered by two great Wellington institutions.

Bringing together a whole range of creative disciplines will have big advantages, says Lawrence Arps, who is leading programme development for Te Auaha.  What's more, work has already begun to establish new ways of learning.  We’ve got Te Auaha students with us right now. Those on our three-year degrees will complete their final year in the new campus and we are already incorporating new learning methods in our teaching for students.
A huge benefit of Te Auaha means students in different subjects can work on major projects together.  Whether it's a play, fashion parade or short film, you'll need actors, models, hair stylists and make-up artists, lighting technicians, videographers and so on.  Music students will be able to work with film or animation students on music videos, media and broadcasting students can report on an art exhibition. There's so much potential.

Students will also learn by working in Te Auaha's two theatres, cinema and music venue.  There's also opportunity to establish common courses that would be taught to a range of students. For example, students in film, broadcasting, journalism, music and audio engineering all need to learn about microphones. Similarly, we could have a common course on camera techniques.