Study 2018

Contemporary art is of critical value to how we live, posing challenging and provocative questions about how we perceive our world. Elam is a diverse and supportive environment where students learn and experiment in a range of practices. The School’s footprint on the New Zealand creative community is substantial, with many of the country’s best-known artists, designers, researchers, and art commentators emerging from Elam.

Create, explore and disrupt

With a focus on conceptual and critical thinking, study at Elam will both extend and empower you according to your individual needs and ambitions. Our supported interdisciplinary environment helps you to work in ways best suited to your making. Elam students have access to an extensive array of gallery, studio, workshop and digital resources including:
  • Digital media hub with photographic, video, film and audio facilities and HD suite.
  • Screen printing, intaglio and lithography facilities.
  • Photography studios, darkrooms and processing facilities.
  • Wood and metal workshops.
  • Traditional machine shop.
  • Digital and large format printing facilities.
  • Vinyl cutting room and spray painting booth.
  • Mould and casting areas for silicone, vacuum forming, slip casting, plaster, molochite, wax and resin work.
  • Foundry and kiln spaces.
  • Ceramic studio.
  • Specialist book presses.
  • Large shared studio spaces.
  • Fine Arts Library. A wide-ranging, constantly-growing collection of specialist books, catalogues, journals and databases.
  • Five exhibiting galleries on campus: George Fraser Gallery, Elam Projectspace, Gus Fisher Gallery, Window and West Gallery.

Application requirements 

Submitting your application is an easy to follow process. You are required to complete the University of Auckland’s Application for Admission and provide a portfolio expressing your individuality and showing your current capabilities. Please ensure your application is submitted by 1 October 2017.

To find out more about how to apply please view the information found here.


Elam is led by successful creative practitioners and technical staff, it is their expertise and experience that will help you achieve creative excellence; meaningful contributions to culture and society; and successful careers within creative industries.

Study Artwork
Alane Sue Paterson, ANSWERING THE HAIL (Reflecting on Perspectives of Materiality), 2016

Demand a future with options

The diversity of career opportunities for Elam graduates continues to expand as the demand for critical and creative thinking across industries increases. Elam alumni are successful and highly regarded in a wide range of cultural and creative fields. Recent graduates include:

  • Luke Willis Thompson, artist, Walters Prize winner 2014
  • Imogen Kerr, Head of Sale, Christie’s Auction House, London
  • Kate Lill, Art Director, Young & Rubicam
  • Alex Davidson, Assistant Curator, 2015 Venice Biennale
  • Mark William Dewes, Artist and Special Fx Technician, Weta Workshop
  • Salome Tanuvasa, artist and educator
  • Ane Tonga, Lead Exhibition Curator, Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa
  • Anna Gardner, Gallery Administrative Manager, Artspace
  • James Lowe, fashion and art photographer
  • Niamh Peren, Extras Casting and Coordination, Long Way Home Productions
  • Anna Starr, Creative Project Lead, Curative NZ
  • Melanie Bell, Senior Digital Producer, Ogilvy & Mather New Zealand

Elam graduates have found employment in diverse fields; they are film makers, designers, artists, cinematographers, teachers, community workers, auction house directors, curators, gallery managers, exhibition designers, graphic designers, fashion designers, illustrators, photographers, journalists, critics, artistic directors, advertising account managers and entrepreneurial creatives. 

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Larissa Lacey, Origins, 2016

Find out more

We’d love to talk to you, answer any of your questions and show you around our studios, galleries, labs and workshops. You can contact us on the below details.


To find out more about how to apply please view the information found here.


0800616263  or  +6493737513