Arts, Media & Digital Technologies
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Arts, Media & Digital Technologies

Creativity is a talent that can be used to inspire, innovate and challenge the status quo. Study art and design at NMIT and hone your skills in a region renowned for its creative spirit.
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NMIT visual arts student work

Study art and design in the creative heart of Nelson, well known for its vibrant arts community and diverse range of creative industries. Be part of a creative community that adds value to the real world through design, innovation, collaboration and creative expertise. 

NMIT offers certificates, diplomas and degrees in Arts and Design with flexible learning and online course options through TANZ eCampus(external link).

Follow your own interests and directions and develop the ability to generate innovative ideas and design solutions through the effective use of visual language.

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NMIT student object design

Whether you choose to develop an individual practice in areas such as painting, printmaking, illustration, jewellery, sculpture, textiles, or work toward a career in digital design, moving image or photography, studying in the creative industries will prepare you to live creatively in the world.




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NMIT Arts & Media Building

You’ll be refining your craft in our award-winning arts and media facility, working alongside all of our creative industries students. Our creative hub is equipped with the most up-to-date technologies so you’ll have everything you need to bring your ideas to life. Your learning and development will be supported by our expert tutors who are all highly accomplished in their respective fields.


“I really enjoyed the way that the space inside the building was set out so that it was open to everyone else’s work. I could see what my classmates were doing and what other students in the building were doing. It inspired me and helped me think about my own art practice.” 
- Amber Clark graduated with a Level 5 Certificate of Graphic Design


Arts and Design

NMIT arts and design training

Photographers and digital designers shape the way we see the world, using creative and technical skills to communicate fresh ideas and offer a unique perspective on life.

From hard-hitting photojournalism to fashion shoots and marketing campaigns, the value of creative storytelling has never been higher.

NMIT offers a range of programmes from shorter courses in arts and design through to our renowned Bachelor of Arts & Design. You’ll develop your craft in a collaborative and creative environment and learn the skills you’ll need to turn your passion into a career.

Learn more about our arts and design programmes  


Computer Generated Imagery

Computer Generated Imagery & Animation Student at NMIT

Combine creative thinking with technical expertise and carve out a career in animation and computer-generated imagery for film and television, game design and more.

Through this three-year programme you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge related to animation and computer-generated imagery (CGI).

You will gain hands-on experience using industry-standard animation and CGI software and processing tools and be encouraged to flex your creative muscles.

This programme is designed to give you the skills you need for employment in movie, television and gaming studios around the world, or in other sectors where CGI is used.

Learn more about our computer generated imagery programmes


Interior Design

Interior design students at NMIT

NMIT interior design student

Take your talent for creating inviting spaces and the hours you’ve spent trawling through Pinterest and turn them into a career in interior design. This field is much more specialised than simply rearranging furniture. You’ll learn how to develop creative ways for people to interact with their environment, as well as aesthetic and functional solutions for residential interior design. Architectural drawing, construction and materials, and design principles are just some of the skills you’ll have on completing study in this creative field.

Learn more about our interior design programmes  



music students at NMIT

Take your music out of the garage, into the studio and onto the stage. At NMIT you’ll learn the art of songwriting, play at gigs, create and record your own music and take control as a sound engineer. With skilled and experienced musicians as tutors and state-of- the-art facilities, you’ll gain a full picture of the music industry and the know-how to forge your own career through marketing and promotion.

Learn more about our music programmes


Writing for Creative Industries


writing for creative industries

Does writing your own short works, manuscripts, digital works and articles and submitting them to publishers, media outlets, websites, literary agents or other manuscript assessors interest you? How about critiquing, publishing and promoting others’ work? Then a career in writing may be for you. You’ll gain a range of writing skills at NMIT that are transferable to many fields of employment, along with hands-on work placement experience.


Learn more about our writing programmes  


Short Courses

jewellery making short course

Are you looking to refresh and recharge your passion for art and creativity? From oil-painting to fashion and photography, and most things in between, NMIT offers a wide variety of part-time short courses in the evenings and weekends. Find out what’s on offer this semester and get ready for a dose of artistic inspiration that will lift your creativity to the next level.

Learn more about our selection of short courses

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