Arts & Design

Artists and designers have a unique way of looking at the world

From innovative design solutions to artwork that challenges, the careers and individual practices of artists and designers are enormously diverse.

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

Student work

Check out the wide range of work created by our Bachelor of Arts and Media graduates in 2020.

                More student work (external link)

Study options

Study pathways

  • Graphic design (E.g. Promotional artwork, branding design, animation)
  • Lens-based Media (E.g. Photography, video production)
  • Object design (E.g. Sculpture, jewellery, product design)
  • Image making (E.g. Painting, sketching, line drawing and more)

Career opportunities

A career in the Arts and Design industry may include; employment in related fields such as art galleries, museums, fashion, film, theatre and graphic design or in community arts positions in arts marketing or cultural tourism.


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View of G-Block, Creative Industries building, at night, from Nile Street

Housed in our purpose-built, award-winning arts and media facility, all creative industries students come together under the one roof, with the most up-to-date technologies at hand to get you started in your creative career. You bring the talent and we’ll provide the support and expertise to help you develop it.

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