Art and design news

QS stars 2019

AUT a 5-star university across all categories

13 Nov, 2019
AUT has received the maximum five stars for the first time in every category according to the global education analysts QS in their recent results.
New Professors announced in 2019

New Professors and Associate Professors

07 Nov, 2019
AUT has announced the promotion of 12 leading academics to the position of Professor. A further 15 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
AUT Blue Award recipients

Top students awarded AUT Blue Awards

18 Oct, 2019
59 AUT students from disciplines ranging from water polo to film directing celebrated their successes at the 2019 AUT Blue Awards on Thursday 10 October.
Streets are some of our most important public spaces.

How to turn Auckland’s inner city streets into public spaces people can enjoy

Art and design
10 Oct, 2019
Dr Carl Douglas writes about how to turn Auckland’s inner-city streets into public spaces people can enjoy
Tracheostomy by Charlotte Dickson was awarded a Gold Best Award in the Product category.

AUT triumphs at 2019 Best Awards

Art and design
08 Oct, 2019
AUT has 7 Gold, 13 Silver and 8 Bronze awards in this year’s Best Awards.
Lost City of Mer

AUT VR project exhibits at UN, New York

Art and design
25 Sep, 2019
The Lost City of Mer is a Virtual Reality experience aimed at inspiring action against climate change.
Voices for the future installation

Voices for the Future: UN Summit in NYC

20 Sep, 2019
Joe’s large-scale video installation of Antarctica icebergs is being projected onto the UN Buildings in NY as part of the global UN Climate Action Summit.
THE Rankings Sep 2019

AUT moves up 50 places in world rankings

12 Sep, 2019
AUT is now in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 50 for research citations.
Woolf Fisher AUT scholarship Awards ceremony

19 first in family scholarships awarded

05 Sep, 2019
19 AUT students were awarded Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarships at a celebration event at the AUT South Campus on Thursday 29 August.
val smith

val smith named 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate

Art and design
02 Sep, 2019
Art & Design PhD student val smith has been named as a 2019 Arts Foundation Laureate for their contribution to performing arts in New Zealand.
Lululemon Internz

Fruitful internships for great graduates

22 Aug, 2019
Three great AUT graduates have had their contracts extended from internships after impressing their employers at Lululemon in Vancouver.
Initiate.Collaborate is a card game designed by AUT's Good Health Design lab to help teams collaborate better.

Initiate.Collaborate: Card game makes collaboration easy

Art and design
09 Aug, 2019
AUT’s Good Health Design lab have designed a card game, Initiate.Collaborate, to help make teamwork fun.
Hamilton Now by Bianca Cross, Hannah Small and Megan Laxon

48 AUT finalists at 2019 Best Awards

Art and design
07 Aug, 2019
AUT School of Art and Design has 48 finalists at this year’s Best Awards.
Art work

Artwork for youth, by youth

Art and design
29 Jul, 2019
Students from Albany Senior High School have come together to bring Tūmanako 2019 to AUT to commemorate Hiroshima Day and support our Muslim community.
Export NZ 2019 Awards trophy designed by AUT School of Art and Design Industrial Design students Kynan Robinson and Shah Mohebbi.

Industrial Design students design Export NZ 2019 Awards trophies

Art and design
23 Jul, 2019
Third year Industrial Design students Kynan Robinson and Shah Mohebbi are the designers behind this year’s Export NZ Awards trophies.
A re imagined elective surgery ward bathroom

Reimagining the future of care

Art and design
02 Jul, 2019
A collaborative design project by AUT art & design students and Waitemata DHB reimagines what hospitals could look like.
talanoa discussion ‘Salty Blood and Tears’: Ocean Stories

What’s in a name ‘Moana’?

Art and design
28 Jun, 2019
AUT Art and Design Vā Moana research cluster hosted a talanoa discussion about ‘Moana’ as a term for modern day Oceania.
Turama Festival

AUT artist in residence part of Tūrama

Art and design
20 Jun, 2019
Joseph Michael, AUT's Artist in Residence, is part of the line-up for Auckland's new inner-city light festival, Tūrama Festival, which opens next month.
Tess Costil's winning submission for the 2019 Pentland Pol Roger Churchill Design competition

Design grad wins Pol Roger competition

Art and design
14 Jun, 2019
Communication Design graduate Tess Costil is the winner of the 2019 Pentland Pol Roger Churchill Design competition.
Fishbone Tree of Life

A new direction for art on campus

Art and design
12 Jun, 2019
A newly established Art on Campus Advisory Group will shape and direct the University's art collection.
Blender Design and AUT

Reconnecting people with food

Art and design
11 Jun, 2019
Blender Design and AUT Industrial Design students tackle product design for smart horticulture.
Dr Rosser Johnson and Dr Andrew Withell

DCT confirms two new Heads of School

05 Jun, 2019
Dr Rosser Johnson will be Head of the School of Communications Studies, and Dr Andrew Withell will be Head of Art & Design.
Joseph Michael

Environmentally focussed artist turns to NZ’s Kauri trees

02 May, 2019
Renowned artist Joseph Michael is AUT’s Artist in Residence for 2019
62% increase in AUT researchers

62% increase in AUT researchers

30 Apr, 2019
Growing expertise to help New Zealand and the world
TDC64 Auckland

TDC64 Auckland: World’s best typography exhibition at AUT

Art and design
09 Apr, 2019
The world's best typography is on display at AUT's St Paul St Gallery 3 from 2-17 April
Still from SPARROW short film

Uncommon milestone for 'Sparrow'

Art and design
05 Apr, 2019
Professor Welby Ing's latest short film 'Sparrow' has been honoured with its 50th international film festival selection.

The Techweek19 programme is live

05 Apr, 2019
AUT is the only NZ university and an official Strategic Partner. Hear from Dr Roseanne Ellis and Professor Guy Littlefair about why we’re involved.
Cookbook contributors and guest speaker

Diversity celebrated at cookbook launch

22 Mar, 2019
The launch of a cookbook with family recipes and stories of AUT staff and students from migrant and refugee backgrounds, took place on Race Relations Day.
Professor Frances Joseph

Five questions: Professor Frances Joseph

21 Mar, 2019
We asked Professor Frances Joseph five questions about her research ahead of her Inaugural Professorial Address.
They Are Us image - illustration by Ruby Jones


15 Mar, 2019
The tragic event in Christchurch today devastates us. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their friends and families.
Max Gimblett accepts honorary doctorate

“Education is the key to life”

Art and design
15 Mar, 2019
Dr Max Gimblett returned to NZ to accept an Honorary Doctorate from AUT, for his outstanding and sustained contribution to the arts.
Fiona Amundsen

Fiona chosen as Fulbright NZ Scholar

Art and design
06 Mar, 2019
AUT Visual Arts Senior Lecturer Fiona Amundsen has been selected as a 2019 Fulbright New Zealand Scholar.
Sesselja Jonasardottir and Celia Harrison

Lighting up rural Iceland

Art and design
28 Feb, 2019
AUT Spatial Design alumna Celia Harrison has been awarded one of Iceland’s top cultural awards.
Graduate Lavinia Ilolahia's Rookie collection

AUT designers make international finals

Art and design
31 Jan, 2019
AUT fashion design graduates Sean Kettle, Eddy Richards and Lavinia Ilolahia have made the iD International Emerging Designer Awards finals.
Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion

Celebrating AUT through the years

21 Jan, 2019
Over 50 of our oldest alumni came together for the 2018 Seddon Memorial Technical College reunion hosted by the alumni office.
Richard Harris giving a speech at graduation

AUT awards two honorary doctorates

11 Jan, 2019
AUT has awarded Honorary Doctorates to Richard Harris and Sir James Wallace to recognise the significant and ongoing impact of the two men.
AUT Edge Award winners

Gaining skills for the workplace

14 Dec, 2018
Auckland Council are proud to sponsor the overall achievement prize for the AUT Edge Award, an extra-curricular employability award at AUT.
Mia Evans from Clever Little Monthly

Clever Little Monthly wins X-Challenge

Art and design
12 Dec, 2018
Students Shara Quin and Mia Evans won the top prize at the 2018 AUT X Challenge for Clever Little Monthly, ethical and sustainable tampons made from hemp.
AUT graduates heading overseas as part of the Internz programme

Meet the new Internz

28 Nov, 2018
21 AUT graduates have been hand-picked by major companies including Lululemon, Enviropod, Paramount Recording Studios and Sundance Institute to be internat
Solitary bee hotel on North Campus

Bees, basil and broccoli

Art and design
22 Nov, 2018
Staff and students on the North Campus have been making use of the green space, resulting in the creation of a bee hotel and raised food gardens.
Synchrotron to be used in research

Five AUT Marsden Fund grants

08 Nov, 2018
Five projects led by AUT researchers have been granted funding totalling $3.58 million in new research for the university, in this Marsden Fund round.
AUTSA's Foodie Godmother pantry

Can you help the Foodie Godmother?

02 Nov, 2018
AUTSA’s Foodie Godmother needs donations of food and personal hygiene products for students in need. Can you help?
AUT's new Professors

New Professors and Associate Professors announced

01 Nov, 2018
AUT has announced the promotion to Professor of seven senior academics. A further 16 academics have been appointed as Associate Professors.
The Sustainability Taskforce at the Roadmap launch

Minister launches sustainable blueprint

24 Oct, 2018
The Minister for Climate Change, the Hon James Shaw officially launched AUT’s Sustainability Roadmap on Friday 19 October.
The 2018 Blue Award recipients

AUT Blue Awards recognise top students

17 Oct, 2018
41 AUT students were honoured for their sporting, artistic and cultural successes on Friday at the AUT Blue Awards.
Seated guests at the 2017 event

AUT Blue Awards honour arts and culture

09 Oct, 2018
The annual AUT Blue Awards for sporting excellence will now be extended to acknowledge arts and culture excellence among high achieving students.
Solitary bee hotel on North Campus

A room for one please

Art and design
02 Oct, 2018
Thanks to students taking the Design for Sustainability paper, North campus is now host to a solitary bee hotel.
THE world university rankings for AUT 2019

THE rankings place AUT in NZ top three

27 Sep, 2018
AUT has significantly improved in global university rankings published today by the Times Higher Education.
Semi-finalist Kiola Ballard with her work, Kau Muli

Memory inspired knits exhibited in NYC

Art and design
25 Sep, 2018
Third-year Textile Design student Kiola Ballard reached semi-finalist status for the prestigious Dorothy Waxman textile Design Prize.
AUT students sit in the WG lecture hall

AUT 2019 domestic and international fees

13 Sep, 2018
Tuition fees for new domestic students, and for domestic and international students currently enrolled in a programme will increase in 2019.

AUT academic joins NZ Project Runway

Art and design
13 Aug, 2018
AUT senior fashion lecturer Andreas Mikellis has been announced as a key player on New Zealand’s Project Runway, airing next month.

Five questions: Professor Charles Walker

07 Aug, 2018
We asked Professor Charles Walker five questions about his research at the time of his Inaugural Professorial Address.

AUT student's work dazzles at awards

Art and design
02 Aug, 2018
Visual arts student Evelyn Tautakitaki won the top prize at the Eden Arts Art Schools Award, a competition that showcases outstanding student work.

Palliser Ridge Scholarship knitted-up

Art and design
10 Jul, 2018
A scholarship sponsored by a prominent wool producer enables one of our textile design students to pursue her idea for stylish sound-proofing.
AUT visual arts alumna Angela Tiatia

Alumna scoops top art prize

Art and design
22 Jun, 2018
AUT visual arts alumna Angela Tiatia was awarded the prestigious Ravenswood Australian women's art prize recently for her video The Fall.
Hazel Umaga and Taylor McDonald are winners of the 2018 Pacific Youth Awards.

Prime Minister recognises AUT students

23 Apr, 2018
Hazel Umaga and Taylor McDonald are winners of the 2018 Pacific Youth Awards.
A new website, Talking Minds

New resource for youth with psychosis

Art and design
13 Apr, 2018
A new website, Talking Minds, is now available to help young people with psychosis navigate the complexities of the condition.

AUT Grad wins Australia’s most prestigious graphic design award

Art and design
07 Dec, 2017

Communication Design graduate Alistair McCready has won Australia’s single top graphic design award.

x challenge

Budding student entrepreneurs prepare for AUT’s “Dragon’s Den”

21 Nov, 2017

X-Challenge, a new university-wide competition that gives every AUT student an opportunity to develop an idea for a business, cause or project will culminate with a Dragons Den style pitch night on Thursday 23 November.

 11_luciuskoh meta ever after

AUT wins big at 2017 Best Design Awards

Art and design
11 Oct, 2017
AUT has won big at the 2017 Best Awards - the annual design industry awards dinner held last Friday, 6 October 2017.

AUT at NZFW Graduate Show 2017

Art and design
12 Sep, 2017

Three talented fashion designers represented AUT at this year’s New Zealand Fashion Week (NZFW) Graduate Show.

New Head of School of Communications

New Head of School of Communications

Art and design
07 Jun, 2017

AUT has appointed a new Head of the School of Communications.


New Head of School of Communications

Art and design
07 Jun, 2017

AUT has appointed a new Head of the School of Communications.


Disobedient teaching: surviving and creating change in education

Art and design
28 Feb, 2017

Despite being expelled from Secondary School and suspended from Teachers College, AUT Professor Welby Ings’ new book is about teaching.

Disobedient teaching: surviving and creating change in education

Disobedient teaching: surviving and creating change in education

28 Feb, 2017

Despite being expelled from Secondary School and suspended from Teachers College, AUT Professor Welby Ings’ new book is about teaching.

A perspective unique to Manukau

A perspective unique to Manukau

Art and design
25 Oct, 2016

Communication Design students from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) South Campus exhibited their end-of-year work at the gala opening of the Original Art Sale, being held at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau from October 14-16.

AUT student represents NZ at Edinburgh Arts Festival

AUT student represents NZ at Edinburgh Arts Festival

Art and design
07 Sep, 2016

AUT PhD Candidate Olivia Webb and her artwork represented New Zealand at one of the largest art events in the United Kingdom, the Edinburgh Arts Festival.

Earlier this year Olivia was invited to create an artwork for the festival as part of the festival’s 2016 Commissions Programme. Her new artwork, Lapides Vivi, was launched at this year’s festival.

AUT secures 25 Best Award nominations

AUT secures 25 Best Award nominations

15 Aug, 2016

Twenty five projects by students and staff from the School of Art and Design and Colab have secured nominations in the country’s top design awards.

TEDxManukau: Explore, Realise, Act

TEDxManukau: Explore, Realise, Act

Art and design
08 Jul, 2016

Last month, David Sinfield, senior lecturer and undergraduate programme leader of Graphic Design and Moving Image at AUT South Campus, explored the relationship between lettering, design and storytelling across time and space at TEDxManukau.

AUT alumnus to study at Columbia University

AUT alumnus to study at Columbia University

05 Jul, 2016

Congratulations to Auckland University of Technology (AUT) alumnus, Jeremy Olds, who has been awarded a 2016 Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award.

Veiqia Project at AUT reawakens women’s role in Fijiian society

Veiqia Project at AUT reawakens women’s role in Fijiian society

Art and design
24 Mar, 2016

The Veiqia Project Exhibition is now open at AUT’s St Pauls St Gallery Three as a result of the journey of seven women reconnecting with a ‘sleeping’ practice.


Rookie + AD15

Art and design
10 Dec, 2015

Final year fashion students transformed the newly-reopened St James’ Theatre into a fashion hotspot last week.


AUT Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab wins top prize at Best Awards 2015

Art and design
16 Oct, 2015

AUT’s world-first in-hospital design lab took home top honours at the Country’s design awards on Friday night.

AUT University's Art Involvement

AUT University's Art Involvement

Art and design
12 Jul, 2013

There are very few exhibition projects that cover such a vast variety of projects – including cows, milk, earthquakes, water, tea, horses, temporary offices, mud, photography, objects and more.

But AUT University’s Transforming Topographies, on now as part of the 5th Auckland Triennial, can.

AUT fashion graduates take on the world

AUT fashion graduates take on the world

Art and design
11 Feb, 2013

Eight AUT Bachelor of Design (fashion) graduates have been named as finalists in the iD International Emerging Designers Awards.

Sara Andrews, Petra Benton, Charlotte Cho, Sohong Lim,  Monique Lynch, Richard McCoy, Fraser Mildon and Bay Rawlinson all completed their studies with AUT in 2012 and have been named as finalists in the awards.


New year goal already decided for AUT staff member

Art and design
07 Jan, 2013

As we get closer to the new year, many of us will be thinking about setting goals, but AUT staff member Kritteka Gregory already knows what her goal will be, to qualify in badminton for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


AUT Rookie show a success

Art and design
12 Nov, 2012

AUT University’s Rookie show last night delivered on its promise to be unlike any other.


AUT’s graduating art and design students show their best

Art and design
06 Nov, 2012

AD12 Unexpected Spaces, a five-day exhibition by the graduating students of AUT University’s School of Art + Design, opens today and runs until Sunday 11th November.


Christmas shopping with a difference

Art and design
01 Dec, 2011

The end of year is usually marked by moments of gifting desperation brought on by the Christmas season.  AUT’s ST PAUL St Gallery aims to alleviate the burden by hosting an End of Year Fair mixing art, craft, design and performance – a fair where some things are for sale and some things aren’t, and most things are under $100.


Next Generation of Fashion Launched at AUT

Art and design
11 Nov, 2011

The local fashion industry will be out in force at Rookie 2011 tonight to see what the next generation of fashion design talent has to offer.


AUT lecturer a 2012 Fulbright Scholar

Art and design
01 Nov, 2011

Research into site-based art projects has seen an AUT senior lecturer be the worthy recipient of a 2012 Fulbright New Zealand Senior Scholar Award.


Sparkling Spices set to light up at the Aotea Centre

Art and design
07 Oct, 2011

The next interactive exhibition by CoLab launches tonight with the work fitting in perfectly with the Diwali Festival happening over the weekend.


Heritage helps inspire success

Art and design
29 Jun, 2011

Two AUT fashion graduates, both inspired by their heritage, have come up trumps at the 2011 Miromoda Maori Fashion Design Awards.

Diana Eng

Wearing air and light: experimental fashion, New York style

Art and design
26 Jan, 2011

Fashion designer Diana Eng is bringing her left field ideas to Auckland this week, hosting a series of “Geek Fashion” workshops and exhibiting her own works at ST PAUL St Gallery.

Performance Design takes centre stage at AUT

Performance Design takes centre stage at AUT

Art and design
13 Aug, 2010

Performance design will be centre stage at AUT University from August 13-28, when practitioners from across the country gather to generate and discuss New Zealand’s contribution to the 2011 Prague Quadrennial: International Exhibition of Performance Design and Space, PQ11. The Quadrennial is held every four years, presenting performance design from more than 70 countries in three categories:  student, national and theatre architecture.

Smelly socks tell story of cultural identity

Smelly socks tell story of cultural identity

Art and design
12 Aug, 2010

Has the smell of sunscreen ever convinced you that there is sand between your toes?  If so, you have experienced synthetic synaesthesia, when one sensory experience triggers another “phantom” sensory experience.

3D type wins over audience

3D type wins over audience

Art and design
30 Mar, 2010

Visitors to the HP Future Designers exhibition at Urbis Designday voted graphic designer Anzac Tasker as their favourite designer.

New designers look to the future at Urbis Designday

New designers look to the future at Urbis Designday

Art and design
19 Mar, 2010

AUT University postgraduate students will give Auckland a taste of what’s to come at Urbis Designday’s inaugural Future Designers exhibition.

AUT proud to support the Auckland Triennial

AUT proud to support the Auckland Triennial

Art and design
16 Mar, 2010

The internationally significant Auckland Triennial has opened, with AUT University continuing its support for the event as Triennial Partner.

Menswear success at iD Dunedin fashion awards

Menswear success at iD Dunedin fashion awards

Art and design
16 Mar, 2010

AUT fashion graduates Sandra Tupu (pictured) and Glenn Yungnickel took away awards with their menswear collections at this week’s iD Dunedin Emerging Designer Awards.

Menswear by Glenn Yungnickel on the Rookie 20009 runway

AUT Rookie impresses fashion A-listers

Art and design
20 Oct, 2009

It was standing room only last night at AUT Rookie 2009, when AUT University fashion students showed their final collections on the runway.  Fashion insiders, the media, designers and their families and friends crammed into St Pauls Church to see 22 collections take to the catwalk.

Electronic cycling jacket by AUT fashion lecturer Lyle Reilly

E-clothing expert visits AUT

15 Jun, 2009

Singing shirts, purses with inbuilt touch alarms and cycling jackets that indicate when you turn are a few of the spinoffs of technology that allows fabric to respond to stimuli like light, sound and touch.  This week, international electronic textiles expert Dr Leah Buechley will be in Auckland to show how it is done.