Experience the Arts on campus

Art exhibition

Researchers from the College of Arts are engaged with disciplines from across the University, participating in a diverse range of national and international activities.

Innovation and collaboration

The College hosts a number of research centres. Among them is the National Centre for Research on Europe, UC CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive and the Te Awatea Violence Research Centre. UC’s research centres collaborate innovatively with research partners, including many businesses and community organisations involved in the Canterbury rebuild.

World-first research projects

Wordovators is a collaborative project between UC’s New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) and the Language Dynamics Lab at Northwestern University, United States. It is co-led by UC’s linguistics expert Professor Jen Hay and Northwestern’s Professor Janet Pierrehumbert, who is also an adjunct professor at NZILBB.

'The research aims to understand the relationship between the cognitive factors underlying word formation and also the social factors.' Hay says the study could involve tens of thousands of participants in New Zealand and the United States, making it the largest study of its kind involving word formation strategies in children, an area that has previously had little research.

The Arts at UC offer a unique and enriched experience of Canterbury and a chance for students to see the next generation of artists and performers working alongside our world-class staff.

A dynamic event extravaganza

The College of Arts includes the School of Fine Arts and the School of Music, meaning students at UC are surrounded by events throughout the year. Listen to a free lunchtime music concert, see a photography exhibition, hear a renowned expert speak, or experience an international film festival; UC’s campus is a hive of creative activity for you to sample.

Get involved in clubs

Outside of lectures and workshops, UC has a thriving club culture. For Arts buffs, there are plenty of clubs and societies to join such as Classoc, UC Linguistics, UC Pols, UC FrenchSoc, Musoc, PoetrySoc, Socrates Soc, and the Medieval and Renaissance Society.

A vibrant place to live and study

Nearby in the re-emerging Christchurch CBD, UC students get involved in street art, pop-up galleries, urban transformation projects and more. From 2016, a new learning space for UC students will open in the Arts Centre, a historic building linked to UC’s origins 135 years ago. This site will host public music performances and house UC’s valuable James Logie Memorial Collection of more than 350 Greek and Roman artefacts.

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