Creative General Education courses 2022

Enrol in a Music, Design, Dance, Fine Arts, Architecture or Urban Planning course this year. No prior knowledge of these subjects is required.

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Get creative in Semester One and Semester Two! There are spaces available in our 2022 creative General Education courses. Enrol in a Music, Design, Dance, Fine Arts, Architecture or Urban Planning course!

Students studying a number of different degrees at the University of Auckland are welcome to enrol into these courses (if they are available in the relevant General Education course schedules). No previous knowledge of Music, Design, Dance, Fine Arts, Architecture or Urban Planning is required.

Music courses

MUS 144G - Turning-Points in Western Music

  • Overview: A study of significant people, major discoveries and inventions, and key factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were important agents of change in Western music. 
  • Availability: Semester One and Semester Two 2022

Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

MUS 149G - Rock to Reggae: Tracking Popular Music in New Zealand

  • Overview: An introduction to New Zealand’s home-grown popular music, from the 1950s to the present day. A broad range of musical styles will be considered and situated within various social contexts. The issue of cultural identity in music – at national and local levels – will also be explored.
  • Availability: Semester One and Semester Two 2022

Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

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Design course

DESIGN 102G - Design Futures

  • Overview: New opportunities are continually emerging in the field of design. This course introduces design as strategy, demonstrating how contemporary design practices have evolved, responded to, and influenced change. By developing a design project that responds to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, students will learn how design thinking complements current practice and expands career prospects.
  • Availability: Semester One and Semester Two 2022

Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Design conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

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Dance courses

DANCE 101G - Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes

  • Overview: To develop an understanding of our moving bodies through movement awareness, dance improvisation, choreography and creative and analytic writing. Students will undertake both theoretical and practical classes focusing on a range of practices that dancers and movement practitioners use to facilitate kinaesthetic awareness, experimentation, communication and choreography. Students will explore somatic theory and practice, improvisation scores, choreography and dance analysis.
  • Availability: Semester One and Semester Two 2022

Bachelor of Dance Studies students cannot take this General Education course.

DANCE 200G - Dance and Culture

  • Overview: Through practical dance classes and theoretical investigations into diverse cultural environments around the world, this course critically examines the interrelationship between dance and wider political and cultural movements. You will physically engage in the study of various social dance forms. You'll discuss and write about the cultural environments that have contributed to, and been affected by, these dances. This course illustrates how dance can create and critique cultural and social traditions and conventions.
  • Availability: Semester Two 2022

Bachelor of Dance Studies students cannot take this General Education course.

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Fine Arts courses

FINEARTS 109G - Introduction to Photographic Practice

  • Overview: Introduces the methods, concepts and contemporary contexts of photographic practice alongside the development of a photographic portfolio. Students will use their own camera, (this can include cell phone cameras) to develop a portfolio of photographic work and explore the ways in which contemporary arts and cultural practices in Aotearoa enable a critical reflection on the production of images.
  • Availability: Semester One and Semester Two 2022

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

FINEARTS 210G - Understanding Contemporary Visual Arts Practice

  • Overview: How does the contemporary art world work? Premised on the idea that there are many art worlds, this course examines global and local contemporary artistic practices, theories, histories and institutions, exploring the practices and discourses that constitute these worlds. No prior knowledge or experience of contemporary art is assumed. Prerequisite: 60 points passed.
  • Availability: Semester Two 2022

Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts conjoint students cannot take this General Education course.

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Architecture course

ARCHHTC 102G - Modern Architecture and Urbanism

  • Overview: Examines through case studies the cultural contexts that shaped the development of architecture, urban design, landscape and the environment during the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on the historical developments that influenced changes in style and the theoretical contexts that shaped attitudes towards inhabitation, social organisation, national identity, and cultural self-expression, amongst other things. Restriction: ARCHHTC 100.
  • Availability: Semester One 2022

ARCHHTC 102G does not satisfy the General Education requirement for Bachelor of Architectural Studies.

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Urban Planning course

URBPLAN 101G - Introduction to Urban Planning

  • Overview: An introduction to the discipline of urban planning, examining its evolution, theory, practice, profession, ethics, values and future trends. Offers a critical exploration of the challenges facing urban planners today and into the future.
  • Availability: Semester One 2022

This course does not satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Urban Plannning or Bachelor of Urban Planning (Honours).

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