Creative General Education courses - Semester One 2021

Enrol in an Architecture, Dance, Design, Fine Arts (Photography), Music, or Urban Planning course this semester. No prior knowledge of these subjects is required.

Architecture students working in the studio

Get creative this semester! There are spaces available in our creative General Education courses during Semester One, 2021. Enrol in an Architecture, Dance, Design, Fine Arts (Photography), Music or Urban Planning course.

Students studying a number of different degrees at the University of Auckland are welcome to enrol into these courses. No previous knowledge of Architecture, Dance, Design, Music, Photography or Urban Planning is required. 

Architecture course

ARCHHTC 102G - Modern Architecture and Urbanism

This course examines 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.

Dance students dancing in a dance studio

Dance course

DANCE 101G - Introduction to Dance and Creative Processes

This course aims to develop an understanding of our moving bodies through movement awareness, dance improvisation, choreography, and interdisciplinary arts processes. You will experience both theoretical and practical classes, which focus on a range of practices that dancers and movement practitioners use to facilitate kinaesthetic awareness, experimentation, play, communication and choreography. You will explore somatic theory and practice, improvisation scores, choreography, dance analysis, and contact improvisation. You will also explore the relationships between dance and other artistic disciplines.

Design students working in the design lab

Design course

DESIGN 102G - Design Futures

How and why do design practices evolve, respond to and influence change? In this course students learn how to apply a design approach to complement current practice and expand future career prospects. It offers insight into what motivates designers, what tools they use, and how they collaborate with others in diverse contexts. They will learn how to speculate on the potential conditions, causes and contingencies for future design practices. Students will also apply analytical and practical methods to design.

Cheerful student holding a camera

Fine Arts course

FINEARTS 109G - Introduction to Photographic Practice

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.

Student playing guitar, looking at another student with notes and pen in her hand

Music courses

MUS 144G - Turning-Points in Western Music

This course introduces the history and literatures of Western music from medieval times to the late 20th-century. You will study, discuss, and write about the people and the factors (artistic, intellectual, social, technical) that were and are Western music’s agents of change.

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

This course is an introduction to New Zealand popular music from the 1950s to today. 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. 

Urban Planning students on a field trip in Auckland

Urban Planning course

URBPLAN 101G Introduction to Urban Planning

Urban planners shape the future of our towns, cities and communities. This course provides an introduction to the discipline of urban planning, examining its evolution, theory, practice, profession, ethics, values and future trends. It offers a critical exploration of the challenges facing urban planners today and into the future.

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Contact us

If you have any queries, please get in touch with advisors at our Creative Arts and Industries Student Centre: