History

As New Zealand's leading private tertiary arts and design institution, Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design is proud of its record of delivering quality teaching and innovation over the past 30 years.


History of College

1982

Greg and Michele Whitecliffe develop their vision for the school. Original meeting of Founding Faculty (October 12th).

1983

Whitecliffe Art School opened in Parnell, New Zealand. Diploma Courses registered with the Department of Education. Incorporated as Whitecliffe Enterprises, Ltd.

1985

Operations extended to four satellite buildings. Full-time Diploma course introduced.

1986

Moved to the Trinity College campus in Grafton, Auckland. Two and three-year Diploma courses introduced. Approval received to admit overseas students. Graphic Design and Interior Design programmes begun.

1988

Fashion and Landscape Design Departments established.

1990

Name changed to Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design. First Baccalaureate students.

1992

Whitecliffe receives Government EFTS funding. Students become eligible for Student Loans.

1993

Academic Cooperation Agreements with University of North Dakota and Texas Christian University (both USA). Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Programme approved.

1994

Academic Cooperation Agreements with Winchester School of Art (UK) and Waikato University Language Institute.

1995

Preparatory Certificate approval granted. Prepared the bid for Auckland to host the 1999 convention of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD).

1996

Master of Arts in Arts Administration approved. First Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Graduates.

1997

Move to Semester Calendar. First Postgraduate Students enrol in Master Arts in Arts Administration.

1998

Master of Fine Arts degree approved by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Bachelor of Fine Arts Monitoring delegated to Whitecliffe by NZQA. Stand-alone ESOL Courses Approved by NZQA. Academic Cooperation Agreement with Montclair State University, New Jersey (USA).

1999

Master of Fine Arts Degree programme began. First graduates in Master Arts in Arts Administration. Graduation speaker is the Governor General of New Zealand, Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Hardie Boys. College principals host the international conference Global Arts Beyond 2000.




2000

Academic Co-operation agreements with Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Introduction of Maori name TE WHARE TAKIURA O WIKIRIWHI - The Whitecliffe House/Place of Learning.

2001

President and Co-founder Professor Greg Whitecliffe passed away. Co-founder Michele Whitecliffe took up the Presidency. New Master of Arts in Arts Therapy Degree. Foundation Certificate of Arts and Design began. First Master of Fine Arts Degree graduates. Whitecliffe expanded to Amber House, Burton Street, Auckland.

2003

Whitecliffe campus expands to include the large Randolph Street studios and gallery in Auckland. Instituted the revised undergraduate programme. Governance Board established.

2004

Whitecliffe achieves a record number of undergraduate and Master's level students.


2006

The Master of Arts in Arts Therapy (Clinical) postgraduate qualification is approved

2007

Whitecliffe celebrates 25 years of offering higher education in arts and design.

2008

Whitecliffe moves to new campus at Balfour Road, Parnell

2009

Randolph Studios and Gallery is moved to St Georges Bay Road. Pearce Gallery is established. Master of Arts in Arts Administration is renamed Master of Arts in Arts Management.

2010

The Wikiriwhi Scholarship revised to offer significant financial support for an overseas professional development experience.

2011

Two Wikiriwhi Scholarships awarded for overseas travel.