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Benjamin Alexander Winner of First Project Runway New Zealand

Benjamin Alexander Winner of First Project Runway New Zealand

We are thrilled that recent Whitecliffe BFA Fashion Design & MFA Fashion Sustainability graduate Benjamin Alexander was announced as  winner of the first season of Project Runway New Zealand. Fashion Design HOD Belinda Watt says "During his time at Whitecliffe, I have watched Benjamin develop a very strong vision and design signature and we are all immensely proud of his recent success. Benjamin was awarded First Class Honours for his MFA Fashion and Sustainability... > Read more

Whitecliffe Educated - The Student Experience: Melody-Jazz

Whitecliffe Educated - The Student Experience: Melody-Jazz

Taking photos at family functions was the spark for Year 3 Photo Media student Melody-Jazz Aliivaine Makavani’s love of photography. From a young age, she sought inspiration from those around her, which later grew to a love of alternative subcultures. Having always loved Photography,... > Read more

Whitecliffe International Student Experience: Yuxin Zou, Jinyang Liu and Weiyang Zhang

Whitecliffe International Student Experience: Yuxin Zou, Jinyang Liu and Weiyang Zhang

Three Whitecliffe BFA Photo Media Year 3 students have landed internships in the film crew and production department with Chinese TV33 where they are responsible for filming and editing daily news and weather reports. Yuxin Zou’s favourite aspect is the editing side, while Weiyang Zhang has... > Read more

Congratulations to the Whitecliffe Graduates of 2018!

Congratulations to the Whitecliffe Graduates of 2018!

We are proud to announce that 59 undergraduate and 44 postgraduate students were awarded Bachelor of Fine Art degrees, Postgraduate diplomas and Masters degrees in a graduation ceremony held at the Auckland Town Hall on Friday, November 30. Lea Te Huia-Eastwood, Pae Ārahi, Erena... > Read more

Richard Maloy, Lecturer Fine Arts, Whitecliffe, on show at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Richard Maloy, Lecturer Fine Arts, Whitecliffe, on show at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Richard Maloy’s video work Things I Have Seen created in 2017 at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo on an Asia New Zealand Foundation residency is currently on show at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, from 1 December 2018 to 18 March 2019. The following text is an interview with the... > Read more

Darryn Melrose announced as new Whitecliffe CEO

Darryn Melrose announced as new Whitecliffe CEO

MEDIA RELEASE Date: 12 November 2018 Darryn Melrose, former Chief Executive of Media Design School, is the new CEO of the country’s leading private art and design school, Whitecliffe College. The College, now owned by Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU), is on an exciting... > Read more

Life After Whitecliffe: Steve Butcher Leaves His Mark On The World

Life After Whitecliffe: Steve Butcher Leaves His Mark On The World

Since graduating from Whitecliffe in 2010, Steve Butcher has been making a name for himself on the international stage for tattoo artistry. Being in such high-demand globally, Steve only spends 1-2 months a year in New Zealand, the rest is spent travelling and in his words, “leaving my mark... > Read more

Arts Therapy Students Handcraft A Weighted Blanket

Arts Therapy Students Handcraft A Weighted Blanket

Demand for the limited number of places on the Whitecliffe Arts Therapy programmes, which focus on visual arts drama, and dance/movement as expressive modalities for therapy, continues to grow each year. In 2016 the Postgraduate Diploma, the foundation year for the programme, was offered in both... > Read more

Socially Engaging Art

Socially Engaging Art

Recently, Fine Arts lecturer Matt Dowman ran a BFA Years 2 and 3 elective class on socially engaging art. This year saw a wide range of social issues being brought to light with the aim of opening the conversation for public discussion and ultimately encouraging action. The class formed groups... > Read more

Whitecliffe Year Four Fashion Branding Competition

Whitecliffe Year Four Fashion Branding Competition

Congratulations to BFA Fashion Design student, Celine Ceraudo on winning the Whitecliffe Year Four Fashion Branding Competition. Sponsored by Identity Solutions, Celine won a branding package worth $500. Identity will produce 500 pieces of each of Celine’s concepts including her neck label,... > Read more

Community Engagement Project - Saucy Soup Kitchen

Community Engagement Project - Saucy Soup Kitchen

As part of the Year One BFA programme, students take part in a community engagement class each year. This year the focus was on exploring the impact of food on society, particularly food waste and... > Read more

Whitecliffe Fine Arts Faculty Announced as Winners of the 2018 Wallace Arts Awards

Whitecliffe Fine Arts Faculty Announced as Winners of the 2018 Wallace Arts Awards

The Wallace Arts Awards, which are awarded annually and are considered the premier New Zealand award for artists, were announced on Monday evening (3 September) at the Pah Homestead in Auckland.... > Read more

Fashion Design Graduates Maggie Hewitt and Sophie Scally Featured in Apparel Magazine

Fashion Design Graduates Maggie Hewitt and Sophie Scally Featured in Apparel Magazine

Fashion Design Graduate Maggie Hewitt has been featured in the August issue of Apparel Magazine. She talks of her inspiration, how her fashion journey started and her contribution to the New... > Read more

Life After Whitecliffe: Ken Khun

Life After Whitecliffe: Ken Khun

Ken graduated with his BFA, majoring in Graphic Design at the end of 2017 and is now doing internships with Verve Magazine and Special Group. In addition to this work he was recently announced as a... > Read more

Whitecliffe Educated: The Student Experience Ella Ranfft

Whitecliffe Educated: The Student Experience Ella Ranfft

For Ella Ranfft, a final year Fine Arts student, being an artist is in her blood. “I have always loved the tactility and colours of paint, both looking and using. There is just something... > Read more

Asia Pacific Education purchases IT tertiary provider Computer Power Plus

Asia Pacific Education purchases IT tertiary provider Computer Power Plus

Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU) announces today (4 September 2018) the acquisition of IT Tertiary Education Provider, Computer Power Plus (CPP). This purchase follows the 100% acquisition... > Read more

2018 Best Design Awards Finalists Announced

2018 Best Design Awards Finalists Announced

Every year, The Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) organises the inaugural Best Design Awards. The awards are divided into multiple categories including Graphic, Spatial, Product,... > Read more

James Goggin Speaks at Whitecliffe

James Goggin Speaks at Whitecliffe

Last week we were honoured to host famous English Graphic Designer, James Goggin who spoke with Whitecliffe students. James is now based in Providence, USA where he teaches at the prestigious Rhode... > Read more

2018 Newmarket Window Display Awards

2018 Newmarket Window Display Awards

The winners of the annual Year 4 Newmarket Window Display competition have been announced. Judged on the creative use of visual communication, proportion and balance to produce impactful and... > Read more

Year 4 Fashion Design Student Finalist in 2018 World of Wearable Arts Show

Year 4 Fashion Design Student Finalist in 2018 World of Wearable Arts Show

Year 4 Fashion Design Student, Clara Wigmore has been named a finalist in the World of Wearable Arts competition for 2018, placing her amongst just 148 designers from all over the world. Commenting... > Read more