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 35 years.

History of College


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


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


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


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.


Fashion and Landscape Design Departments established.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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).


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


Whitecliffe moves to new campus at Balfour Road, Parnell


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.


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


Two Wikiriwhi Scholarships awarded for overseas travel.


Change in ownership: Asia Pacific Education Limited purchases 100% ownership of Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design.

Executive Chairman, Feroz Ali, brings NZ Fashion Tech Limited and Computer Power Plus under the Whitecliffe brand with the establishment of three Colleges:

  1. Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design
  2. Whitecliffe College of Fashion and Sustainability
  3. Whitecliffe College of Technology and Innovation