Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice

The Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice offers a studio-based education that reflects the diversity and complexity of contemporary art practices.  The programs engage with a diverse set of ideas and materials to imagine and explore the creation of new objects and images.  Visual Art and Material Practice has a strong emphasis on conceptual, technical and historical knowledge. Students work in a stimulating, supportive environment where they learn new skills and concepts and are encouraged to be self-reliant and resourceful. Our teaching faculty are artists dedicated to providing students with a positive, productive, learning community immersed in contemporary art practices.

The Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice has studio programs that focus in ceramics, drawing, illustration, painting, photography, print media and sculpture, which along with art history and studio seminars lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. We pride ourselves in knowing that we are graduating artists who research, produce, and present their artwork within a broad global cultural economy and become leaders in a world that is constantly changing.

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Dr. Aoife Mac Namara, Dean until August 31, 2015

Judy Davis, Dean

TBA, Assistant Dean, Visual Arts Curriculum

TBA, Assistant Dean, Public Engagement

Dr. Ruth Beer, Assistant Dean, Research


Current Visual Art + Material Practice Faculty




Visual Arts

General Fine Arts (External degree with North Island College)


Art + Text

Curatorial Practice