With a range of courses across several media, including painting, printmaking, photography, and design, we offer a world-class visual arts education.

Rangitoto College is proud to have a vibrant and creative Visual Arts Department. We have experienced and enthusiastic teachers who are committed to developing great students and providing great opportunities.

Learning under the Visual Arts curriculum offers students multiple chances to embrace their own individualism while forging new connections with the ideas and approaches of other creative thinkers. Visual Arts students really appreciate the broad choices offered within courses, where they are supported to develop an individualised style and to come up with creative solutions to problems.

Art students learn to have excellent self-management skills, which are transferable to other subject areas and they are given multiple opportunities to connect with the real world through exhibitions, collaborative projects, and artist visits. By applying 21st century skills, such as creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking during art projects, students discover new ways to communicate visual ideas, while also honing their practical skills in a range of media, both traditional and contemporary.

  • Full range of senior NCEA subjects available as well as IB (dependent on numbers)
  • Excellent resources including two media suites fitted with Macs
  • Experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable staff
  • Extra-curricular and leadership opportunities available, including yearly exhibition, access to local competitions, and after school clubs
  • Supportive, collaborative, and individualised learning environments
I took Design to challenge myself to show creativity through the art of combining text and pictures. I would highly recommend Design to students wanting to go down this pathway in University and also for anyone wanting to start something new and fun.
- Veti Afu, Year 12 Design

Paul Stevens

Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Photography), Graduate Diploma of Arts (Art History), Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary)

With a background as a photographer and with over a decade of experience as a secondary school art teacher, I am passionate about the opportunities which a visual arts education represents, both in the diverse and vibrant creative industries (a massive area of growth in Aotearoa) and more importantly in the possibilities of self-actualisation which comes with a deep knowledge-rich engagement with the arts. Creativity, craft, collaboration, curiosity, citizenship, and critical inquiry: our ‘C’s which empower our students and expand their horizons are essential to living a full life. We teach as part of our mission to create a better world for all of our students, and the arts show them how they can be a part of this too.