Creative arts college rated world class

Massey’s College of Creative Arts has become the first art and design school outside North America to be awarded a highly prestigious mark of quality.

The College’s Pro Vice-Chancellor Claire Robinson says contrary to Prime Minister John Key’s comments that Wellington is dying, this is “a sure sign that the creative heart of this city is not only alive; it’s kicking ass!”



Supporting future-oriented learning and teaching – a New Zealand perspective

This research project draws together findings from new data and more than 10 years of research on current practice and futures-thinking in education. The report discusses some emerging principles for future learning, how these are currently expressed in New Zealand educational thinking and practice and what they could look like in future practice.


Apple, Google, Facebook & Amazon – Amazing spaces

The plans call for “a series of intersecting spheres with ample space for a wide range of planting material, as well as individuals working alone or in groups.”

Google – Called Bay View, it will have nine rectangular buildings, horizontally bent, with living roofs surrounded by courtyards and connected by bridges. No employee will be more than a two-and-a-half-minute walk away from any colleague, a design aimed at encouraging collaboration.

Facebook hired Gehry to bring his trademark style of unexpected angles and understated drama to what is essentially one enormous open-plan office, where a worker can wander from one end to the other without ever going through a door. The rooftop serves as a park.

“Employees are more productive in the right kinds of environments. That may be more expensive, but if it pays back in a 5 per cent productivity increase, that may be really smart,” he added.


Experiment – Student Workspaces

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  • I didn’t get as many responses for this as I wanted as it was really hard to get people to send me photos, however I am able to get an idea of personal workspaces through the responses that I have got.
  • I was very suprised with the outcome – was expecting more inspiring, creative spaces as they were all from design students. Most of the spaces consist of a computer, paper, drinks, pens, books and other random bits and pieces. There was hardly any ‘personalised’ environments, only a couple had posters/images on the walls. Most of them were quite messy – wrappers, empty glasses, plates etc. This shows that it is a space that they can do whatever they like with and make it their own, not having to pack everything up each time like at Uni.
  • Most workspaces had headphones in them – shows that even at home students listen to music while working.
  • One respondant said she only does her work at Uni so her workspace changes daily. Asked her how she feels about this – hates it on Mon & Tues as classes take up all the room, can’t use desks and computers. Likes it after 6pm when all the younger years leave.
  • Dependent on what they’re doing – can’t read and listen to music at the same time. Music is distracting sometimes. Jazz – no words to distract. Can’t listen to music when concentrating. Illustration major – plays animated movies in background. Inspires her to persevere.
  • Listening to music and getting in the zone.
  • Types of music listened to – slow, relaxing, instrumental, electronic, rap, hip-hop, alternative, indie – big mix of genres. What does this show? Music that suits the individual – personalised. Some overlaps but generally different.
  • Comfortable space – adapt it to the way they want it. Coffee cups, plates, food etc.
  • Composition of music and workspace – able to get an idea of the individual and their preferred learning environment.

Exploration – Instagram Workspaces


I thought it would be interesting to see if people post photos of their workspaces for others to see. I found that there were 30,544 photos tagged ‘workspace’ on Instagram. There were a huge range of different spaces that were created and personalised by each individual. There were lots of inspiring, creative and visually appealing environments.The fact that people have shared their personal spaces shows that it is a place they are proud of and that they want others to see. Lots of them displayed visual inspiration and other items such as coffee cups, food and headphones. Through this we are able to take a glimpse into the lives of others and see how they create an environment that encourages their individual learning potential.

Exploration – Inspiring Workspaces


I found so many inspiring workspaces that I would love to have! Most of them have things up on the walls as visual inspiration – photographs, quotes, patterns. The spaces were personalized to the individual and created to reflect their personality and learning style. Most of the spaces weren’t very big, but they still contained everything that the individual needs. A commonality is that there is lots of colour and visual inspiration. As a creative person I find that this is important to have in the environment where you are working. There are coffee cups, plants, flowers and food – shows that these people are creating both an inspiring and comfortable space that is created with their own wants and needs in mind – rather than a space that caters for the majority.

Experiment – Creating a better space

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1. Placed on Level D – Lack of responses. Was easy for people to see but could have placed it where there was more foot traffic moving through the space.

2. Placed on Level E – This one recieved the most responses! Someone had even left a pen with it – think this made a big influence on the amount of feedback it recieved. Think that my use of tone and language for this one helped encourage people. ‘Awesome’ – fun, casual, encouraging. This space mostly inhabits 400 level – know how passionate they are about the space. Some humorous responses and some more serious – about how the space is used and what would make things easier/improve it. Encourages convo and engagement from students. What they want from/in their learning environment to create the space that they want. People crossing out, adding to/replying to responses from other people – creating a conversation between the student body. Students want more space, more tools to use, desks and walls that can be moved and arranged for the active users of the space. A fluid, flexible space – adaptable to suit the learner – create their own learning experience. Humourous responses – puppies, squirrels, why can’t we be friends?? If cheerleaders gave away cheeseburgers, bottle of vodka appeared in the fridge for Friday night fun, if there was free beer, if there were mats to sit on like in primary school, if people weren’t so fucking noisy! Shows that students are thinking about the space in more than just a practical way. Needs a fun aspect to it.

3. Placed on Level E – only a couple of responses but they were fun – Petting zoo/ball pit – best response! This is what the space needs – obviously not in the literal sense, but it needs fun and inspiring things. Drawing on everything – students engaging, inspiring, creating, sharing ideas.