Elna Fourie


Academic Staff Member

Contact Info

07 834 8800 ​​​​x 8262
P Block, corner of Collingwood and Tristram, Hamilton


Elna is an academic staff member within the School of Media Arts. She teaches on the communication pathway of the Bachelor of Media Arts, as well as several project-based, intermedia modules that involve students from across creative disciplines and programmes in the school.

With several modules that focus on skills in business and project management within creative industries, Elna believes the school offers students real opportunities to craft careers from their creative talents.



Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts with Honours, Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, Certificate in Adult and Tertiary Education, Certificate in Adult Teaching​.

Areas of Expertise

​Communication, Project Management, Business Practice, Career Development​.

Industry Experience, Affiliations and Achievements

Elna graduated with a Bachelor of Media Arts with Honours, majoring in English and Screen and Media Studies, from the University of Waikato in 2008. A recipient of a University of Waikato Masters Research Scholarship, Elna completed a Master of Arts in 2010, and also a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

She is currently treasurer and executive committee member of the New Zealand Communication Association (NZCA), an associate member of the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ), a member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ), and an affiliate member of the Technical Communicator’s Association of New Zealand (TechCommNZ).

Research Activity

Elna has presented research at local and national conferences, with a focus on communication skills and graduate employability skills. She has also completed Wintec Research Voucher projects for community organisations, most recently a project looking at arts funding within the Waikato region. Elna has a growing interest in developing and collaborating on project-based, multidisciplinary research that addresses needs or areas of interest identified by industry and community partners. Read more of Elna's research here.

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Research at the School of Media Arts​

The School of Media Arts operates across a rich range of applied media practice and theory; graphic design, digital design, contemporary art, photography, moving image, creative writing, interior design, fashion design, music, journalism, public relations and advertising. The breadth of the school’s applied and academic knowledge, combined with a growing postgraduate programme and industry/community engagement offers a unique platform for a productive research culture.