If you're still at secondary school and are trying to decide on your future career join us for a STAR programme and get a taste of a career before committing to full-time study.
STAR programmes are usually one day, but may be up to five. All of our STAR programmes are aligned with vocational pathways, and some of our programmes also have credits attached.
Please note, you must book through your school. Careers advisors please use the Booking Form to book a place for your students.
All STAR programmes
- Creative Media Taster
- Music Production Taster
- Short Video Production Taster
- Introduction to Illustrator Taster
- Photoshop Taster
- Performing Arts Taster
- Painting and Drawing Taster
- Printmaking Taster
- Interior Design Taster
- Hairdressing Taster
- Beauty Taster
- Barista 4-Day Taster
- Introduction to Cookery Taster
- Provide Table Service in Hospitality Taster
- Prepare and Cook Basic Pasta Taster
- Introduction to Animal Technology Taster
- Business Taster
- Health Taster
- Early Childhood Education Taster
- Horticulture and Arboriculture Taster
- Landscape Taster
- Engineering Taster
- Introduction to Computer Aided Drawing Taster
- MIG Welding Taster
- Automotive Taster
- Carpentry Taster
- Electrical Taster
- Sport Science Taster
Information for students, parents, and caregivers
STAR course times
8.45am-9am - Meet and greet session with STAR coordinator
9am-3pm - In-class with the tutor
Rotokauri Campus: The Hub (S Block) for all courses. Look for the dark green and white STAR sign near the information desk. Course subjects taught here are animal technology, hair and beauty, and all trades, sports and hospitality tasters.
City Campus: The Hub (building with the café, library, and other student services). Look for the dark green and white STAR sign on one of the shared tables. Course subjects taught here are media arts (Photoshop, Illustrator, printmaking, music, short video, interior design, performing arts, painting and drawing, and creative media), early childhood education, health, and business.
Hamilton Gardens Campus: Access via the public car park at Gate 2. Cross the bridge from the car park, over to the Horticulture Education Centre reception. Course subjects taught here are horticulture, arboriculture, and landscape.
At the meet and greet session, students will be required to complete an enrolment form before being taken to their classroom.
Each course will have different clothing requirements. Please check your programme requirements by clicking on the relevant STAR course above.
As STAR courses are booked through the student’s secondary school, you must contact the school if they cannot attend. If your child becomes unwell while attending a STAR course, their school will be contacted.
Upon completion of the STAR course, certificates are emailed to secondary schools, which can be forwarded to students.
Rotokauri: Star students are required to 'pay & display.' Students can park in car park 1 or 2, Star students cannot park in visitor parking as this will incur a parking infringement. Parking costs $1 per hour capped at $6.00
per day, between 8am and 4pm on weekdays. Tickets can be purchased from payment machines located in car parks 1 and 2.
City: NO parking available at the City Campus.
Hamilton Gardens: FREE parking is available at the Hamilton Gardens Campus in the
public car park.
The City Campus is a 1min walk from the Hamilton City Transport Centre, therefore all inner-city BUSIT routes will be a suitable mode of transport. The Orbiter Bus Route runs between the Hamilton City Transport Centre and Rotokauri
Food on campus
Our City, Rotokauri and Hamilton Gardens campuses have excellent cafés serving an array of hot and cold food and espresso coffee. In the student areas of all our campuses, there are microwaves, hot water and snack vending machines. Students are welcome to bring their own packed lunch.
Please click here to view/download the campus maps and to find campus addresses. Please visit the Student Information Centre, A Block City Campus for assistance in person.
Click here for a printable version of the parent information sheet.