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Kia ora and welcome to the Dunedin School of Art

Study Art to enrich your life and make a valuable contribution to contemporary life!

Art graduates find their niche in a variety of fields. These are some of the main types of careers our graduates are working in at present:

  • Self-employment as practising artists
  • Professional photographers
  • Teachers in primary and secondary schools
  • Lecturers
  • Access artists (working for the good of people with disabilities)
  • Social entrepreneurs (working for communities)
  • Industry (e.g. at Weta, Natural History NZ, Te Papa
  • Curators (in galleries, museums and experimental exhibition spaces)
  • Company directors
  • Designers for companies or as free-lance
  • City arts coordinators
  • Studio coordinators
  • Cooperative coordinators
  • Tattoo parlour managers
  • Event managers
  • Programme coordinators (e.g. in art galleries)
  • Dealer gallery owners
  • Managing experimental artist-run exhibition spaces
  • Museum or art school technicians
  • Artist-assistants
  • Artists-in-residence at various national and international institutions

Work placements will commence this year, providing our students with real-world experience and the opportunity to explore their career options. For information or advice please email

Programme applications

Applications are open for all of our 2014 second semester and 2015 programmes. We prefer that you apply by the date listed on the online information sheet for that programme. However, late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For undergraduate support and advice, please contact For postgraduate support and advice, please contact

Greetings to Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha

The Dunedin School of Art extends our greetings to Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe and Waitaha as the mana whenua of the Dunedin area. 

Is a career in art for me?

Are you creative and imaginative? Do you believe you have talent? If you are able to think laterally and independently, are motivated, have a good work ethic, and are willing to be open-minded and adaptable – art could be the ideal choice for you! 

Capable NZ

Have you been working in art for years but don’t have a formal qualification? Capable NZ can assess your experience and identify if there are any gaps that can be filled through further study.

Need help?

If you’re having trouble making a decision or just need to talk to someone about your options, our Career Services team or the friendly staff at the Dunedin School of Art can help.

Don’t have the required academic qualifications to study an Art programme? No problem! Check out our bridging options.

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 Message from Head of School Leoni Schmidt

Dear students, colleagues and friends of the Dunedin School of Art,

We are looking forward to a productive and creative second semester in 2014. I invite you to attend our weekly seminars and regular exhibitions and other events – all welcome and free of charge. Please view the news and events at the top of the page and our facebook page to see what’s going on amongst our community of artists in the School.

The Dunedin School of Art is committed to hands-on studio skills training in conjunction with the conceptual development of our students. We aim to prepare students for lifelong work and participation in a wide range of arts related fields. Our graduates are able to engage with the art world of the 21st Century and they make valuable contributions to communities wherever they find themselves.

I’m looking forward to working with you all through the second part of this year, to seeing work completed by students near the end of 2014, and to welcoming visitors to our community and our events. My door is always open for students, parents, and all those interested in what we do in the Dunedin School of Art. Please come and talk to me if you have any ideas about how we can engage ever more widely with our communities. 

Professor Leoni Schmidt
Head: Dunedin School of Art.

Prof. Leoni Schmidt at the Rudolf Stingel exhibition, Venice 2013.

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