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Prof. Leoni Schmidt

Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies
Chairperson, Research and Postgraduate Committee
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Leoni Schmidt is a Professor in the Dunedin School of Art, the Director: Research and Postgraduate Studies at Otago Polytechnic and the Deputy CEO: Academic for Otago Polytechnic's Auckland International Campus. Leoni's doctorate, a D Litt et Phil, is from the University of Johannesburg. She also has an MA (Fine Arts) from the University of the Witwatersrand and a BA (Fine Arts) from the University of South Africa, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching from Otago Polytechnic. Leoni has supervised many postgraduate students up to Master's level in the Dunedin School of Art and PhD candidates at other institutions, and assessed many postgraduate students for a wide range of universities. She also mentors candidates in Otago Polytechnic's Doctorate of Professional Practice programme.

There are strands to Leoni's own research: contemporary drawing and its political agency, and the interface between trauma architecture and contemporary art. Leoni's alignment between her background in philosophy and art history and theory, and her knowledge of contemporary art practice and studio methods, help students to write about their own research practice.