New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) - Ceramics programme

This programme has an emphasis on exploration and experimentation. You will develop individual projects which study ceramics as a medium with its own formal language, skills and history, within a broader context of fine arts and crafts.

About the programme

Study ceramics with New Zealand's only specialised tertiary programme in Ceramic Arts. 

The Ceramics Studio at Otago Polytechnic is the largest in the country and the department has strong partnerships across the country. The programme is delivered on site in Dunedin and also by distance in; Auckland, Waiheke, Hamilton, Otaki, Hawkes Bay and Christchurch where distance students can undertake practical classes. 

This programme has an emphasis on exploration and experimentation. You will develop individual projects which study ceramics as a medium with its own formal language, skills and history, within a broader context of fine arts and crafts.  

Successful completion of this programme could lead to you becoming a successful practising artist, with the ability to understand and use your creativity to contribute significantly to your community.

The transferable skills you gain during this programme will also be highly valued in a variety of fields in the art, education and design sectors.

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We also offer this programme over two years part-time.

Courses

This programme is made up of four studio-specific courses and complimentary courses that add to the students understanding of the history and theory of art making, as well as drawing, specific technical glaze methods and research methods. 

Studio Courses

Studio Methods 1 and Studio Methods 2

Be introduced to the core skills needed in the development of art work in this medium. Through a variety of studio techniques, you will learn how to transfer ideas into clay. Technical research and exploration of material in response to a given brief is key to this part of the course.

Ceramic Arts 1 and Ceramic Arts 2

Explore and extend your technical skills and knowledge about Ceramics practice. Make objects and artefacts that develop a personal concept of the medium in both functional and non-functional applications.

Complimentary Studio Courses

Visual Language 1

Become familiar with the language of art and design. Formal art/design elements will be considered alongside key theoretical ideas which inform contemporary practices of visual and oral culture. You will be required to evaluate and critique visual culture, research theoretical texts and apply your research to write an academic essay and craft an oral presentation.

Drawing 1

Gain the technical skills and a variety of media which are vital to the production of works in Drawing and Design while broadening your understanding of the visual arts. You will be introduced to analytical aspects of observational drawing and, under direction, you will develop and complete a series of specific technical drawing exercises.

Art/Craft Theory and History 1

Enjoy being introduced to a variety of ways of thinking and writing about the visual arts in a historical context. This course also tracks the significance of art throughout history in relation to different cultural and social structures, including local indigenous culture.  

Glaze Practical 1

Through online learning and studio technical research, you will be introduced to the specifics of Glaze formula and recipe. You will make, test and evaluate glaze finishing methods in studio outcomes.

Full-time programme structure 

Course name

Level

Credit

Visual Language 1

5

15

Drawing 1

5

15

Art/Craft Theory and History 1

5

15

Glaze Practical 1

5

15

Studio Methods 1

5

15

Studio Methods 2

5

15

Ceramic Arts 1

5

15

Ceramic Arts 2

5

15

Year One total

 

120

Part-time programme structure 

Course name

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE

 

 

Drawing 1

5

15

Visual Language 1

5

15

Studio Methods 1

5

15

Ceramic Arts 1

5

15

Year One total

 

60

YEAR TWO

 

 

Art/Craft Theory and History 1

5

15

Glaze Practical 1

5

15

Studio Methods 2

5

15

Ceramic Arts 2

5

15

Year Two total

 

60

Total

 

120

Further study options

We also offer the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) which Level 5 graduates may wish to transition into to complete further study. The successful completion of the Level 6 programme can then be a step towards our Bachelor of Visual Arts degree.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.