New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) - Ceramics

Building on the skills gained at Level 5, you will continue to explore ceramics and develop leadership and professional practice skills to manage projects/briefs and present your work in a real-world context. From here you may choose to progress to our Bachelor of Visual Arts to broaden your skill set and career opportunities.

About the programme

Continue to explore ceramics.  

This programme is designed as a continuation of our New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) - Ceramics

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:

  • Whangārei
  • Auckland
  • Waiheke Island
  • Hamilton
  • Ōtaki
  • Hawke's Bay
  • Christchurch. 

Upon successful completion, progress into our Bachelor of Visual Arts to broaden your skill set and career opportunities. 

 

Studio courses

Studio Methods 3 and Studio Methods 4Be 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.

Studio Arts 1 and Studio Arts 2Explore 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.

Complementary studio courses

Visual Language 2: Develop your knowledge of the language of ceramic practices. You’ll research and present theoretical material relevant to studio practices and production, and analyse and evaluate the content of visual images and objects. You’ll continue to develop a personal visual language in support of your studio work.

Drawing 2: Extend fundamental drawing skills while applying a range of technical and conceptual drawing approaches to the production of independent work. Use drawing as a tool for problem-solving in the studio.

Context and Professional Practice: Develop a contextual framework for discussing studio work in a historical and cultural context. You’ll use examples from a wide range of places and situations and contextualise these within the histories of visual culture in Aotearoa.

Ceramic Finishing: Develop, extend, and document your studio ceramic methods and processes, including research and reflection of glaze, application methods, and alternative technologies.

Studio Methods 3: Develop your individual ceramic studio practice and methodology. Experiment with and evaluate ceramic studio glaze and finishing processes, and learn about sustainable practice in both materials and studio contexts, including Maori considerations of ahi ka.

Studio Methods 4: Identify and utilise specific studio methods relevant to your independent practice and produce a connected collection of experimental studio works.

Studio Arts 1: Explore a range of processes for construction, glaze/finishing and firing of ceramic objects. Learn how to present studio work in a workbook and critique key materials, finishes, processes and historical relationships.

Studio Arts 2: Analyse and present a collection of independent work for exhibition.

Full-time programme structure 

Course Title

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE

 

 

Visual Language 2

6

15

Drawing 2

6

15

Context and Professional Practice      

6

15

Ceramic Finishing

6

15

Studio Methods 3

6

15

Studio Methods 4

6

15

Studio Arts 1

6

15

Studio Arts 2

6

15

Year One total

 

120

Part-time programme structure 

Course Title

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE

 

 

Drawing 2

6

15

Visual Language 2

6

15

Studio Methods 3

6

15

Studio Arts 1

6

15

Year One total

 

60

YEAR TWO

 

 

Context and Professional Practice       

6

15

Ceramic Finishing

6

15

Studio Methods 4

6

15

Studio Arts 2

6

15

Year Two total

 

60

Overall total

 

120

Further study options 

We are part of Te Pūkenga

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic, 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, and 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.