Dunedin School of Art

Established over 150 years ago 1870, Dunedin School of Art is New Zealand’s first art school. If you’re in pursuit of discovering your potential, creativity and excellence, this is the place for you.

Create, learn and thrive

The Dunedin School of Art provides an unparalleled experience. Our innovative and expert tuition will foster your pursuit of excellence in visual arts and culture, and encourage you to develop versatility and self-sufficiency as an artist.

You are taught by expert artists while you explore your creativity in our well-equipped workshops. Our school community is welcoming and supportive allowing you to enrich your own unique art practise and to explore career options. We offer flexible teaching methods that are designed for visual thinkers. Our lecturers are working artists with wide-ranging practices.

How you learn

You learn in a model that shifts between shared courses on the development of ideas, concepts and approaches, and more self-directed work on your own artistic development in well-appointed workshops.

You gain the time-honoured artistic skills of developing concepts to give them form, or, in te reo, whaka ahua.

Along with excellent pedagogy, we also provide you with spaces to exhibit your work to the public. The Dunedin School of Art Gallery is the centre of our building and our practices, used by all within the school at different times and by many professional artists.

Every year, our students across disciplines, exhibit their work at our annual exhibition, SITE. It is the best time for the public to visit our spaces as all our students proudly display their work in curated spaces.

Our seminar programme and research projects allow us to invite the public to hear the school’s skilled artists and educators together with significant visiting artists and theorists. Our faculty also regularly exhibit their work, as often overseas as here in Ōtepoti/Dunedin.



Deepen your knowledge and skills with postgraduate study. Access world-class resources, flexibility and hands-on research methodologies.

Art Night Classes

Our Night Classes are enjoyed by many in Dunedin! Choose from a range of different studio disciplines and indulge your creativity. You’ll be taught by a master of their craft and have access to the great facilities at the Dunedin School of Art.

Courses generally run for a term, one evening a week, and cater to varying skill levels; from beginner right through to advanced. We recommend booking your class in advance as there is often a wait-list. Click on the night classes we offer to see term dates and costs.

Contact us

If you want to know more about what we offer or you would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.