Dunedin School of Art

Established in 1870, the Dunedin School of Art is New Zealand’s first art school. With specialty studio spaces and lecturers with national and international practices, this is the place to nurture your creative, technical and theoretical approaches.

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.

Our location

Dunedin School of Art
19 Riego Street
Dunedin North
Dunedin 9016

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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.

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Provide learners with real life experience

Our learners can add value to your organisation through internships and research projects.

Provide learners with real life experience

Contact us

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