School of Architecture
How to apply
Early applications are welcomed. Late applications will be considered if places are available.
How to apply for architecture
We accept applications until late November, but early applications get priority. We will process late applications in the order we receive them and create a waitlist if we receive more applications than there are places available.
Include these three documents in your application:
- Application (completed online)
- Cover letter
- Portfolio of work
While it may seem daunting to compile a portfolio, it's an important and essential part of the application process. We’ve included some guidance on building your portfolio, cover letter and what you can include in your submission.
Help us get to know you and why you want to do this programme, what interests you about it and what you have done to give yourself the best chance of being accepted.
We want to know your career goals and anything else you think is relevant to your application. Will also need to include your curriculum vitae (resume/CV).
During your application process you will be given the chance to upload your portfolio. If you have any problems email Architecture@op.ac.nz for assistance.
Alternatively, you can also send your digital portfolio on a USB drive.
We prefer digital portfolios but you can send a physical portfolio to us if you need to. A physical portfolio should be submitted in an A4 clear file folder or larger format if possible e.g. A3. Original works are preferred or send photographs or colour photocopies - and make sure it’s all clearly labelled with your name.
Please courier or hand-deliver your portfolio to our address below.
If you want your portfolio returned, include a self-addressed, postage-paid courier package.
Otago Polytechnic - School of Architecture
Attn: Student Administrator for Architecture,
Customer Services, Otago Polytechnic,
F Block, Forth Street, Dunedin 9016
Still at school?
If you’re still at school, the work in your portfolio can be anything you’ve completed over the past year and work you’re developing for NCEA Level 3 portfolios. We don’t need your finished NCEA board, but you can include development work for these if you like. We want to see the work you’ve done in class and the work you’ve done for yourself.
Fill in the application form and upload your cover letter and a PDF of your portfolio.
Got any questions?
Email Architecture@op.ac.nz if you have any questions about your application or portfolio.