Otago Polytechnic

Creative


Organisations around the world are seeking people who can produce innovative and creative solutions. Pursue a career as an artist or designer or work in various dynamic fields including education, fashion, architecture design and marketing.

 

ALL PROGRAMMES

SHORT COURSES

 

Glaze Theory and Practice course

  • Online
  • Two stages over two years*
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Discover the secrets of what happens during the transformational process of firing and take the opportunity to research finishing processes which interest you. This 15-credit course forms part of the Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 6) qualification.

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this programme offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study, tailored to suit your individual goals and requirements.

Master of Fine Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or low residency option
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 9
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Practicing artists will especially benefit from this in-depth research project, which has been benchmarked against national and international standards and culminates in a public exhibition and dissertation.

Master of Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or low residency option
  • 1 year
  • Level 9
  • Starts March and July
  • Apply anytime

Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • 6 months full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

If you are seeking initial engagement in postgraduate study this structured programme is for you! Create a body of critically engaged studio work and write a set essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology) or (Interior Architecture)

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now!

Gain the skills you need to pursue a career in architecture design and the building industry. Prepare to work as an Architectural Technologist or for further study if you want to become an Architect or Interior Architect. In addition, this programme will enable you to develop your awareness of the social responsibilities of designers and technologists within the built environment.

Bachelor of Culinary Arts

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November. Late applications are accepted based on the availability of places in the programme.

Embark on a qualification – the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – that will equip you for a career as a chef, artisan food producer, food writer, teacher, entrepreneur, promoter and much more! An option is available for those with relevant work experience through the assessment of prior learning facilitation process.

Bachelor of Design (Communication)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply by 30 November

Learn about key areas of Communication Design including graphic design, photography, advertising and web design, and gain the skills to pursue a career in a rapidly expanding global media environment. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience.

Bachelor of Design (Fashion)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply by 30 November

Become a skilled, industry-ready fashion professional with this internationally-recognised qualification. This leading fashion degree is recognised for its international opportunities, industry connections and the chance to truly develop your individual style and identity as a designer.

Bachelor of Design (Product)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply by 30 November

Undertake this hands-on, innovative programme and learn about a human-centred, sustainable approach to the design of products, services and systems for commercial, industrial and community use. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience.

Certificate in Digital Photography (Level 5)

  • Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Learn the techniques and skills required to produce memorable and attention-grabbing imagery by specialising in digital imagery and manipulation. This is a great starting point for a photographic career but can also be used as a launch pad into any of the other visually-orientated industries and programmes. Please note: this programme will not run under this name in 2019 (due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions). It will be replaced by the New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)* - more info available soon!

Certificate in Film and Television (Level 4)

  • Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Want a career in the film and television industry? Then this is the perfect programme to get you started and can lead to junior positions or further media training programmes. We have strong professional links with TV production companies and use these links to give you real-world practical production experience during this qualification. Please note: this programme will not run under this name in 2019 (due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions). It will be replaced by the New Zealand Diploma in Digital Media and Design (Level 5)*.

Diploma in Digital Photography (Level 6)

  • Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Gain the skills, technical knowledge and creative expression you need to become a successful commercial photographer. Part of this qualification includes learning how to build your own website, how to market your photography services online and how to run your own photography business. This programme will not run in 2019 under this name due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions. We are currently developing our new Digital Photography qualifications - watch this space!

New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester one in both year one and two)
  • Level 4
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply by 30 November

No matter what direction your creative career takes, you'll benefit from having the ability to learn and apply creative processes, methods and technologies in both art- and design-based studio projects. This programme is great preparation for further study in any creative programme. Successful completion of this Certificate and the New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4) will prepare you for application to the Bachelor of Design (Communication, Fashion or Product), Bachelor of Architectural Studies or the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

New Zealand Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester two in both year one and two)
  • Level 4
  • Starts 23 July 2018
  • Apply by 30 June

Project options in digital photography, digital illustration, web design, moving image, animation and interactivity will allow you to develop real-world skills and a portfolio of work for application to higher level study. Successful completion of this Certificate and the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) will prepare you for application to the Bachelor of Design (Communication, Fashion or Product), Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Bachelor of Visual Arts.

New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July 2018
  • Apply by 30 June

Got a passion for fashion and wondering how to transform that enthusiasm into a career in the fashion industry? Look no further! Embark on this hands-on qualification to acquire the technical skills, knowledge and industry-awareness necessary for further study in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or to gain entry-level roles assisting with design, styling, retail/merchandising, and basic garment construction.

Bachelor of Design (Honours)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

If you have already achieved excellence in your undergraduate degree, this postgraduate qualification is a great opportunity to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practice. Graduates of this programme will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role.

Bachelor of Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or by distance (year 2)*
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February, 2018
  • Apply now

Translate your creativity into a career! A qualification in the Visual Arts will allow you to find employment in an exciting and diverse range of professions such as a practising artist, curator, art educator or researcher. A variety of roles within the digital and film industries would also be possible. *A distance option is available in the second year for those specialising in Photography or Painting. This involves some classes at our Central Otago campus and visits to Dunedin. We are also seeking approval to offer the Year 3 Painting and Photography courses in Central from 2019.

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Ideal if you are a high achiever who intends to pursue further study, this research-focused programme culminates in an exhibition and writings demonstrating your intellectual rigour and professional expertise.

Graduate Diploma in Design (Specialty)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now!

Achieve an applied qualification to complement your degree in a specialist area of design. Ideal if you are a professional designer or practitioner wishing to develop your applied skills and studio project experience.

Master of Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 9
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply now!

This qualification of excellence allows you to develop a significant body of scholarly creative work which is presented in a public forum and supported by an exegesis or equivalent. Alternatively, you can complete this programme through a thesis which could form the basis of academic journal articles. Graduates will be well-prepared for doctoral-level study, an academic career or a lead design or design management role.

Master of Design Enterprise

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now!

Want to develop the ability to provide design and design-led strategy expertise within an organisation or enterprise? Engage in industry-based research tailored to suit your particular needs.

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

  • Distance/online with practical classes in various locations
  • 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Study ceramics with New Zealand's only specialised tertiary programme in Ceramic Arts. 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. From 2019, we will also be offering the New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6)* which Level 5 graduates may wish to transition into to complete further study.

Postgraduate Certificate in Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment. Extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and the professional design environment. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study such as our Postgraduate Diploma in Design* or Master of Design Enterprise qualifications, or for employment in a wide range of creative or design management roles.

Postgraduate Diploma in Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Ideal for graduates who want to extend and deepen their research skills and professional design practices through applied design research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry or community partners. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study such as our Master of Design* or Master of Design Enterprise qualifications, or for a career in design or design management.