Otago Polytechnic

Short Courses


Learn new skills for enjoyment or employment! Whether you want to upskill and don’t have time for traditional tertiary study or you just want to learn something new for fun, we offer a wide range of short courses and night classes.

 

ALL PROGRAMMES

 

Art

Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Digital Painting

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

Digital Painting has become a key element within the film and game industry's developmental pipeline. In an industry that continues to grow, the ability to draw and paint digitally has become essential. If you have an imagination and a passion for film and games, why not give it go. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of Digital Painting in Photoshop.

Drawing with confidence night class (held in Wanaka)

  • Wanaka
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

Explore art methods and media, learn new skills, discover what you enjoy most and develop creative ideas!

Introduction to Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term (Tuesday or Friday, 6.00pm-8.00pm)*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Introduction to Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term. These may include basic ring making or using resin for colour, translucency and embedding.

Introduction to Printmaking night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

We deal with printed images every day. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is a print; photocopies, posters, photographs etc. This class teaches a process-based approach to making prints.

Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term. These may include basic ring making or using resin for colour, translucency and embedding.

Life Drawing night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing.

Photography night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

Time to start crafting your photos!! This class is great for those that have completed the Introduction to Photography course and want to add to the skills they have previously learned. It is also ideal for those who are confident with the setting of their camera but would like to work on the composition of their images. This course covers Composition, Lighting (in the lighting studio), Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, a Darkroom Taster, Digital Scanning and Printing.

Printmaking class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term*
  • Starts Various*
  • Apply anytime

This class teaches a process-based approach to making art, covering the technical aspects of printmaking, looking at how the processes and functions inform the strategy of making art; at how the medium or technique exists as the means to realise an idea. It is suitable for those with prior printmaking experience.

 


Design

Communication Design Winter Camp

  • Dunedin
  • 4 days: Mon 16 - Thurs 19 July 2018 (10.00am-1.00pm and/or 2.00pm-5.00pm)
  • Starts Mon 16 July 2018
  • Apply anytime

A range of digital design options will be offered as part of our visual design short courses for 2018. Our Communication Design Winter Camp is held during the mid-year school holidays to allow secondary students to attend.

Design and Graphics short course

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts Fri 23 & Sat 24 March 2018 or Fri 17 & Sat 18 August 2018
  • Apply anytime

Learn to create your own professional marketing and promotional materials using Adobe Suite design software.

Fashion Skills

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days, 10.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts Wed 11 and Thurs 12 July 2018
  • Apply anytime

Come and join us at the School of Design for a two-day, hands-on workshop where you will explore fashion making in a creative and fun environment. All patternmaking and construction techniques will focus on sustainable fashion industry practices.This course is offered in the mid-year school holidays so secondary students can take advantage of this opportunity.

Industrial Garment Construction Techniques (Fashion Design Technology Series)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 evening classes (5.00pm-7.00pm)
  • Starts Tuesday 8, 15 & 22 May 2018
  • Apply anytime

Explore the world of industrial sewing and garment construction with no-fail solutions to perfect pockets, flys, zippers and collars.

Laser Cutting for Design short course

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days, 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Starts Fri 25 and Sat 26 May 2018
  • Apply anytime

Be introduced to the latest laser cutting technology and CAD software with an opportunity to create your own designed object/s from a range of materials including wood, card and plastic.

Pattern Making (Fashion Design Technology Series)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 evening classes (5.00pm-7.00pm)
  • Starts Tuesday 13, 20 & 27 March 2018
  • Apply anytime

Create patterns from base pattern blocks with this basic to intermediate level course, taught by our technical expert, Annette Cadogan. Learn about pattern manipulation, standard size & fit, and bodice, skirt, dress and/or trouser blocks depending on your skill level.

Textile Printing short course

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days, 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Starts Fri 20 & Sat 21 April 2018
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to create your own personalised fabrics for fashion and interiors. During this practical workshop you will be introduced to textile print processes including screen printing using stencils, techniques and colour. You will design an original textile print and produce samples and a final piece of resolved work.

 


Construction

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts 24-25 March, 2018 (intake full) - further 2018 dates pending
  • Apply anytime

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and during this two day course you will build a free-standing wall.

Oamaru Stone Carving

  • Central Campus
  • 5 days
  • Starts 16 October 2017
  • Apply anytime

Take this short course to learn design skills and appropriate tools for Oamaru Stone Carving.

Stone paving for the garden short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to lay natural stone paving for paths, driveways and outdoor entertaining areas.

 


Health, Community & Education

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for New Zealand Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • 5-8 weeks full-time
  • Starts 20 July and 28 September 2018
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Complete this theoretical and applied programme to obtain a current Annual Practising Certificate. Acquire the most up-to-date skills and knowledge required to be part of a healthcare team in New Zealand.

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for Overseas Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • 8-12 weeks full-time
  • Starts 20 July and 28 September 2018
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Ideal if you need a Competency Assessment Programme to obtain nursing registration in New Zealand. Gain the specific knowledge required to practice as part of a healthcare team in the New Zealand system.

Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi – credits towards the Certificate in Mata a Ao Māori (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days
  • Starts 21 March, 3 July, 12 September or 20 November 2018
  • Apply anytime

This two day workshop provides an environment in which you can explore the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications in a non-confrontational, collaborative process.

Recertification and Registration Competence Programme for New Zealand Midwives and Overseas Midwives

  • Online
  • Flexible*
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

We offer four courses, approved by the Midwifery Council, as part of the Registration Competence Programme for overseas midwives and Recertification Programme for New Zealand registered midwives.

 


Hospitality

Coffee-making short course

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 7 June 2018
  • Apply anytime

Want to learn the art of coffee-making? This one day course will teach you how to make a great cup of coffee!

Food Safety: Unit 167

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts Thu 5 April and Thu 25 Oct 2018 (Dunedin); Thu 14 June 2018 (Central)
  • Apply anytime

Working with food? This unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business. This course is also run as a STAR course for secondary school students.

Food Safety: Unit 168

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • 1 day per unit
  • Starts Fri 6 Apr and Fri 26 Oct (Dunedin); To be confirmed (Central)
  • Apply anytime

Working with food? There is a high chance you will need to attend this course. It is a legal requirement in some workplaces, and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business. This course is also run at our Central Otago campus as a STAR course for secondary school students.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Central Otago)

  • Central Otago
  • 1 day (8.30am-5pm)
  • Starts 18 June 2018
  • Apply 10 days before each start date

This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a Duty Manager position in a licensed premise and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Dunedin)

  • Dunedin
  • 2 days (9.00am-3.00pm)
  • Starts 16 April, 21 May, 11 September or 26 November, 2018
  • Apply anytime

This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a supervisory position in a licensed premise, and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.

STAR - Espresso Coffee/Coffee Origin and Production

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days
  • Starts - please enquire
  • Apply anytime

Develop a knowledge of espresso coffee equipment and recipes, and learn about coffee origin and production.

 


Veterinary Nursing

Basic Equine Behaviour short course

  • Various*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

Find out what your horse means when they "smile" and use other facial expressions.

Equine First Aid short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible.
  • Apply anytime

If you have a love of horses and would like to learn how to treat them in an emergency situation, the Equine First Aid course is for you.

Introduction to Equine Emergency Rescue short course

  • Dunedin and others*
  • 3 hours
  • Starts Flexible
  • Apply anytime

This course is suitable for veterinary professionals, horse owners and members of the emergency service. Participants in this introductory course will learn some valuable skills to help rescue horses from difficult or dangerous situations.