Ceramics

Study Ceramics at Otago Polytechnic and explore this three-dimensional art to create anything from innovative, figurative, and sculptural pieces, to finely made vessels. We have the only dedicated ceramics study studio in New Zealand.

 

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During your ceramics studies, you will learn to develop individual projects which explore ceramics as a medium with its own language, skills and history. With our hands-on approach to study, you can fully immerse yourself in your work with your own dedicated studio space surrounded by passionate peers.

In our degree or diploma programmes, you will study core art courses followed by ceramics as your chosen elective, or you can choose to develop your textile skills in one of our shorter programmes. Learn how our Bachelor of Visual Arts is structured across the three years - click here.

Study Visual Arts with us and you’ll be taught at the renowned Dunedin School of Art. This is New Zealand’s oldest public art school, with a tradition of teaching excellence and a focus on developing your creativity for real-world employment within this growing industry. Our art school and its incredible facilities are celebrated for producing some of New Zealand’s most successful working artists.

Ceramics qualifications

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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.

Duration

32 Weeks Full-time

Delivery

Online with workshops, On campus

Location

Dunedin, Multi-location

Career potential

Practicing Artist

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Building on the skills gained at Level 5, you will continue to explore ceramics and develop leadership and professional practice skills to manage projects/briefs and present your work in a real-world context. From here you may choose to progress to our Bachelor of Visual Arts to broaden your skill set and career opportunities.

Duration

32 Weeks Full-time

Delivery

On campus, Online with workshops

Location

Dunedin, Multi-location

Career potential

Practicing Artist

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Our Bachelor of Visual Arts will set you up for an exciting and diverse range of creative professions. During your first year, you will study core art courses, methodology, and art history. You will then choose a studio discipline to develop your talent in your chosen passion. The eight studio disciplines include ceramics, electronic arts, jewellery and metalsmithing, print, photography, painting, sculpture and textiles.

Duration

3 Years Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Practicing Artist, Researcher

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If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this qualification offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study in your chosen discipline.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Practicing Artist, Researcher

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Ideal if you want to develop research skills in studio and theory, or pursue further postgraduate study. By the end of the programme, you will produce a body of critically engaged studio work, supported by a conceptual research paper.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

Art

If you want a taster of postgraduate study in arts, this programme is for you. You will develop studio work and write an essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Duration

6 Months Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

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The perfect opportunity to undertake practical and theory-based guided art research. Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills through an original exhibition and associated writing. The Master of Visual Arts is a logical extension to this programme if you decide to continue your study journey.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

Art

This degree is suitable for you if you want to become a professional arts practitioner. You will carry out original research culminating with a public exhibition and dissertation.

Duration

2 Years Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

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Deep dive into practical- and theory-based research through this advanced qualification. In semester one, you will develop studio work, an oral seminar paper and an essay for critical feedback. You will build on this work in semester two by producing an original exhibition and an extended 7,500-word essay.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

Distance, On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Design Researcher, Lead Designer , Practicing Artist

Art Studio Disciplines

Art Studio Disciplines

Choose from our eight dedicated studio areas in our Bachelor of Visual Arts.

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