Otago Polytechnic

Art

Dunedin School of Art graduates are working in a wide range of careers. They have flexible and transferable skills that make them employable in many fields. These are some of the careers our graduates are working in at present: 

  • Self-employment as practicing artists
  • Teachers in primary and secondary schools
  • Lecturers
  • Access artists (working for the good of people with disabilities)
  • Social entrepreneurs (working for communities)
  • In industry (e.g. at Weta, Natural History NZ, Te Papa)
  • Curators (in galleries, museums and experimental exhibition spaces)
  • Company directors
  • Designers, for companies or free-lance
  • City arts coordinators
  • Studio coordinators
  • Cooperative coordinators
  • Tattoo parlour managers
  • Event managers
  • Programme coordinators (e.g. in art galleries)
  • Dealer gallery owners
  • Managing experimental artist-run exhibition spaces
  • Museum or art school technicians
  • Artist-assistants
  • Artists-in-residence at various national and international institutions.

Design

Communication Design, Architectural Studies, Fashion, Product and Creative Studies

Design graduates are well-prepared for a range of creative career options in the fields of communication, fashion, interior architecture and product design. They learn to work in multidisciplinary teams and gain industry experience through work placements, internships and live client and community projects. Graduates are working as graphic designers, illustrators, web designers and animators, interactive, exhibition and retail display designers, photographers and digital film-makers, fashion writers, stylists, designers, pattern-makers, production managers and buyers as well as designing domestic and commercial interiors, lighting, furniture, homewares, sporting goods, and a range of services. Design salaries vary depending on experience and the industry in which you work.

Is a career in the creative industry for me?

You’re on the right track if you have a passion for art and/or design, are creative and imaginative, and can share your ideas with others. School subjects such as art, art history and English would be a definite advantage and a current portfolio demonstrating your level of interest, vision and commitment is often required.

Capable NZ

Have you been working in the art or design field for years, but don’t have a formal qualification? Capable NZ can assess your experience and identify if there are any gaps that can be filled through further study.

Need help?

If you’re having trouble making a decision or just need to talk to someone about your options, our Career Services team can help.

Don’t have the required academic qualifications to study a Creative programme? No problem! Check out our bridging options.