Otago Polytechnic

About Dunedin School of Art

Make, learn and thrive

We provide a true art school experience through hands-on making in spacious, well-equipped workshops and studio facilities.

Our school community is welcoming and supportive allowing you to enrich your own unique art practice and to explore career options. We offer flexible teaching methods that are designed for visual thinkers. Our lecturers are working artists with wide-ranging practices. 

Contact us

Email artoffice@op.ac.nz
19 Riego St, Dunedin 9016
International +64 3 477 3014
New Zealand 0800 762 786



In 1870 David Con Hutton migrated from Scotland to found the Dunedin School of Art, the first art school in New Zealand.



We offer a varied and growing suite of research-based programmes for postgraduate and communities.


Study Abroad and Exchange

Take your study experiences to a new level with Otago Polytechnic's Study Abroad and Exchange programmes.


Student stories

Read more about our inspiring students.


Parent Information

Our graduates work in a wide range of creative and fine art industries in New Zealand and internationally.


Artists in Residence and Artists Adjunct

This programme supports artist residencies who work collaboratively overseas and locally.


Sustainability in Art

We encourage our students to think about their art work in a broad context, to understand its wider impact on our environment and society.


Our staff

Our staff is professional and passionate about inspiring students for their greatest success!


Our Head of School

My MA considered art therapy, while my recent PhD looks at Art, Climate Change, Interdisciplinarity and The Anthropocene - Bridie Lonie