Otago Polytechnic

Ceramic Arts

 

Ceramic Arts allows students to explore three-dimensional expression. Ceramic work can range from innovative, figurative and sculptural pieces to finely-made vessels. 

Study Ceramics as a contemporary art practice at Otago Polytechnic and be part of the only dedicated ceramics studio in New Zealand. You will benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay making workshops.

 

Career outcomes

 

 

Become familiar with glaze technologies and develop ways of working that are appropriate for your artistic ideas. Emphasis is on exploration and experimentation by extending the material qualities, processes and potential of ceramics as a medium for contemporary art practice. You will develop individual projects which explore ceramics as a medium with its own formal language, skills and history.

 


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PROGRAMMES
Certificate

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 now

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 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.

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) - Ceramics programme

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 5
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

Building on the skills gained at Level 5, continue to explore ceramics and develop leadership and professional practice skills to manage projects/briefs and present your work in a real-world context. Progress into our Bachelor of Visual Arts to broaden your skill set and career opportunities. (*subject to final approval)

Degree

Bachelor of Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • 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.

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.

Postgraduate

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.

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.

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.

Night classes

Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 18 February, 29 April, 15 July and 16 September 2019
  • 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.

 

 

  Lecturers and coordinators

Lecturers: Scott Eady, MFA, Michele Beevors, MFA, MA

Diploma in Ceramic Arts Co-ordinator/Technician and Lecturer: Rob Cloughley, MFA
Rob is the Diploma in Ceramic Art programme coordinator and Ceramic Lecturer within the Dunedin School of Art. He has worked for Otago Polytechnic since 2002 and holds a Master of Fine Art. Rob's practice is in Ceramic Sculpture and he teaches a wide variety of ceramic related topics. Contact: Rob Cloughley.

Programme Advisor: Neil Grant, DFA
Neil mentors students in the Ceramics studio for BVA and DCA programmes.

  Facilities

The department has wood, salt, electric and gas kilns, electric wheels and online research facilities for student use.