- A passion for design and art
- The ability to communicate your ideas to others
- An interest in people and the world around you
- An enjoyment of working with others
- Open entry
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement.
All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:
- must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
- must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.
Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.
- A portfolio or other evidence to demonstrate creative work. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.
Your portfolio should be a comprehensive view of your current art and design achievements, potential and commitment and include the following:
- A cover letter explaining why you have chosen this programme and outlining your future goals
- A current Curriculum Vitae
- A selection of, but not limited to, drawings/sketches, photographs, images of original objects that you have made, digital art, animations or whatever you feel is visually informative about yourself and your abilities
As a general rule, you should limit your portfolio to no more than 10-12 chosen works showing a variety of techniques and interests.
The portfolio may be submitted in a clearfile, in digital format or uploaded online (15MG file limit applies).
You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate).
You will study
Four x 15-credit courses
- Art and Design History: Research skills in relation to contemporary art and design and understanding cultural contexts within NZ and internationally
- Creative Methodology: A design-based course focusing on idea generation, technical and creative skills, materials and processes.
- Visual Arts Studio: An art-based practical 2D and 3D studio course exploring idea development through drawing, illustration/ cartooning and sculpture
- Studio Project: Students finish the programme, developing their own project with either an art or design focus - this is their choice. They apply skills learnt in the preceding courses. This project finishes in an exhibition of work.
You will receive a list of basic requirements to be purchased during the first week (some class materials are supplied).
Student loans and allowances
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.