Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 5) - Ceramics programme

Location

Distance/online with practical classes in various locations 

Duration
One year full-time; two years part-time
Delivery

Online theory papers with practical classes at various New Zealand locations 

Credits
120
Level
5
Start
February, 2018
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    19 February 2018
Study ceramics with New Zealand's only specialised tertiary programme in Ceramic Arts. 

The Ceramics Studio at Otago Polytechnic is the largest in the country and the department has strong partnerships across the country. This has led to the establishment of six studio locations in Auckland, Waiheke, Hamilton, Otaki, Hawkes Bay and Christchurch where distance students can undertake practical classes. 

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.  

Successful completion of this programme could lead to you becoming a successful practising artist, with the ability to understand and use your creativity to contribute significantly to your community.

The transferable skills you gain during this programme will also be highly valued in a variety of fields in the art, education and design sectors.

Skills required  
  • Creativity and imagination.
  • The ability to think laterally and independently.
  • To be motivated and have a good work ethic.
  • Confidence and the ability to accept criticism.
  • To be adaptable and open to new ideas.
Entry requirements   
  • Four years of secondary school education, with a minimum of 48 NCEA Level 2 credits across four subjects, OR
  • Equivalent qualifications or experience.  
  • You must demonstrate an interest in art.
  • You must undertake an interview and submit a portfolio. This must be no larger than 15MB if you are applying online. Please see the section below for more information about the portfolio requirements.
  • International students will be individually assessed to ensure they have an acceptable level of secondary school achievement. Click here to see your country's equivalent entry criteria.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent, from one test taken in the preceding two years. 
Cross credits

If you have studied art at tertiary level previously you may be able to cross credit some subjects. Please email artoffice@op.ac.nz for more information. 

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records, proof of residency (where appropriate) and curriculum vitae

Selection procedure and portfolio requirements

Early applications are preferred as some areas have limited placements.

Portfolio requirement

  • We require examples of your artwork and the ways that you develop your ideas. Your examples need to show us your working processes and your ability to use a range of materials.
  • If you have been working in the NCEA system, please send us twelve (12) examples of your finished works and of your working processes from your folders.
  • If you have not been working in the NCEA system, please send us six (6) examples of finished work and six (6) pages of sketches or workbook pages.
  • Please submit your portfolio digitally (15MB file size limit if you are applying online) or in an A4 folder. Please do not submit originals as we do not return application folders.

Thank you. We are looking forward to seeing your artwork.

Writing requirement

Please include with your portfolio:

1. An essay or written text of at least a page (300 words). You may include writing produced for any of your NCEA subjects or if you don't have these, you may write a new piece on any topic of your choice. Please note: If you have a bachelor’s or higher-level degree, please submit evidence of your qualification(s) instead of an essay or written text. 

2. A double-spaced letter of not more than one page (300 words) explaining why you want to come to art school and what your experiences of art may have been to date. This may include all or some of the following:

> why art is important to you, the community and the wider world
> your expectations for your own future after your studies
> art galleries you may be familiar with
> artists whose work you may know
> art skills you may have already gained.

If you have any questions regarding your portfolio, or need any advice, please contact artoffice@op.ac.nz

Additional costs

Material costs in addition to those provided vary according to individual projects. As an indication, you may borrow up to $1,000 in addition to your student allowance for programme-related costs (domestic students only).

Further study options

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. The successful completion of the Level 6 programme can then be a step towards our Level 7 Bachelor of Visual Arts degree.

*subject to final approval  

Programme delivery  

Distance 
A distance option is offered, where suitable arrangements can be made, for you to study in your own area with supervision from an appropriate approved local ceramist. You are required to have access to an appropriate computer, as well as the operating skills to access our online services, as we monitor the course and deliver the Glaze Practical (Level 5), Art Craft History/Theory and Drawing from Otago Polytechnic.

Onsite location

Offsite locations

Course descriptions   

This programme is made up of four studio-specific courses and complimentary courses that add to the students understanding of the history and theory of art making, as well as drawing, specific technical glaze methods and research methods. A list of the courses offered follows…

Studio Courses

Studio Methods 1 and Studio Methods 2: Be introduced to the core skills needed in the development of art work in this medium. Through a variety of studio techniques, you will learn how to transfer ideas into clay. Technical research and exploration of material in response to a given brief is key to this part of the course.

Ceramic Arts 1 and Ceramic Arts 2: Explore and extend your technical skills and knowledge about Ceramics practice. Make objects and artifacts that develop a personal concept of the medium in both functional and non-functional applications.

Complimentary Studio Courses

Visual Language 1: Become familiar with the language of art and design. Formal art/design elements will be considered alongside key theoretical ideas which inform contemporary practices of visual and oral culture. You will be required to evaluate and critique visual culture, research theoretical texts and apply your research to write an academic essay and craft an oral presentation.

Drawing 1: Gain the technical skills and a variety of media which are vital to the production of works in Drawing and Design while broadening your understanding of the visual arts. You will be introduced to analytical aspects of observational drawing and, under direction, you will develop and complete a series of specific technical drawing exercises.

Art/Craft Theory and History 1: Enjoy being introduced to a variety of ways of thinking and writing about the visual arts in a historical context. This course also tracks the significance of art throughout history in relation to different cultural and social structures, including local indigenous culture.  

Glaze Practical 1: Through online learning and studio technical research, you will be introduced to the specifics of Glaze formula and recipe. You will make, test and evaluate glaze finishing methods in studio outcomes.

Full-time programme structure 

Course Title

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE

 

 

Visual Language 1

5

15

Drawing 1

5

15

Art/Craft Theory and History 1

5

15

Glaze Practical 1

5

15

Studio Methods 1

5

15

Studio Methods 2

5

15

Ceramic Arts 1

5

15

Ceramic Arts 2

5

15

Year One total

 

120

Part-time programme structure 

Course Title

Level

Credit

YEAR ONE

 

 

Drawing 1

5

15

Visual Language 1

5

15

Studio Methods 1

5

15

Ceramic Arts 1

5

15

Year One total

 

60

YEAR TWO

 

 

Art/Craft Theory and History 1

5

15

Glaze Practical 1

5

15

Studio Methods 2

5

15

Ceramic Arts 2

5

15

Year Two total

 

60

Overall total

 

120

Your workload

A full-time programme entails five full working days, or equivalent. Where you are working at a contracted provider, the rules of the local area facility will apply. 

A part-time programme entails 2.5 working days, or equivalent. 

Student loans/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. 

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. 

Disclaimer

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.

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