Otago Polytechnic

Postgraduate

We offer a wide range of postgraduate qualifications. Benefit from our world-class resources, flexible study options, and hands-on research methodologies.

Postgraduate programmes offer a space for increased reflection and self-directed experimentation. Candidates increase their professionalism and their capacity for independent work. The community of the art school offers professional practices, peer support, and critical feedback, preparing candidates for the wider arts community, both as artists and workers in the wider fields of arts and culture. We offer low residency options for study in all postgraduate programmes through flexible off-site supervision. Please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator for further information.

For an overview of postgraduate course options, please see this diagram.

Contact our postgraduate coordinator to discuss your options >

 

stephanie cossens

Stephanie Cossens

Exploration of animal rights, drawing out the connections between humans and animals.

Sarah Baird

Sarah Baird

Sarah Baird's political art explores visual and verbal messages.

david green

David Green

Phenomenology of perception - how our brain makes sense of images.

Studio Disciplines
As New Zealand’s oldest public art school, we have a tradition of teaching excellence with the support of world-class facilities – ensuring that you reach your full potential. Teaching is across eight specific studio areas: Ceramics; Electronic arts; Jewellery and Metalsmithing; Print; Photography; Painting; Sculpture and Textiles

PROGRAMMES

 

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One year full-time; two years part-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.

Master of Fine Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or low residency option
  • Two years full-time; four years part-time (flexible movement between these two options is possible)
  • Level 9
  • Starts March and September (preferred); flexible start dates are available
  • 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
  • One-two year completion options available
  • Level 9
  • Starts March and September (preferred); flexible start dates are available
  • 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
  • Six months full-time; one year part-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
  • One year full-time; two years part-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.