Otago Polytechnic

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 by 30 November

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 Certificate in Digital Media and Design (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; part-time over two years (you will study during semester two in both year one and two)
  • Level 4
  • Starts 23 July 2018
  • Apply by 30 June

Project options in digital photography, digital illustration, web design, moving image, animation and interactivity will allow you to develop real-world skills and a portfolio of work for application to higher level study. Successful completion of this Certificate and the New Zealand Certificate in Arts and Design (Level 4) will prepare you for application to the Bachelor of Design (Communication, Fashion or Product), Bachelor of Architectural Studies or Bachelor of Visual Arts.

Bachelor of Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or by distance (year 2)*
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February, 2018
  • 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. *A distance option is available in the second year for those specialising in Photography or Painting. This involves some classes at our Central Otago campus and visits to Dunedin. We are also seeking approval to offer the Year 3 Painting and Photography courses in Central from 2019.

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.

Certificate in Film and Television (Level 4)

  • Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

Want a career in the film and television industry? Then this is the perfect programme to get you started and can lead to junior positions or further media training programmes. We have strong professional links with TV production companies and use these links to give you real-world practical production experience during this qualification. This programme will not run in 2019 under this name due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions. We are currently developing our new Film and TV qualification - watch this space!

Certificate in Digital Photography (Level 5)

  • Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

During this hands-on programme, you will learn the techniques and skills required to produce memorable and attention-grabbing imagery by specialising in digital imagery and manipulation. This is a great starting point for a photographic career but can also be used as a launch pad into any of the other visually-orientated industries and programmes. This programme will not run in 2019 under this name due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions. We are currently developing our new Digital Photography qualifications - watch this space!

Diploma in Digital Photography (Level 6)

  • Dunedin (Cumberland Street Campus)
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Gain the skills, technical knowledge and creative expression you need to become a successful commercial photographer. Part of this qualification includes learning how to build your own website, how to market your photography services online and how to run your own photography business. This programme will not run in 2019 under this name due to a national review of qualifications that NZQA are currently conducting across all tertiary institutions. We are currently developing our new Digital Photography qualifications - watch this space!

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)*

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.