Otago Polytechnic

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.

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 Creative Studies

  • Dunedin (Design School)
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 4
  • Starts February
  • Apply now!

If you are unsure which creative career to pursue or you want to develop a portfolio for application to a degree, this is the programme for you. Develop a solid understanding of a variety of disciplines.

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.

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.

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.

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 6)

  • Distance/online with practical classes in various locations
  • 2 years full-time*
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Looking for a way to express your creativity? Undertake New Zealand’s only specialised tertiary programme in ceramic arts and explore a range of techniques and practices for creating an array of forms and imagery.

Diploma in Ceramic Arts (Level 7)

  • Distance/online with practical classes in various locations
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply now

Take your ceramist skills to the next level with this specialised programme where the emphasis is on exploration and experimentation. Create works that unite practical ability and intellectual energy.

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.