Otago Polytechnic

Fine & Visual Arts


The Bachelor of Visual Arts will introduce you to several art forms. You'll develop ideas through drawing, research and project design, and focused study in one studio area. You'll study art history and theory, studio methodologies and professional practices, and be familiar with the field of contemporary art. You will exhibit work each year in the art school gallery and be prepared to exhibit publicly.



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. This degree provides a perfect bridge into further learning as you select from a range of subjects initially and then move into full specialisation, focusing your talents in your chosen field.


Ceramics allows students to explore three-dimensional expression. Ceramic work can range from innovative, figurative and sculptural pieces.


Electronic arts

The Electronic Arts studio enables you to explore a wide range of approaches to art using new media and old technologies.



Sculpture encompasses installation practice, site-specific artworks, public sculpture, performance, live art and the object in relation to the commodity.


Jewellery and Metalsmithing

Develop your artistic eye and practical skills, along with the understanding that the fundamental reference for jewellery



We specialise in print and construction processes that employ a variety of surface treatments. 


Develop the knowledge and skills to produce works for exhibition, and develop an understanding of art history and related theories



Develop critical approaches to image making through directed research and a hands-on exploration of the materials. 


The photography department is equipped to enable you to explore the photographic in all its forms.

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