Otago Polytechnic

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

    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.

  • Jewellery and Metalsmithing

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

  • Print

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

  • Photography

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

  • Painting

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

  • Sculpture

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

  • Textiles

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

Our studio disciplines are supported by:

  • Art History and Theory

    We look at the recent past and the legacies of modernism, and also consider earlier histories and contexts.

  • Studio Methodologies

    It develops students’ ability to use a range of media and approaches to create and extend concepts in visual form.

  • Professional Methodologies

    It develops students’ ability to use a range of media and approaches to create and extend concepts in visual form.