Otago Polytechnic

Undergraduate

Our three-year Bachelor of Visual Arts takes you through an introduction to several artforms, a focus on the development of ideas through drawing, research and project design and a focused study in one studio area supported by art history and theory and a course in professional practices. At the completion of the degree you will have exhibited several times in the art school gallery, have sufficient experience to exhibit in a more public situation, and you will be familiar with the wider field of contemporary art. If you already have a relevant degree, the Graduate Diploma allows you to enter part-way through this process and complete a new major in a studio subject.

For an overview of the Bachelor of Visual Arts course outline please see this diagram.

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

 

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 now

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 July
  • 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.

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 Digital Media and Design (Level 5)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 5
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This hands-on programme covers all aspects of photography and moving image production and will provide you with the knowledge and skills required for any career in professional photography, moving image and related fields.

New Zealand Diploma in Arts and Design (Level 6) - Ceramics programme

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time; part-time options
  • Level 6
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply until start date

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. (*subject to final approval)

New Zealand Diploma in Photography (Level 6)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 6
  • Starts February
  • Apply until start date

This commercially-focused programme will help you develop your photographic practice to a professional level. Whatever kind of career you want to have across professional photography, video or film – this programme will help you develop an industry-ready practice and portfolio, along with the specialised skills you need to succeed as a professional. You will work in workshops and on projects with live briefs and clients.

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.

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • 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.