Otago Polytechnic


Employers love our design graduates as they're innovative, hard-working, solution-focused and industry-ready.

Our dedicated studio and specialist spaces meet the specific needs of our range of study areas and offer you a supportive and motivating environment where you have the chance to interact with fellow students and learn from each other. Design communication, context and cultural themes are fundamental to all of our design degree programme streams.

We also provide you with opportunities to develop and showcase your creative talent through competition entry, seminars and the end-of-year student exhibitions, ‘Debrief’ and ‘Collections’. 

We give our students plenty of 'real-world' opportunities and Dunedin is a place that encourages innovation and creativity, and nurtures and supports business start-ups. It is a city known for its unique and distinctive style – come and be part of it! 


Architectural Studies

Architectural Studies is a discipline that combines skill and knowledge about human activity in the built environment. This degree provides a highly practical, authentic learning experience and offers two strands - Architectural Technology or Interior Architecture - but all learners study core topics initially before beginning to specialise. 

Learn more about the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology) or (Interior Architecture)

Communication Design 

Communication Design encompasses a wide range of media and processes. Study with us and learn about key areas including storytelling, graphic design, photography, branding and advertising, moving image, illustration, web design, interactive media and interaction design. You will be involved in a variety of exciting projects, ranging from blue-sky to client-based, and will gain over 100 weeks in a design studio environment!

Learn more about the Bachelor of Design (Communication)

Fashion Design

Become a skilled, industry-ready fashion professional by studying at the only Fashion School in New Zealand to gain a Business of Fashion Top 50 ranking!

Specific to the study of fashion at this level are the industry-and-research-driven themes of patternmaking, garment construction, materials and the collaborative and holistic nature of the design projects these skills enable. Innovative design and production through creative exploration, applied research and collective enterprise, is encouraged and facilitated and is realised through the use of advanced, industry-specific skills.

Fashion at Otago Polytechnic also has strong links with iD Dunedin and Aart Model Management.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) 

Don't have the academic entry criteria or a portfolio to enter our fashion degree?

No problem! Our New Zealand Certificate in Fashion (Level 4) provides the perfect pathway.

Product Design

Product Designers can help everyone live a more comfortable, productive and sustainable life. They ask how everyday objects can be better designed to enhance your experience as a user, respond to the needs of society, think about market opportunities, consider issues from new perspectives and devise solutions to our challenges. And because the problems product designers are addressing are as diverse and rapidly-changing as the society we live in, they need the ability to adapt and think laterally. Our Bachelor of Design (Product) prepares you for a wide range of career paths within the extremely broad field of professional design. This broad-based programme ensures you have some understanding of other specialisations to be able to proactively respond to our society, create new products or redesign existing ones, and apply technical knowledge and conceptual skills to achieve sustainable products.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Design (Product) 

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Graduate and postgraduate

Want to continue your design studies? Study one of our graduate or postgraduate qualifications and become a specialist in design!