Otago Polytechnic

Programmes

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Certificate

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 Certificate in Fashion (Level 4)

  • Dunedin
  • 6 months full-time; 2 years part-time
  • Level 4
  • Starts July
  • Apply by 30 June

Got a passion for fashion and wondering how to transform that enthusiasm into a career in the fashion industry? Look no further! Embark on this hands-on qualification to acquire the technical skills, knowledge and industry-awareness necessary for further study in the Bachelor of Design (Fashion) or to gain entry-level roles assisting with design, styling, retail/merchandising, and basic garment construction.

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Bachelor

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (Architectural Technology) or (Interior Architecture)

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Gain the skills you need to pursue a career in architecture design and the building industry. Prepare to work as an Architectural Technologist or for further study if you want to become an Architect or Interior Architect. In addition, this programme will enable you to develop your awareness of the social responsibilities of designers and technologists within the built environment.

Bachelor of Culinary Arts

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November. Late applications are accepted based on the availability of places in the programme.

Embark on a qualification – the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – that will equip you for a career as a chef, artisan food producer, food writer, teacher, entrepreneur, promoter and much more! An option is available for those with relevant work experience through the assessment of prior learning facilitation process.

Bachelor of Design (Communication)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Learn about key areas of Communication Design including graphic design, photography, advertising and web design, and gain the skills to pursue a career in a rapidly expanding global media environment. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience.

Bachelor of Design (Fashion)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Become a skilled, industry-ready fashion professional with this internationally-recognised qualification. This leading fashion degree is recognised for its international opportunities, industry connections and the chance to truly develop your individual style and identity as a designer.

Bachelor of Design (Product)

  • Dunedin
  • 3 years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Undertake this hands-on, innovative programme and learn about a human-centred, sustainable approach to the design of products, services and systems for commercial, industrial and community use. A Capable NZ option is available for those with relevant work experience.

Graduate Diploma in Design (Specialty)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time*
  • Level 7
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now!

Achieve an applied qualification to complement your degree in a specialist area of design. Ideal if you are a professional designer or practitioner wishing to develop your applied skills and studio project experience.

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Postgraduate

Bachelor of Design (Honours)

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

If you have already achieved excellence in your undergraduate degree, this postgraduate qualification is a great opportunity to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practice. Graduates of this programme will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role.

Postgraduate Certificate in Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 semester full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment. Extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and the professional design environment. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study such as our Postgraduate Diploma in Design or Master of Design Enterprise qualifications, or for employment in a wide range of creative or design management roles.

Postgraduate Diploma in Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now

Ideal for graduates who want to extend and deepen their research skills and professional design practices through applied design research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry or community partners. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study such as our Master of Design or Master of Design Enterprise qualifications, or for a career in design or design management.

Master of Design

  • Dunedin
  • 1 year full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply now

This qualification of excellence allows you to develop a significant body of scholarly creative work which is presented in a public forum and supported by an exegesis or equivalent. Alternatively, you can complete this programme through a thesis which could form the basis of academic journal articles. Graduates will be well-prepared for doctoral-level study, an academic career or a lead design or design management role.

Master of Design Enterprise

  • Dunedin
  • 18 months full-time
  • Level 9
  • Starts February 2019
  • Apply now!

Want to develop the ability to provide design and design-led strategy expertise within an organisation or enterprise? Engage in industry-based research tailored to suit your particular needs.