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Pursue a career as an artist or work in dynamic fields such as visual culture, education, design, management and marketing.

 

Art programmes

Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One year full-time; two years part-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.

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours)

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Ideal if you are a high achiever who intends to pursue further study, this research-focused programme culminates in an exhibition and writings demonstrating your intellectual rigour and professional expertise.

Postgraduate Certificate in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • Six months full-time; one year part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

If you are seeking initial engagement in postgraduate study this structured programme is for you! Create a body of critically engaged studio work and write a set essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One year full-time; two years part-time
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply now

Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Master of Fine Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or low residency option
  • Two years full-time; four years part-time (flexible movement between these two options is possible)
  • Level 9
  • Starts March and September (preferred); flexible start dates are available
  • Apply anytime

Practicing artists will especially benefit from this in-depth research project, which has been benchmarked against national and international standards and culminates in a public exhibition and dissertation.

Master of Visual Arts

  • Dunedin School of Art or low residency option
  • One-two year completion options available
  • Level 9
  • Starts March and September (preferred); flexible start dates are available
  • Apply anytime

Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills relevant to your chosen field through an original exhibition and associated writing, leading to a broader range of career options.

Art night classes

Drawing Skills: Sharpen up your tool box (held in Wanaka)

  • Wanaka
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Explore art methods and media, learn new skills, discover what you enjoy most and develop creative ideas!

Introduction to Life Drawing night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Introduction to Life Drawing is for beginners and will teach basic life drawing techniques.The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing.

Life Drawing night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Life Drawing class is for those with previous drawing experience wanting to develop their drawing technique.The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing.

Introduction to Photography night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn the basics of digital photography! Great for beginners that are looking to get control of the technical aspects of their camera. The course also covers Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop, a Darkroom Taster, Digital Scanning and Printing.

Darkroom Photography

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply Apply anytime

Want to learn about darkroom photography? Under the warmth of a yellow safe light, you will be introduced to gelatin silver photography and the practice of processing and developing your own black and white films and prints.

Printmaking morning class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

This class teaches a process-based approach to making art, covering the technical aspects of printmaking, looking at how the processes and functions inform the strategy of making art; at how the medium or technique exists as the means to realise an idea. It is suitable for those with prior printmaking experience.

Screenprinting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

We deal with printed images every day. Anything that is made in a reproducible format is a print; photocopies, posters, photographs etc. This class teaches a process-based approach to making prints.

Introduction to Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term.

Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term. These may include basic ring making or using resin for colour, translucency and embedding.

Introduction to Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 2 March, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 2 March, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic has the largest ceramics department in New Zealand. Benefit from an emphasis on hands-on experimentation in clay-making workshops.

Introduction to Painting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

These classes will explore the material language of acrylic paint. Emphasis will be on your discovery of mark-making through painterly experimentation and play. Each lesson has a different theme. Classes are suitable for beginners.

Painting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

These classes will explore the material language of acrylic paint. Emphasis will be on your discovery of mark-making through painterly experimentation and play. Each lesson has a different theme. Classes are suitable for those with previous experience.

Sculpture night class: Ceramics

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 2 March, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Want to learn how to build forms and figures in clay? This night class will introduce you to the hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab building. The workshop is ideal for those with no previous clay experience but also for those who have some experience with clay.

Sculpture night class: Modelling animals in clay

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One class per week for eight weeks
  • Starts 17 February, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn to create small animals in clay using the techniques of coiling, slab building and pinching to achieve a recognisable likeness of the animal form.