Otago Polytechnic

Short courses and night classes


Learn new skills for enjoyment or employment! Whether you want to upskill and don’t have time for traditional tertiary study, or you just want to learn something new for fun, we offer a wide range of short courses and night classes.

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ART

Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 2 March, 4 May, 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.

Darkroom Photography

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

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

  • Wanaka
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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 Ceramics night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 2 March, 4 May, 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 Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Jewellery classes will have a different skill focus per term.

Introduction to Life Drawing night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing.

Introduction to Painting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

Introduction to Photography night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

Introduction to Printmaking night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

Jewellery night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

Life Drawing night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

The aim of this class is to expand your perception and ability to express that perception through drawing.

Painting night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

Printmaking morning class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

Sculpture night class: Ceramics

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 2 March, 4 May, 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 weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 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.

Textile Art night class

  • Dunedin School of Art
  • One weekly session per term
  • Starts 17 February, 4 May, 13 July and 14 September 2020
  • Apply anytime

Explore a variety of techniques associated with textiles and develop the skills and ability to translate these to fabric through a textiles-based project.

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COMPUTING                                                                     See our full range of computing short courses >

Introduction to Computing

  • Mosgiel Community Learning Centre
  • One year, part-time*
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

Want a free and easy way to gain computing skills? This course is ideal! Suitable for those with few or no computing skills, it can also be used as a refresher course for slightly more experienced users.

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CONSTRUCTION

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • Two days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience and during this two day course you will build a free-standing wall.

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DESIGN

Design and Graphics short course

  • Dunedin
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn to create your own professional marketing and promotional materials using Adobe Suite design software.

Fashion Skills

  • Dunedin
  • Two days, 10.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Come and join us at the School of Design for a two-day, hands-on workshop where you will explore fashion making in a creative and fun environment. All patternmaking and construction techniques will focus on sustainable fashion industry practices.This course is offered in the mid-year school holidays so secondary students can take advantage of this opportunity.

Industrial Garment Construction Techniques (Fashion Design Technology Series)

  • Dunedin
  • Three sessions (5.00pm-7.00pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Explore the world of industrial sewing and garment construction with no-fail solutions to perfect pockets, flys, zippers and collars.

Laser Cutting for Design short course

  • Dunedin
  • Two days, 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Starts Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 Dec 2019
  • Apply anytime

Be introduced to the latest laser cutting technology and CAD software (Adobe Illustrator) with an opportunity to create your own designed object/s from a range of materials including wood, card and plastic.

Pattern Making (Fashion Design Technology Series)

  • Dunedin
  • Three sessions (5.00pm-7.00pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Create patterns from base pattern blocks with this basic to intermediate level course, taught by our technical expert, Annette Cadogan. Learn about pattern manipulation, standard size & fit, and bodice, skirt, dress and/or trouser blocks depending on your skill level.

Textile Printing short course

  • Dunedin
  • Two days, 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to create your own personalised fabrics for fashion and interiors. During this practical workshop you will be introduced to textile print processes including screen printing using stencils, techniques and colour. You will design an original textile print and produce samples and a final piece of resolved work.

Winter Camp – Digital Illustration short course

  • Dunedin
  • Four days, 2.00pm-5.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to develop a unique digital illustration from hand-drawn and/or photographic material.

Winter Camp – Game Design short course

  • Dunedin
  • Four days, 10.00am-1.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn to create a simple platform style game with your own characters and worlds.

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ENGINEERING

Electric Vehicles workshops and short courses

  • Mixture of online and face-to-face options at different locations
  • Starts - variety of dates per course
  • Apply anytime

Ideal if you want to gain confidence working on electric vehicles (EVs) and a good understanding of EV operation. At the end of each short course, you will be able to have your knowledge and skills assessed and recognised through the completion of an EduBit (our micro-credential assessment service) which is included in the course price.

Engineering Maths Summer School

  • Dunedin
  • Four weeks
  • Level 3
  • Starts January 2020
  • Apply anytime

Need to get your NCEA Level 2 maths so you can apply for our engineering diplomas? No problem. This new Engineering Maths short course has been developed to give you that chance. Successful completion will provide you with the Maths requirement you need to apply for the New Zealand Diploma in Engineering (Civil, Mechanical or Electrical).

Introduction to MIG welding

  • Dunedin
  • Five weeks; two nights per week
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

During this training course you will learn how to work safely, how to understand the principles of a MIG welder and how to weld different positions. You will also discover how to weld the different types of welds.

Introduction to TIG welding

  • Dunedin
  • Five weeks; two nights per week
  • Starts 5 August 2019
  • Apply anytime

During this training course you will learn how to work safely, how to understand the principles of a TIG welder and how to weld different positions. You will also discover how to weld different materials.

STAR Bicycle Mechanics course

  • Online learning with a work experience component
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime via your high school Career Advisor

If you’re keen on cycling, hands-on work and fixing things, then bicycle mechanics could be the perfect career for you. You’ll be working towards the New Zealand Certificate in Bicycle Servicing (Level 3).

WOF inspectors training course

  • Dunedin
  • Two and a half days
  • Starts 12 November 2019
  • Apply now

Are you a mechanic who wants to become a WOF inspector? This new course is designed to train staff to carry out the vehicle inspection process correctly and to gain a firm grasp of the inspection requirements. Participants will also learn how to navigate their way around the NZTA Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM).

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ENGLISH

English for groups

  • Dunedin
  • Duration varies, depending on your needs
  • Starts - flexible dates
  • Apply anytime

Experience New Zealand while learning English. We can develop special English language programmes for your school, team or organisation.

English Language Summer Semester

  • Dunedin
  • 17 weeks
  • Starts 30 September
  • Apply anytime

Improve your English over the summer break! This is a great chance for you to improve your Academic English as part of your pathway into further study. Develop your skills in speaking, writing, reading, listening, grammar and academic writing.

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HEALTH

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for New Zealand Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • Five-eight weeks, full-time
  • Starts April, July & September 2020
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Complete this theoretical and applied programme to obtain a current Annual Practising Certificate. Acquire the most up-to-date skills and knowledge required to be part of a healthcare team in New Zealand.

Competency Assessment Programme (CAP) for Overseas Registered Nurses

  • Dunedin
  • Eight-nine weeks, full-time
  • Starts April, July & September 2020
  • Apply until two weeks before start date

Ideal if you need a Competence Assessment Programme to obtain nursing registration in New Zealand. Gain the specific knowledge required to practice as part of a healthcare team in the New Zealand system.

Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • Dunedin
  • Two days
  • Starts 17 - 18 March 2020; 8 - 9 July 2020; 16 - 17 September 2020; 3 - 4 November 2020
  • Apply anytime

This two day workshop provides an environment in which you can explore the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications in a non-confrontational, collaborative process.

Occupational Therapy postgraduate courses

  • Online
  • One semester
  • Level 8
  • Starts February and July
  • Apply by January and July

These individual courses are available for both occupational therapists and non-occupational therapists and can be studied individually for professional development reasons. You will be awarded a Certificate in Proficiency upon successful completion or may choose to complete further courses towards a full postgraduate qualification.

Recertification and Registration Competence Programme for New Zealand Midwives and Overseas Midwives

  • Online
  • Flexible durations
  • Starts anytime
  • Apply anytime

We offer four courses, approved by the Midwifery Council, as part of the Registration Competence Programme for overseas midwives and Recertification Programme for New Zealand registered midwives.

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HORTICULTURE

Grapevine pruning short course

  • Central Otago
  • Five days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn all you need to know about the commercial pruning of grapevines for wine production.

Introduction to cherry growing short course

  • Central Otago
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply until start date

This weekend course is designed for those wanting to begin the development of a commercial cherry orchard. A great starting point for anyone wanting to invest or enter this exciting industry, it involves workshop sessions, discussions, field trips and hands-on advice from a cherry grower.

Propagation short course

  • Central Otago
  • One day a week (Feb-Nov)
  • Starts February 2020
  • Apply anytime

This course provides a hands-on plant propagation experience in a commercial nursery under the technical guidance of experienced propagators. Learn to grow a wide range of plants to a saleable grade from seed and cuttings, including vegetables, berry fruit, native trees and shrubs, drought-resistant plants, annuals and specialist plants.

Pruning fruit short course

  • Central Otago
  • Nine days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to prune and train fruit trees, including apples, pears, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches and nectarines. This course is heavily practical and you will be required to prune a large number of trees to gain a good understanding of the topic.

Standard Growsafe short course

  • Central Otago
  • One day (9.00am to 5.00pm)
  • Starts 14 November and 5 December 2019
  • Apply anytime

Learn how to apply agrichemicals safely and accurately, according to the Agrichemical User Code of Practice NZS8409.

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HOSPITALITY

Barista skills short course

  • Central Otago
  • Two days, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts 2020 Dates - 13 & 20 Feb
  • Apply anytime

Want to gain recognition of your barista skills? This two day course (held on two Thursdays) offers you the chance to gain a comprehensive knowledge of barista skills.

Coffee-making short course

  • Central Otago
  • One day, 9.00am-4.00pm
  • Starts - please enquire
  • Apply anytime

Want to learn the art of coffee-making? This one day course will teach you how to make a great cup of coffee!

Food Safety: Unit 167

  • Dunedin or Central Otago
  • One day per unit
  • Starts Dunedin - to be confirmed for 2020; Central Otago - 2020 Dates - 27 Feb
  • Apply anytime

Working with food? This unit standard is a legal requirement in some workplaces and is recommended for ALL people working, or preparing to work, in a food business. This course is also run as a STAR course for secondary school students.

Patisserie short course

  • Central Otago
  • Five weeks (Thursdays, 6.00pm-9.00pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

Have a passion for pastry? Learn the art of simple French pastries

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Central Otago)

  • Central Otago
  • One day (8.30am-5.00pm)
  • Starts Tuesday, 26 November 2019
  • Apply ten days before each start date

This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a Duty Manager position in a licensed premise and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.

Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 - LCQ Training Seminar (Dunedin)

  • Dunedin
  • Two days (9.00am-3.00pm)
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2020
  • Apply anytime

This course provides comprehensive training for people who are preparing for a supervisory position in a licensed premise, and intend to apply for their Manager’s Certificate.

STAR - Espresso Coffee/Coffee Origin and Production

  • Central Otago
  • Two days
  • Starts - please enquire
  • Apply anytime via your high school Career Advisor

Develop a knowledge of espresso coffee equipment and recipes, and learn about coffee origin and production. This STAR course is for high school students in years 11 - 13.

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VETERINARY NURSING

Basic Equine Behaviour short course

  • Various locations (including Dunedin or online)
  • Three hours
  • Starts - flexible dates
  • Apply anytime

Find out what your horse means when they "smile" and use other facial expressions. This course is aimed at horse owners, riders and people who work or volunteer with horses. It will cater for pony owners, parents, RDA volunteers, carers, trainees, students and people wanting to be able to recognise obvious and subtle displays of horse behaviour, including signs of pain.

Equine First Aid short course

  • Various locations (including Dunedin)
  • Three hours
  • Starts - flexible dates
  • Apply anytime

If you have a love of horses and would like to learn how to treat them in an emergency situation, the Equine First Aid course is for you. It is aimed at people who own, ride or work with horses, and caters for all levels and ages.

Introduction to Equine Emergency Rescue short course

  • Various locations (including Dunedin)
  • Three hours
  • Starts - flexible dates
  • Apply anytime

This course is suitable for veterinary professionals, horse owners and members of the emergency service. Participants in this introductory course will learn some valuable skills to help rescue horses from difficult or dangerous situations.