Textiles

Study Textiles at Otago Polytechnic in a visual arts context, and examine the value of cloth and its relationship to the body, different genders and classes, and material culture. You will develop specialist skills in print and construction processes such as screen-print methods using pigment ink and dye, manual and digital embroidery, and 3D sewing.

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The field of textile practice can encompass many approaches such as sculptural, 2D and site-specific artworks. With our hands-on approach to study, you can fully immerse yourself in your work with your own dedicated studio space surrounded by passionate peers. 

In our degree or diploma programmes, you will study core art courses followed by jewellery and metalsmithing as your chosen elective, there are eight studio disciplines to choose from. Learn how our Bachelor of Visual Arts is structured across the three years - click here

Study Visual Arts with us and you’ll be taught at the renowned Dunedin School of Art. This is New Zealand’s oldest public art school, with a tradition of teaching excellence and a focus on developing your creativity for real-world employment within this growing industry. Our art school and its incredible facilities are celebrated for producing some of New Zealand’s most successful working artists.  

Art qualifications

Art

Our Bachelor of Visual Arts will set you up for an exciting and diverse range of creative professions. During your first year, you will study core art courses, methodology, and art history. You will then choose a studio discipline to develop your talent in your chosen passion. The eight studio disciplines include ceramics, electronic arts, jewellery and metalsmithing, print, photography, painting, sculpture and textiles.

Duration

3 Years Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Practicing Artist, Researcher

Art

If you already hold a degree and would like to develop your fine arts skills, this qualification offers you the chance to carry out an intensive course of study in your chosen discipline.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Practicing Artist, Researcher

Art

Ideal if you want to develop research skills in studio and theory, or pursue further postgraduate study. By the end of the programme, you will produce a body of critically engaged studio work, supported by a conceptual research paper.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

Art

If you want a taster of postgraduate study in arts, this programme is for you. You will develop studio work and write an essay on an aspect of related research methodology.

Duration

6 Months Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

Art

The perfect opportunity to undertake practical and theory-based guided art research. Develop and display mastery of the professional, technical and conceptual skills through an original exhibition and associated writing. The Master of Visual Arts is a logical extension to this programme if you decide to continue your study journey.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

Art

This degree is suitable for you if you want to become a professional arts practitioner. You will carry out original research culminating with a public exhibition and dissertation.

Duration

2 Years Full-time

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practicing Artist

Art

Deep dive into practical- and theory-based research through this advanced qualification. In semester one, you will develop studio work, an oral seminar paper and an essay for critical feedback. You will build on this work in semester two by producing an original exhibition and an extended 7,500-word essay.

Duration

1 Year Full-time

Delivery

Distance, On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Design Researcher, Lead Designer , Practicing Artist

Studio Disciplines

Studio Disciplines

We teach across eight specific studio areas: Ceramics, Electronic arts, Jewellery and Metalsmit...

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Short courses

Develop new skills, refresh familiar ones, or simply enjoy doing what you love!

Short courses

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