The Dunedin School of Art is New Zealand’s first art school, established in 1870. Our innovative and expert tuition will foster your pursuit of excellence in visual arts and culture, and encourage you to develop versatility and self-sufficiency as an artist. 

Our graduates are working in a wide range of careers due to their flexible and transferable skills. Careers include teachers in primary and secondary schools, social entrepreneurs, curators, studio coordinators, event managers, museum or art-school technicians, artists-in-residence, city arts coordinators and access artists, to name but a few!    

Ceramic Arts

Explore three-dimensional expression in ceramics with innovative, figurative and sculptural pieces. 

Fine & Visual Arts

Gain experience in a range of art forms and ideas through drawing, research and projects. 

Digital Media & Photography

Become a digital imagery specialist and learn techniques to produce attention-grabbing imagery. 


With world-class resources, flexible study options and hands-on research methodologies, our postgraduate programmes offer a space for increased reflection and self-directed experimentation. 

Night classes 

A chance to develop new skills, refresh familiar ones or simply enjoy doing what you love. 


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Immerse yourself in an innovative and supportive environment which allows you to engage in real-world projects, develop your individual voice as a designer and learn how to work in a design team. Take advantage of our strong international relationships, award-winning teaching expertise and first-rate facilities. 

Architectural Studies

The world needs talented architectural designers and technologists. Embark on this programme with fantastic work prospects in architectural design and the building industry, both in New Zealand and overseas.    

Communication Design

In a rapidly-expanding global media environment, a design qualification will open doors. Learn how to present ideas and stories creatively and effectively – a skill highly sought-after by employers. 

Fashion Design

Become a skilled, industry-ready fashion professional. Study at our Fashion School – the only Fashion School in New Zealand with a Business of Fashion Top 50 ranking. 

Product Design

Shape the world around you. Product Design is everywhere. It is exciting and ever-evolving. Every product you use has been designed – from your toothbrush to your toaster. Product Designers strive to design objects and systems to improve the way we live. 


Take your creativity to the next level. Our postgraduate programmes provide opportunities to learn and embed research methods that extend your design practice. You are able to work with industry and community partners on live team projects or develop your own practice-based research project.

Short courses 

From design and graphics to pattern making and textile printing, we've got something for everyone to try. 


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