About Dunedin School of Art

Make, learn and thrive

We provide a true art school experience through hands-on making in spacious, well-equipped workshops and studio facilities.

Our school community is welcoming and supportive allowing you to enrich your own unique art practice and to explore career options. We offer flexible teaching methods that are designed for visual thinkers. Our lecturers are working artists with wide-ranging practices. 

Dunedin School of Art sits beside the river Leith/Owheo, close to the harbour parks and the city.

Students learn in a model that shifts between shared courses on the development of ideas, concepts and approaches, and more self-directed work on the student’s own artistic development in well-appointed workshops.

Students gain the time-honoured artistic skills of developing concepts to give them form, or, in te reo, whaka ahua.

We offer short courses, one and two-year Diplomas, a three-year Bachelor of Visual Arts and a range of postgraduate approaches suited to a range of prior experiences.

The DSA Gallery is the centre of our building and our practices, used by all within the school at different times and by many professional artists. Our Seminar programme and research projects allow us to invite the public to hear the school’s skilled artists and educators together with significant visiting artists and theorists. Our faculty exhibit regularly, as often overseas as here in Otepoti. We are proud to see our students’ work showcased in the annual exhibition SITE, when the school is filled with their work.



Contact us

Email artoffice@op.ac.nz
19 Riego St, Dunedin 9016
International +64 3 477 3014
New Zealand 0800 762 786



In 1870 David Con Hutton migrated from Scotland to found the Dunedin School of Art, the first art school in New Zealand.



We offer a varied and growing suite of research-based programmes for postgraduate and communities.


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Student stories

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Parent Information

Our graduates work in a wide range of creative and fine art industries in New Zealand and internationally.


Artists in Residence and Artists Adjunct

This programme supports artist residencies who work collaboratively overseas and locally.


Sustainability in Art

We encourage our students to think about their art work in a broad context, to understand its wider impact on our environment and society.


Our staff

Our staff is professional and passionate about inspiring students for their greatest success!


Our Head of School

My MA considered art therapy, while my recent PhD looks at Art, Climate Change, Interdisciplinarity and The Anthropocene - Bridie Lonie