Study Abroad and Exchange

International partnerships are at the heart of the Dunedin School of Art's philosophy for learning and growth. 

Our relationships with international institutions range from informal friendships to formalised exchange and study abroad agreements, supporting our community and enriching the experiences of our staff and students.

Studying Abroad is a great way to travel and immerse yourself in another culture without taking time out from your studies. The Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic warmly invites international Study Abroad students to develop an international perspective of art in a supportive and engaging learning environment.

In return, the Dunedin School of Art provides opportunities for our students to complete part of their degree overseas through exchange agreements with partner institutions.

Find out more about Study Abroad and Exchange.

Our current exchange partner institutions include:

The Academy of Fine Arts, Prague 

The Academy of Fine Arts in Prague was founded in 1799 and is the Czech Republic's oldest art college. It is exclusively a Postgraduate Fine Arts School offering twelve Masters degree programmes and one Doctoral programme.

Visit The Academy of Fine Arts

The University of the Applied Arts, Vienna

The Universität für angewandte Künst of Vienna or The University of the Applied Arts in Vienna was founded in 1867 and was the first school of its type in continental Europe. Currently the University has 1800 students and 340 staff from a wide range of countries. The Schools of Fine Art and Design with studios in Painting, Photography and Graphic, media and Fashion are paired with Digital/i Arts and TransArts to provide a number of applications and approaches. The school is situated in central Vienna and boasts ex-students and staff in their corpus including Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Vivinne Westwood, Jil Sander, Pipilotti Rist, Stefan Sagmeister and Judith Eisler.  

Visit The University of the Applied Arts, Vienna 

Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (AAAD) 

The Academy of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (AAAD) specialises in educating students and the public in Architecture, Design, Fine Arts, Applied Arts, Graphics and Art History. Otago Polytechnic and the AAAD have an exchange agreement, applicable to art students from both institutions.

Visit the Academy of Fine Arts website

Utrecht School of the Arts 

Utrecht School of the Arts is at the heart of the cultural and student life of Utrecht, Netherlands. With more than 3,900 students, it is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe, offering qualifications in Fine Art, Design, Music, Theatre, Media, Games and Interaction, and Arts Management.

Otago Polytechnic and Utrecht School of the Arts have an exchange agreement, applicable to art students from both institutions.

Visit the Utrecht School of Arts website

Geneva University of Arts and Design 

Geneva Universtiy of Arts and Design is a training institution, specialising in art and design in Western Switzerland. The University offers a wide range of high level courses in Fine Arts and Design.

Otago Polytechnic and the Geneva University of Arts and Design have an exchange agreement, applicable to art students from both institutions.

Contact: Geneva University of Arts and Design 
Visit the Geneva Universtiy of Arts and Design website

University of Gothenburg, School of Design and Crafts 

The School of Design and Crafts is usually called HDK (an abbreviation of the Swedish name) and is rooted in more than 160 years of arts and crafts tradition. The HDK programmes are unique in the Nordic countries with their open structure, making it possible for different competences and cultures to co-operate - future designers, craftsmen, artists and teachers in Visual Arts and Sloyd, gather in the same building as researchers and PhD students. The base of Applied Arts is the practical, artistic work. Using this base, students have theory and discussions within Jewellery Art and Design, Textile Art and Ceramic Art.

Visit University of Gothenburg 

Estonian Academy of Arts

Established in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts provides higher education in fine arts, design, architecture, media, visual studies, art culture, and conservation. Studies at the BA level are based on an art curriculum, which enables the student to acquire skills and knowledge in three disciplines (painting, sculpture and installation and graphic arts), with separate curricula also offered in photography, animation and scenography. At the MA level, students develop projects under the supervision of Estonia’s best contemporary artists in the respective departments/ workshops, as well as in joint projects.

Visit the Estonian Academny of Fine Arts  

Winthrop South University, South Carolina 

Winthrop is a public university of distinction founded in 1886. It’s beautiful and safe campus is located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The degree programmes within the Department of Fine Arts place a high value on students’ learning how to work creatively and collaboratively within their communities. The Department of Fine Arts recognises the need to understand the ever changing global environment in the context of our immediate surroundings. Withrop shares most of the same studio workshop areas as the Dunedin School of Art.

Visit Winthrop South University 

Kansas City Art Institute 

The Kansas City Art Institute is a fully accredited college of art and design offering the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in a variety of disciplines

.Otago Polytechnic and Kansas City Art Institute have an exchange agreement, applicable to art students from both institutions.

Visit the Kansas City Art Institute website 

The University of Johannesburg, South Africa

The Department of Visual Art at the University of Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s oldest art schools. Having begun as the School of Arts and Crafts in 1926 it has been the home of some of the country’s finest artists and scholars. Their program content is geared towards art making and its critical discourses and histories.

Visit the University of Johannesburg's website

The National Institute of Creative Deisgn, Bangalore, India

The NICC (National Institute of Creative Deisgn) is an International college of design in Bangalore India which specializes in Design, Photography and the Digital Arts.

Visit the National Institute of Creative Deisgn website

The Pearl Academy, New Delhi, India

The Pearl Academy New Delhi offers Exchange and Study Abroad opportunities especifically for Jewellery in their Bachelor (Honours) Degree for Jewellery Design programme, and Fashion Design. New Delhi, a district of Delhi serves as the Capital of India, and is a fast moving and colourful area of the continent.

Visit the Pearl Academy website