Otago Polytech Open Day and more events

Dunedin Tertiary Open Day

Dunedin Tertiary Open Day 2019 will take place over two days, Sunday 5 and Monday 6 May. For the first time, on the Sunday, we’ll have tours of the Student Village, the Dunedin School of Art Open Day, information sessions with Sport, Exercise & Health, Business & Tourism and Fashion Design.

Our full activities programme will take place on the Monday. This includes a Career Expo, Career Guidance, Free Fees/Scholarship advice, talks by our academic schools and tours of our impressive facilities.

Our Central Campus staff will be in The Hub and at Forsyth Barr Stadium where they’re providing a breakfast and demonstrating their unique programmes. There are also stadium tours throughout the morning.

Find more information, you can find our online programme here and for the electronic planner see here here.

Otago Secondary – Tertiary College (OSTC)

The OSTC is up and running, and in Dunedin and Cromwell our students are very busy working on cars, construction, exercising, and cooking. We are now on Facebook, so you can see what’s going on.

Check out our Facebook.

Vocational Education Reform

There has been much talk in recent weeks about the Government’s proposed reforms of the Vocational Education sector, including polytechnics.

We can reassure would-be learners that no Bachelor-level (and above) programmes will be axed at Otago Polytechnic – even if the Government’s original reform proposal goes ahead. Any learners thinking of enrolling in 2020 will have access to the same study options currently available.

Otago Polytechnic has submitted an alternative model for restructuring the Vocational Education sector – one that it believes will result in a high-performing and high-quality system, of which New Zealanders can be justifiably proud.

The deadline for submissions on the Government’s reform of the Vocational Education sector closed on 5 April and a Government decision based on those submissions is expected in June.


Celebrate Design Awards

Monday – Friday, 20 – 29 August,
10am – 4pm

The Hub, Otago Polytechnic,
Forth Street, Dunedin

School of Design Secondary Schools Awards Exhibition

Open to all NZ secondary schools

Contact Tracy Kennedy for full details

Design Winter Camp –
Digital Illustration

Monday – Thursday, 15 – 18 July,
2pm – 5pm

Level 3, H Block, Otago Polytechnic, Forth Street, Dunedin

Bring your talent for digital illustration into focus with this course that involves taking hand-made illustrations and turning them into vector-based digital art that can be printed or displayed on screens. This course will introduce some core graphic design principles and the use of Adobe design software tools including Photoshop and Illustrator.

See here for further information


Design Winter Camp –
Game Design

Monday – Thursday, 15 – 18 July,
10am – 1pm

Level 3, H Block, Otago Polytechnic,
Forth Street, Dunedin

Extend your interest from playing games into making games! Design your own characters, enemies and environments. Create artwork, level layouts and animation. Combine all these elements together using a pre-made template into your own original game design.

See here for further information

Dunedin School of Art Open Day

Sunday 5 May, 10am – 3pm

Dunedin School of Art main entrance,
P Block, Riego Street, Dunedin

The Dunedin School of Art is offering FREE workshop experiences in their world-class facilities. If you’d like to try out a specific technique, or are interested in what they get up to, please come along. The workshops are suitable for anyone – no prior experience required.

Tours of the school will be available during the Open Day. For those interested in studying in 2020, bring along a hard copy or digital examples of your artwork to discuss with school staff a provisional placement for 2020.

Studio workshops include: Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Jewellery and Metalsmithing, Printmaking, Textiles.

Have you heard about the Bachelor of Leadership for Change, Otago Polytechnic’s ground-breaking degree-level programme?

The innovative, New Zealand-first qualification is aimed at those driven by a desire to create positive change for industry, community or the planet. In short, the Bachelor of Leadership for Change is for big thinkers and “doers”.

Look out for the Leadership for Change team coming to your area later in the year to run a Change Jam.

This one-day experience will activate students to take on some of the problems that face the world today and provide opportunities for the future. The day features talks from inspirational change-makers, a workshop to zoom in on the big issues that matter, and a range of tools and exercises to get students ready to take their own action.

Contact Learning Facilitator Ray O’Brien for further details

Dates: To be advised

Otago Polytechnic