The Otago Institute of Design is New Zealand’s only design-dedicated organisation that brings together research, industry and education with innovation. The OiD exists to actively develop capability and effective use of design in New Zealand. Comprising of a range of projects, facilities and expertise the Otago Institute of Design engages in all aspects of design-led development for businesses and the public sector. It is a joint venture between the Otago Polytechnic Design Department and University of Otago Design Studies. Otago Institite of Design also encompasses other design-based entities which benefit from a foot hold in the education sector. These include: Applied Design Research Centre - http://oid.co.nz/ Dunedin Fashion Incubator - http://oid.co.nz/ Innovation Workspace - http://www.op.ac.nz/enterprise/shops-and-services/innovation-workspace/ Evolver -Design Empowered Innovation Sustainable Habitat Challenge - http://www.shac.org.nz (others to come)
The Otago Institute of Design through the Otago Polytechnic and the University of Otago has connections with several international institutions and organisations. The Otago Polytechnic School of Design currently has an international exchange programme with the Istituto Europeo di Design, Milan, Italy. On average 2 - 3 students attend semesters each year. Fashion enjoys strong international links including a relationship with Mittelmoda (http://www.mittelmoda.com) where our staff are judges and international membership to IFFTI (http://www.iffti.com/) Otago Polytechnic Mittelmoda scholarship is awarded to the designer whose collection shows innovation in the use of materials and methods. The awardee comes to Dunedin for a residency at Otago Polytechnic. The School of Design is teh main supporter of the ID Dunedin Emerging Designer awards which attracts over 30 emerging fashion designers from around the world to the city in March each year. The event which began in 2005 alongside the ID Dunedin Fashion show has developed a strong international focus. (http://www.id-dunedinfashion.com) Currently staff member on Leverhulme Scholarship with Napier University and we have strong links to Narvik University, Umea Institute of Design and Swinburne University.
The Otago Institute of Design holds a strong national focus and makes a significant contribution to New Zealand in terms of design education and applied research. Our national connections include strong relationships with other institutions and agencies particularly: Auckland University of Technology (AUT) – Textile Design Laboratory – http://www.aut.ac.nz DINZ - Design Institute of New Zealand http://www.dinz.co.nz Victoria University - School of Design UNITEC School of Design Massey University - School of Design Wintec School of Design and Media Christchurch Institute of Technology. Locally, we have developed strong relationships with the City of Dunedin and local industries including: Otago Forward (Regional Economic Development group) Dunedin City Council Engineering Cluster ICT Cluster and many local companies.
Design Education We deliver both broad multidisciplinary, and discipline specific tracks through graduate level. At postgraduate levels we include enterprise specific and more general design degrees, including taught and research options to suit our students needs. PhD is offered through the University of Otago.
faculties and departments
The schools include: The school of Design at Otago Polytechnic and the Department of Design Studies at the University of Otago - together, forming the Otago Institute of Design. The Otago Institute of Design also includes: the Product Development Centre, the Dunedin Fashion Incubator, the Applied Design Research Centre.
bachelor level programs
Bachelor of Design (Communication) 3 years (OP) Bachelor of Design (Fashion) 3 years (OP) Bachelor of Design (Interiors) 3 years (OP) Bachelor of Design (Product), 3 years (OP) Bachelor of Visual Arts 3 years (OP) Graduate Diploma in Fine Arts 1 year (OP) Graduate Diploma in Design 1 year (OP) Bachelor of Applied Science(Hons) 4 years (UO) Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science(Hons) 4 years (UO) Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) 4 years (UO) Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) 1 year (OP) Post Grad Certificate in Visual Arts 6 months (OP) Post Grad Diploma in Visual Arts 1 year (OP) Postgraduate Dip in Consumer & Applied Sciences 1 year (UO) Bachelor of Applied Science 4 years (UO) Bachelor of Consumer and Applied Science 3 years (UO) Bachelor of Arts 3 years (UO)
master level programs
Master of Design 1.5 years (UO) Master of Consumer and Applied Sciences 1 -2 years (UO) Master of Applied Sciences 1 -2 years (UO) Master of Design Enterprise 2 years (OP) Master of Fine Arts 2 years (OP) Master of Fine Arts (Design) 2 years (OP) Master of Visual Arts 1 year (OP)
research activity and main areas
We engage in substantial research, the University of Otago is recognised as the most research intensive institution in New Zealand. The Otago Institute of Design is a collaboration based on active applied design research aims, and is very successful in obtaining government and industry backing for major commercial research and development initiatives. Areas of specific interest include: Sustainable Design, Interaction Design, Strategic Design, Interactive and Exhibition Displays, Fashion Design, Communication Design. Enterprise and entrepreneurial Development Design Education Engineering Design Design Theory and History
doctorate level programs
PhD Design 3 years (UO)
subject areas for exchange students
Industrial/Product Design Communication Design Fashion Design Interaction Design Interior Design Design Enterprise Strategic Design Design for Technology
Apply any time - semesters generally run February to June and July to November - each Semester has 2 terms. We have intense Summer schools in Jan/February. Some programmes run year round
Semester 1: February - June Semester 2: July - November Summer School - January/Feb
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Accomodation is approx NZ$100 per week and other costs vary, but generally living in NZ is regarded as very cheap, particularly in the South Island.