Otago Polytechnic, Visual Arts

Bachelor of Visual Arts



SPSCC student Carlos Cabrera, completing his Bachelor of Visual Arts at Otago Polytechnic

Program Description

SPSCC has an articulation agreement in Art with the Dunedin (New Zealand) School of Art at Otago Polytechnic. To be eligible to transfer into the Bachelor of Visual Arts program at the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic, students must successfully complete the Associate in Arts degree at SPSCC. In addition, students must submit a portfolio of their art to the Dunedin School of Art at Otago Polytechnic for analysis and determination as to whether the student will enter in the second or third and final year of courses in New Zealand.

Please visit https://spscc.edu/areas/gened/aas-dta-deg to learn more about the Associate in Arts degree at SPSCC.

About the College

Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand

[Note: This information is provided by Otago Polytechnic.]

Otago Polytechnic is a proud leader in hands-on, career-focused education. We have some of the best student achievement and satisfaction results in New Zealand, and resounding endorsements from employers. Here, you’ll gain a top-quality qualification, have an amazing and enriching time, and put yourself in a great position for a career you love! As educators, we offer innovative ways to study. With online tools and blended delivery options, time and distance are no barriers to gaining the education you need. We can even give credit for knowledge gained in your career. We make a difference through our applied research and enterprise, and our commitment to sustainability. And we are pleased to partner with our communities, using our expertise to find creative solutions and opportunities.

New Zealand Government figures show we lead the polytechnic sector for course and qualification completions at 84% and 90% respectively. NZQA’s External Evaluation and Review in 2015 awarded us the highest possible rating for our educational performance, and our ability to assess our own performance. Our top-quality programmes and teachers are recognised far and wide. Over the past decade, 18 of our teachers have been awarded prestigious national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards. And in a recent survey, 95% of our graduates’ employers rated OP graduates equal or better than graduates from other tertiary institutes. It’s no wonder so many of our students carry on to fantastic careers! (https://www.op.ac.nz/about-us/)


AA Requirements

Articulation Agreement

Please note: either Otago Polytechnic or SPSCC can terminate the articulation agreement at any time. It is vital the student notifies Otago Polytechnic during the application process that the student is applying by means of this specific articulation agreement. Students that have completed the AA degree at SPSCC may be accepted into either the second or third year of the three-year Bachelor of Visual Arts program via an art portfolio subject to the same requirements as outlined on the Otago Polytechnic website for applying students. Students should consult with the SPSCC Art faculty for assistance in organizing the portfolio.

Core Requirements:


  • ENGL&101, English Composition I

AND choose one of the following:

  • ENGL&102, Composition II
  • ENGL&102C, Composition II: Service Learning


5 credits from the quantitative General Education Distribution


15 credits from 3 disciplines. No more than 5 credits in performance/skill courses. No more than 5 credits of foreign language at the first year level.

Social Science

15 credits from 3 disciplines.

Natural Science

15 credits from 3 disciplines. Must include 1 lab science.


15 credits from the General Education Distribution or Specified Electives Lists. No more than 3 PE activity credits are accepted in transfer.

15 credits 100 level and above.