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Background and objectives
Otago Polytechnic is a tertiary education institution in New Zealand offering a mix of postgraduate programmes, Bachelor’s degrees and Certificate and Diploma programmes. DESIS Otago Coordinator Dr Caro McCaw is an Associate Professor in our School of Design. Our design disciplines include Communication Design, Fashion, Product Design, Food Design, Architectural Studies, Information Technology, and Engineering Technologies. We have been offering design degree programmes since 2005 and design postgraduate programmes since 2010. Our School of Design has been a member of the Cumulus network since 2007.
Otago Polytechnic has a strong organisational focus on community-centred research and on experientiallearning for students. We have incorporated sustainability into all the programmes we offer and into our own institutional practices. We have a developed a local tradition of co-design with community organisations, using social and environmental histories and contemporary experiences, and designing innovative experiences, brands and messages that live in public spaces, and sometimes as exhibitions in museum and non-museum spaces. Through these projects we are able to connect design students and researchers, in collaborative ways with citizen engagement and local storytelling.
Characteristics of DESIS Otago are:
List of projects and research
- Caroline McCaw
- Lesley Brooke