A business plan may help get a product to market, but how do you ensure that your great idea translates into something truly marketable? The design major aims to provide tomorrow’s business leaders with the capabilities to develop creative companies.
Business students are introduced to the principles and practice of design, from working with designers to the application of design in effective management processes. They will expand their visual awareness and gain a sound appreciation of the interrelationships between design, creativity and innovation.
Through this major, students will come to recognise the value of design whether they are developing a pioneering product, leading a groundbreaking project initiative or embarking on an entirely new business venture.
Papers in part 1 provide you with an introduction to the roles of business and fundamental concepts in business disciplines. You complete 5 core papers in part 1 which are:
In addition to the 5 core papers, in order to major in Design you must complete the elective paper Design Thinking (15 points) and you choose 1 elective paper from the list below, or from elsewhere in the university:
Over the next 2 years, you will gain an understanding of how to apply creative techniques to business, design effective business processes, foster innovative and entrepreneurial thinking and examine the links between effective design and sustainable business practices.
This is the final part to the Bachelor of Business degree and takes a full semester of study. You have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt in your major(s) to the real world in a business, not-for profit organisation, or entrepreneurial venture. You choose 1 of the 3 following papers:
1) Co-operative Education
A supervised industry placement related to your major in an organisation of your choice. Placements can be done either in New Zealand or overseas. Recent placements included Dynamite Mobile Marketing Technology, Dreamcolor and Jack Yan and Associates (publishers of Lucire magazine).
2) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
You work as part of a team and create and manage a project to benefit a group within a New Zealand community.
3) Applied Project (normally by invitation only)
You do a supervised individual or group project based within an academic department in the AUT Business School. This option is primarily aimed at those students interested in continuing on to postgraduate study.
PAPERS (105 POINTS)
116800 Activating Creativity
116802 Design Contexts
116803 Design and Business
117807 Managing Design in Business
117803 Design and Innovation for Sustainability
117805 Breakthrough Thinking
117806 Design Futures
117808 Service & Experience Design
117809 Visual Communication for Business