Spatial Design Major - Bachelor of Design

The Spatial Design major is a contemporary multidisciplinary programme that explores space through interior and architectural design, exhibition, event and performance design, visualisation and virtual environments.

At AUT, you’ll analyse and interpret existing sites and conditions to build a sense of place, visualising immersive spaces and helping others visualise the space. You’ll learn to work with what already exists – refitting, reusing, adapting, and attending to materials, surfaces, patterns, fabrication and connections. You’ll frequently collaborate with others to develop coherent, customised and conceptually driven spaces.

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This is part of the Bachelor of Design.

If you're a full-time student, you normally complete 120 points each year (360 points for the entire degree). In each year you study core compulsory papers within your major and selected minor.

List of minors

Year 1

Through Fabrication Studio I in the first semester and Spatial Design Studio I in the second semester, you learn conceptual thinking, and the making skills and communication skills to become a spatial designer. The papers Theory I, Digital Techniques I, and Spatial Drawing further your creative thinking ability and visualising skills.

You study the following papers

You also study one paper from your chosen minor.

Year 2

You study the following papers

You also study two papers from your chosen minor.

Year 3

You study the following papers

You also study one paper from your chosen minor.

Spatial design project

In the second semester you complete a design project in Spatial Design Studio III, integrating knowledge from the minor, Spatial Theory III and the building expertise provided by earlier papers. You have the opportunity to exhibit your design project at the AUT School of Art and Design festival, showcasing your work to key representatives from media, industry and the design professions.

Recent projects included:

  • Test pod science pavilions at Wynyard Quarter
  • New entry design proposals for Auckland Hospital
  • Urban and landscape design proposals for the Aotea Quarter with Auckland Council
  • New reception facilities and wayfinding strategies for Vision West in Glen Eden
  • New gallery spaces at Auckland Museum

More details about papers in this programme

Detailed programme structure and paper outlines (Blackboard)

Search for a paper (Arion)


Enrolment in papers is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of papers.

  • Interior/building design
  • Design for theatre, film, television or digital environments
  • Urban design
  • Event design
  • Furniture and object design

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Spatial Design Careers

Key features
  • Hands-on, studio-based learning
  • Includes authentic spatial design projects
  • Work with full-sized prototypes, installations, moving images and emergent technologies
See yourself as
  • Fascinated with the spaces people live, work and play in
  • Someone with a love of exploring and experimenting
  • A thinker, maker or planner
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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