Bachelor of Design

Study with us and we'll help you turn your creative ideas into reality. The Bachelor of Design is creative and practical, with strong input from industry partners like Weta Workshop, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Auckland Art Gallery, Creative New Zealand and Kate Sylvester.

As a Bachelor of Design student you have access to world-class facilities, collaborate with other art and design students, and in your final year you may be able to showcase your work at the AUT School of Art and Design festival or the AUT Rookie fashion show.

Minimum entry requirements

Portfolio guidelines: Applying to study art and design

International student entry requirements

Preferential entry

You may be eligible for preferential entry to the Bachelor of Design if:

  • You are a current Year 13 student at a NZ secondary school, and
  • You have achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence endorsement overall and with an Excellence endorsement in one or more approved art, design or technology subjects, or
  • You have achieved a University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) AS grade A or B in one or more approved art, design or technology subjects.

This means you won’t need to submit a portfolio of art or design work. If you believe you are eligible for preferential entry, apply online and submit your application without a portfolio.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

Classical Studies, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Design and Visual Communication, Design (Practical Art), Digital Technologies or Hangarau Matihiko, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Mathematics or Pāngarau, Media Studies, Photography (Practical Art), Physics, Processing Technologies, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Technology or Hangarau

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with our Certificate in Science and Technology.

Certificate in Science and Technology

Transferring to AUT (recognition of prior learning)

You may be eligible to enter Year 2 or Year 3 of our design degree if you have completed all or part of a design or visual arts degree at another approved tertiary institution. Applications for cross-credits will normally be assessed after you receive an offer of place for the Bachelor of Design.

Email artbox@aut.ac.nz

Majors in the Bachelor of Design

A major is your main area of study within the Bachelor of Design (300 points of your degree). You choose your major when you apply to AUT.

South Campus major

City Campus majors

You can study the following minors when you are enrolled in the Bachelor of Design or the Bachelor of Visual Arts:

Cinematic Arts

Discover the magic of filmmaking processes. Explore cinematic language and production techniques, then apply your new skills and understanding to create a moving image work of your own.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Creative Entrepreneurship

Discover business for creative concepts - covering economics, innovation, creative entrepreneurship, strategic thinking, branding and marketing.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the papers below, including a Level 7 paper or both compulsory core papers ARDN502 and ARDN702, in addition to 30 points from DESN600, DESN601, MARS501, ENTR501 of which at least one paper or 15 points must be at level 6.

Design for Sustainability

Discover how art and design can contribute to a new future where both people and our planet will prosper. Explore ecological and social aspects of design for sustainability.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Digital Fabrication

Use the latest advanced technologies including 3D printing, computer controlled CNC cutting, milling and routing, and laser cutting to produce three-dimensional work. You’ll gain an understanding of how digital fabrication can be a driver for your creative ideas, through to your final product.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a mindset and set of creative methods that can be used to interrogate, understand and solve real-life business, social and environmental problems.

Working collaboratively with others, you'll learn to develop an understanding of the needs of the people you're designing for, experiment and explore creative ideas, and create physical and experiential design solutions.

This minor is aimed at students who are interested in developing design thinking expertise to support their major discipline area.

Minor must include

60 points from papers listed below including DESN501 with at least 15 points at level 7

Level 5 papers

Level 6 papers

Level 7 papers

Experimental Surface Design

Explore the language of surface pattern and fabrication, create innovative and experimental fabrics and surface designs. This minor supports the development of work across a range of disciplines and potential applications. Emphasis is placed upon the importance of learning through making and the relationship between the maker, the process of making and the work.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you'll study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Motion Capture

Explore a series of MoCap applications in state-of-the-art facilities, including performance capture for pre-visusualisation, 3D animation, visual effects, gaming, virtual reality and experimental practice. Become an expert in a variety of approaches to motion capture with a range of production and post-production tools and techniques.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Photographic Practice

Explore fundamentals of digital camera technologies, lighting, post-production and editing, along with implications of photographic representation and communication.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Temporary Practices/Temporary Publics

Create multidisciplinary projects that explore social and public contexts to produce temporary events and durational artworks. Be part of a group of artists and designers working together (or independently) to make site-specific works, pop-up events, residencies, installations, interventions, ephemera and publications.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You will need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you will study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Urban Practices

Discover how cities touch and influence nearly everything in contemporary life. Explore and create art and design responses to city situations, including interpreting and understanding urban experience to better intervene into and transform it.

Papers are delivered over one semester and are worth 15 points each. You will need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you will study and complete core compulsory papers alongside studio and specialist papers in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following papers:

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Add an additional major or a minor to your bachelor’s degree and study another area that interests you. You can choose from a wide range of additional majors or minors.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

To help you develop a broad range of skills, as part of your Bachelor of Design degree you study a major (300 points of your degree) and a minor (60 points) across your three years at AUT.

Year 1

You complete two design studio papers and three other core papers related to your major, developing practical skills and a sound understanding of your chosen area of design. You also take the first paper from your minor.

Year 2 & 3

Build on what you have learnt in Year 1 and specialise further in your major and minor. You develop specific technical skills, and an understanding of design processes and theories.

At the heart of Year 3 of the Bachelor of Design degree is your final-year project, and you may have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the AUT Art and Design festival.

Broaden your options by studying double degrees

Double degrees double your knowledge and opportunities but don't necessarily take double the time to complete. If you study double degrees, you apply for and enrol separately in each of the two degrees. If you’re considering doing this, please seek course advice to discuss your plans. You may be able to cross-credit relevant papers from one degree to the other, although the number of cross-credits will vary depending on the degree combinations. Double degrees may be completed either one after the other or concurrently.

Study the Bachelor of Design and:

Detailed programme structure

Completing both degrees will help you gain a solid foundation in business as part of your studies – essential if you’re planning to run your own business or advance a product or service in the marketplace. You can complete these double degrees in four years if you enrol in Summer School. Otherwise you will complete the double degrees during your fifth year.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study will open up even more career opportunities for you. A 18-months master's degree will enable you to specialise in and research a particular area within your chosen discipline.

Master of Design

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3619
Level:
7
Points:
360
Duration:
3 years full-time / part-time available
Campus:
City Campus
South Campus
Starts:

24 Feb 2020

Apply by:
27 September 2019 (to study at AUT in 2020)
Fees:
Domestic
$6,580 - $6,628
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. Exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • Check if you're eligible for fees-free study
International
$32,850
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact fees will depend on papers selected and may vary from the figure stated.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019 the fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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