Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa - Bachelor of Design

Want a career in design? Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa - Bachelor of Design will help you turn your creative ideas into reality in a studio-based environment with excellent facilities.

Study design with us and we’ll help you turn your creative ideas into reality. AUT's design degree responds to the changing nature of design careers by focusing on the connections between different design disciplines, the importance of mātauranga Māori, and new and emergent technologies.

You’ll become familiar with the growing ethical and moral responsibilities of design professionals, and will be ready to use your design skills to create a better future. You'll have access to outstanding facilities and industry connections, and may also have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the AUT Art & Design Festival.

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Minimum entry requirements

International student entry requirements

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, Computing, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Design (Practical Art), Design and Visual Communication, Digital Technologies or Hangarau Matihiko, English, Geography, Hangarau, Hauora, Health, History, History of Art, Mathematics/Pāngarau, Media Studies, Music Studies, Ngā Mahi a Rēhia, Ngā Toi, Ngā Toi Ataata, Ngā Toi Puoro, Painting (Practical Art), Pāngarau, Photography (Practical Art), Physics, Printmaking (Practical Art), Processing Technologies, Psychology, Pūtaiao/Science, Sculpture (Practical Art), Technology/Hangarau, Te Ao Haka, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Technology, Visual Arts

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with Tītohu mō te Hoahoa - Diploma in Design.

Tītohu mō te Hoahoa - Diploma in Design 

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 Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa - Bachelor of Design.


You can build your degree in a way that suits you and your interests, and include subjects from outside of design as part of your studies.

To graduate with this degree you need to complete:

Core courses (120 points)

These are courses all students in this degree need to take. They cover fundamental design principles and processes, and help you decide which subject to focus on later in your studies. One of the core courses is the Integrated Design Practice you complete in your final semester; a great chance to gain workplace experience related to your studies.

Your chosen major (120 points)

Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. This makes up one third of your degree and consists of courses related to your chosen subject. You can view the list of majors in this degree in the ‘Majors’ tab.

Flexible component (120 points)

You can choose one of the following options

  • Two minors (60 points each); or
  • A minor (60 points) and elective courses (60 points); or
  • A second major (120 points)

Your second major, minor(s) and elective courses can be from different AUT degrees; they don’t need to be from design.

Build your degree

Use our online tool to build your own degree and see what your three years of study could look like.

Build your degreeBuild your degree

Your major is the subject area you want to specialise in. It makes up one third of your degree.

Choose one of these majors as part of your degree

Add a second major

If you want to include a second major, you can choose another subject from the list above or view more options from different AUT degrees

A minor is smaller than a major. It usually consists of four courses.

Design minors you could choose

If you decide to include one or two minors in your degree, you could choose from:

Add a minor from outside of design

You can also choose your minor(s) from subjects outside of design to complement your degree.

View more options from different AUT degrees

Postgraduate study

Diploma study options

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Yuli Wang
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Quick facts
Programme code:
3 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
26 Feb 2024
$8,165 - $8,216 (for 120 points)
($7,091 - $7,142. tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$38,674 (for 120 points)
($37,600 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • 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.
  • Fees-free study may be available for domestic students

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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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