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.

Start date: 2019

Minimum entry requirements

Selection criteria

  • Interview may be required

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent.

Preferred New Zealand school subjects

Communication Design, Fashion Design, Spatial Design, Textile Design

Classical Studies, Design and Visual Communication (for Spatial Design only), Design (Practical Art), English, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies

Digital Design

Classical Studies, Design and Visual Communication, Design (Practical Art), Digital Technologies, English, Geography, History, History of Art, Mathematics, Media Studies, Photography (Practical Art), Physics

Industrial Design

Classical Studies, Design and Visual Communication, Design (Practical Art), English, Geography, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Physics

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

Minors

To help you develop a broad range of skills, you study a minor (60 points) as part of this degree:

Enrolment in minors is subject to availability (not all minors listed above will be open each year). You also have the option of studying a minor or elective papers from outside the Bachelor of Design.

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 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:

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.

Detailed programme structure for these double degrees

Postgraduate study

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

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

25 Feb 2019

  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
  • The tuition fee for a year of full-time study varies depending on your course of study and the combination of papers you study within your qualification. Estimates given are based on paper selection of previous student enrolments within each qualification. Your exact fees will be calculated at the time of invoicing.
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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.