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Master of Design degree

The Master of Design is a postgraduate design degree that advances your design expertise and empowers your decision-making.

You can specialise in industrial design, fashion design and textile design, communication design, digital design or spatial design, and will work on interdisciplinary design projects. You'll research a topic of your interest, and continue to develop expertise in your chosen field of design.

As a postgraduate design student, you'll contribute to a vibrant, collaborative design culture. You further your creative research skills, become ethically responsible and socially aware, and explore the implications of working as a designer across cultural, social and industrial contexts.

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Start date: 2023

Minimum entry requirements

  • Bachelor of Design or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in the courses at level 7 or above

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and attend a selection interview

English language requirements

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

English language requirements

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You can research design by choosing 60 points of coursework and a 120 point thesis, or 90 points of coursework and a 90 point research project. Each option can be tailored to suit your research interests (not all courses are offered each semester). We suggest you discuss which course combinations  when you apply for the Master of Design degree.

Option 1 - by thesis

Courses you study

And 45 points from the elective courses listed below

Complete a thesis

Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a B- average in coursework courses, including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.

Option 2 - by project

Courses you study

And 75 points from the elective courses listed below

Complete a design research project

Enrolment in a research project is subject to achieving at least a B- average in coursework courses, including a pass in Research Methods and approval of research proposal.

Elective courses

Please note that not all of the courses listed below may run each year/semester.

More details about courses in this programme

Search for a course (Arion)

Email the Postgraduate Coordinator

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

Develop your expertise in communication design, design for health and wellbeing, spatial design, strategic leadership in design, textile design and virtual production. Within each discipline, there are potential study and research pathways.

Hana Stay
Frank Liu
Kiarna Michie
Hollie Riddell
Mona Cui
Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1328
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1.5 years full-time, up to 3 years part-time
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:
27 Feb 2023
Fees
Domestic
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
International
$41,874 (for 120 points)
($40,800 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.

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