Master of Design

The Master of Design is a research degree aimed at developing your design expertise and empowering your decision-making.

Specialising in industrial design, fashion design and textile design, communication design, digital design or spatial design, you will work on interdisciplinary projects. Implementing creative research strategies, and continuing to develop expertise in your chosen field, you will contribute to a vibrant, collaborative design culture.

Through this degree you will advance your creative research skills, become ethically responsible and socially aware, and develop an understanding of the implications of working across cultural, social, and industrial contexts.

Start date: 2018

Start date: 2019

This programme brochure will be available soon.

Minimum entry requirements

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

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

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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 papers are offered each semester). We suggest you discuss which paper combinations  when you apply for  the Master of Design.

Option 1 - by thesis

Papers you study

And 45 points from the elective papers listed below

Complete a thesis

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

Option 2 - by project

Papers you study

And 75 points from the elective papers listed below

Complete a design research project

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

Elective papers

*Paper not being offered in 2018

More details about papers in this programme

Search for a paper (Arion)

Email the Postgraduate Coordinator or Dr Andrew Denton (Head of Department)

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

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.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.