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

Download application documents

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.

Communication Design pathway

Explore how communication design can transform and enrich human experience. You develop expertise in analysing, researching and applying master's level thinking and design practice in a range areas, including visual language, information design, wayfinding, typographic design, interactive and augmented design, layout, social media and web-based design propositions.

We promote a collaborative design approach responsive to the needs of users, the environment and business; enabling a conceptually driven approach to design concepts. You can hone your design skills and acquire knowledge and experience with cutting-edge technologies through design research. We challenge you to think creatively and push accepted boundaries.

Health and Wellbeing pathway

The award-winning Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab is a collaboration between the Auckland DHB and AUT, aimed at improving healthcare experiences with patients, families and staff at Auckland City Hospital.

The lab works on a project-by project basis, incorporating all design disciplines to create solutions across spaces, environments, communication, services, digital and physical products. Through this pathway you learn to customise your approach to health and wellbeing problems through using human-centred design.

Design for Health and Wellbeing Lab website


Health and Wellbeing Gallery

Spatial Design pathway

Focus on the specialist areas of spatial experience, material narratives, visual production, and explore how space transforms and enriches us. You develop expertise in analysing and interpreting existing conditions and sites to build a sense of place, visualising immersive spaces and helping others to visualise space. We work with what already exists, refitting, reusing, reworking and adapting. We're detail-oriented, attending to materials, surfaces, pattern, fabrication, and connections. This pathways blends craft-based skills with cutting-edge technologies through creative design outputs that push innovation and boundaries within spatial design.

Facilities you can access:

  • Digital fabrication facilities
  • Virtual production facilities
  • Textile design laboratories
  • 3D laboratories
  • Moving image and photography facilities
  • Wet laboratories for prototyping ceramics and other media


Spatial Design Gallery

Strategic Leadership in Design pathway

Successful design leaders integrate imagination and tactics to create meaning, design experience and commercialise value through product, service and organisational innovation. This pathway combines creativity with strategic design thinking to create significant competitive advantage that is desirable, feasible and sustainable in a business context.

It aims to develop, bridge and enhance students’ creative potentials by instilling potent theoretical, tactical and design comprehensions to undertake leadership roles in strategic design in the creative industries, government sectors, and institutions.


Strategic Leadership Gallery

Textile Design: Future Materials pathway

The Textile Design pathway focuses on print, knit, laser cut, and 2D or 3D technologies; incorporating multimedia and fabrication approaches to re-think textile design on a local and global level. Individual research supervision will be offered across a range of textile design projects, including textiles for architectural design, seamless knitted textile applications, digital and analogue print design, e-textile design applications and developments, local textile innovation design solutions, and global textile issues and design innovation.


Textile Design Gallery

Facilities you can access:

  • Industrial seamless knit computerised knitting machines
  • Dubied hand-flat and domestic knitting machines
  • Industrial 18 colour intarsia knitting machine
  • Apex Shima Seiki Design Systems
  • Industrial seamless accessory machine
  • Industrial digital print roll to roll machine
  • Flat proto-type industrial digital print machine
  • Screen printing facilities
  • 3D printing facilities
  • Laser cutting facilities
  • Felting machine

Virtual Production pathway

Create a study plan that critically engages with emerging and innovative digital production technologies, processes and practices that create interfaces between the real and virtual. You will have access to AUT's motion capture suite and sound studio.

Areas you can specialise in:

  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Motion capture
  • Animation
  • Cinematic and post-cinematic practices
  • Fine arts practices and technology
  • Screendance
  • Visual effects
  • Future pedagogy
  • Gaming
  • Sound design for VR
  • Interactive art and design practices
  • Experience design


Virtual Production Gallery

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1328
Level:
9
Points:
180
Duration:
1.5 years full-time
Campus:
City Campus
Starts:

16 Jul 2018

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

Apply by:
15 June 2018 (July intake)
  • 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.

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