Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Next start date
2020 Semester One – 2 March
2021 Semester One – 1 March
Available locations
City
Points
360
Programme type
Undergraduate

Programme overview

The world is changing, almost faster than we can keep up with. While we can’t accurately imagine future realities, we can develop skills that will help us adapt to them.

The Bachelor of Design uses a combination of case studies and real-world project briefs to enable your experimentation in making and prototyping. You will investigate the potential practical, social, political and environmental impacts of different design outcomes, using both digital and material technologies. Your learning will be supported by research academics and specialists drawn from industries relevant to contemporary design.
 

Programme structure

In your first year of study, you’ll be introduced to design methods, processes and rationale. You will also investigate design as a driver and responder to social needs in both contemporary and historic contexts.

Throughout your degree, you will build a personalised study plan around your Stage II compulsory courses, selecting your electives from four design themes:

  • Design and Business
  • Design and Emerging Technologies
  • Design and Global Challenges
  • Design and Local Communities

You can choose to focus on one or two design themes, or you can mix and match courses to suit your experience and developing interests.

In your final year, you will undertake a capstone design research project, working from the initial discovery phase right through to testing and implementation. This will be supported by a course aimed at advancing your understanding of design research methodologies. You will document your creative process in your accompanying critical essay or technical report.

The broad structure of the programme is:

  • Seven core courses: DESIGN 100, 101, 200, 201, 300, 301, 302 (165 points)
  • Nine elective courses from your chosen design themes: DESIGN 210-243 (135 points)
  • Two General Education courses (30 points)
  • Two additional elective courses from this degree or other bachelors degrees (30 points)

Sample programme structure

Year 1 120 points

  • Code:
    DESIGN 100
    Name:
    Design Methods and Processes 1
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    DESIGN 101
    Name:
    Why We Design
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DESIGN 201
    Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    General Education course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    General Education course
    Type:
    General Education course
    Points:
    15 pts

Year 2 120 points

  • Code:
    Design 200
    Name:
    Design Methods and Processes 2
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    30 pts
  • Code:
    Design 201
    Name:
    Creative Communities
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts

Year 3 120 points

  • Code:
    DESIGN 300
    Name:
    Design Research Methodologies
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Code:
    DESIGN 301
    Name:
    Advanced Design Methods Capstone
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    45 pts
  • Code:
    DESIGN 302
    Name:
    Critical-Technical Positioning
    Type:
    Compulsory core course
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts
  • Name:
    Elective taught course
    Type:
    Elective taught courses
    Points:
    15 pts

2020 entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You are guaranteed entry to this programme if you meet these requirements.

  1. First, you must meet the University Entrance (UE) standard.
  2. You must also meet the rank score for this programme. Not sure about your rank score? Use our rank score calculator.
  3. You may need to have studied certain subjects or achieved credits in particular subjects.
  4. Some programmes have additional requirements, such as an interview, portfolio or references.

Guaranteed rank score, subject and other requirements

If your rank score is slightly lower than the guaranteed score, we encourage you to still apply. We will consider your application if places are available. If you don’t meet the requirements, you may be able to apply under our Undergraduate Targeted Admission Schemes.

  • Qualification
    NCEA National Certificate of Educational Achievement
    Score required
    180
    • 16 credits in one subject from Table A
    • 16 credits in one subject from Table B
  • Qualification
    CIE Cambridge International Examinations
    Score required
    190
    • One subject from Table A
    • One subject from Table B
  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate
    Score required
    27

Read more about entry requirements for New Zealand secondary school applicants.

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution, or another University of Auckland qualification, if you meet these requirements.

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Further requirements

You must have completed one semester of successful bachelors degree study at a New Zealand tertiary institution, or one year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

Transfer of Credit - You can apply for transfer of credit for tertiary courses completed elsewhere as part of your Application for Admission. If you have completed study at another New Zealand University, get an estimate of the transfer credit you may be eligible for, using our Transfer Credit Calculator.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

My highest qualification is from this country:

Secondary school qualifications

If you're joining us from secondary school, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You need to have one of the following:

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects with at least a 'C' grade or higher. General Studies or similar general papers cannot be included.

GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA, Pearson Education Limited and CIE taken outside of New Zealand.

Minimum grade, subject and other requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

  • Qualification
    IB International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Score required
    27
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0
  • Qualification
    GCE A Level General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level
    Score required
    BCC
    Qualification
    IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
    Score required
    6.0

Tertiary qualifications

If you've studied at a tertiary institution, here's what you need to enter the programme.

You can transfer from another tertiary institution if you meet these requirements.

You need to have the following:

You must have completed one semester of successful bachelors degree study from a New Zealand tertiary institution, or one year of successful study as part of an acceptable sub-degree qualification from a New Zealand tertiary institution.

See information about prior tertiary study requirements

Minimum grade requirements

These are the likely grades required, but they do not guarantee entry. Applicants may require higher grades to gain entry to this programme.

Other pathways to study

You could be eligible for another programme, or check out these alternative pathways:

How much does a Bachelor of Design cost per year?

2019 fees

This programme commences in Semester One 2020 (Monday 2 March). Fees for 2020 are yet to be set.

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Please note: We will consider late applications if places are still available. International students should start the application process as early as possible to allow sufficient time to apply for a visa.

Application closing dates

Semester One 2020
8 December 2019

How to apply

Applying for an undergraduate programme? Check out our step-by-step guide.

Conjoints available for this programme

  • Advanced Science (Honours)
  • Arts
  • Commerce
  • Engineering (Honours)
  • Global Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Law
  • Law (Honours)
  • Music
  • Property
  • Science

Where could this programme take you?

There are many new and emerging roles for designers. It’s an exciting time to enter this rapidly expanding field. As a BDes graduate, you’ll be able to launch your own entrepreneurial exploits. You’ll also have skills suited to existing organisations that integrate contemporary design into their business practices. Companies will be poised to take advantage of emerging market opportunities at an early stage if they’re comfortable with disruptive technologies and able to apply a variety of creative approaches to problem-solving. Graduates who are flexible, adaptable and capable of exploring more than one way of doing things will therefore be highly sought after for business growth.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Design strategist
  • Experience designer
  • Industrial designer
  • Innovation manager
  • Interaction designer
  • Product designer
  • Project manager
  • Service designer

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