Undergraduate study in Design

What can you study in Design?

The Bachelor of Design introduces you to design thinking, tools and technologies. It also explores how contemporary design is utilised in various sectors to boost innovation and productivity. You will learn the value of idea generation, prototyping, and user experience, all while considering the social, ethical and economic implications of design.

You will explore new media and technologies, such as virtual and augmented realities, 3D printing and robotics. You’ll be exposed to different design methods and processes that will allow you to extend your creativity.

Design encompasses analysis, decision-making, communication and collaboration. Designers gather data with the client, assess design needs, discuss solutions, evaluate outcomes, and agree on a way forward. This makes design a fantastic “connector” with other fields. You can therefore choose to study Design as a conjoint programme with one of the following:

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


Explore the undergraduate courses you can take as part of the Bachelor of Design or a conjoint programme with Design.
Stage I–III courses

Required courses

You must pass the following courses as part of the Bachelor of Design or a conjoint programme with Design:

  • DESIGN 100, 101, 200, 201, 300, 301, 302

Elective courses

Elective courses are organised into four thematic areas of enquiry. You can choose to focus on one or two thematic areas, or build your own study plan to suit your experience and interests.

  • Design for Business: DESIGN 220, 222, 223
  • Design Futures: DESIGN 230, 231, 232, 233
  • Made in New Zealand (Methods and Manufacturing): DESIGN 240, 241, 242, 243
  • New Zealand Narratives (Place, Indigeneity and Data): DESIGN 210, 211, 212, 213

Where can undergraduate study in Design take you?

Undergraduate study in Design will prepare you to be proactive in a world of expanding job futures and ways of working. Companies will take advantage of emerging market potentials at an early stage through their comfort with disruptive technologies and the application of varied creative approaches to solve problems and identify opportunities. People who are flexible, adaptable and able to explore more than one way of doing things will be highly sought after for business growth.

Recently,many new roles have emerged for designers. It’s an exciting time to enter this rapidly expanding field. As well as being able to launch your own entrepreneurial exploits, you’ll be suited to existing organisations integrating contemporary design into their business practices.

Jobs related to Design:

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

Scholarships and awards

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