Master of Design (MDes)

Advance your design abilities and develop the specialist skills to solve future challenges and deliver positive change.

Programme overview

To make a positive impact on current and future challenges, we must be ready to pivot rapidly to create solutions. Only through a deeper level of understanding of the theories, tools and technologies available to us can we produce meaningful and high-impact outcomes.

The Master of Design builds upon your previous knowledge by enabling advanced inquiry into design methodologies, encouraging independent research projects and access to real-world design issues. You’ll have the chance to work with industry leaders as well as produce an individualised design solution from conception to completion.

This programme is subject to final regulatory approval and is therefore subject to change.

Quick facts

Programme type Postgraduate
Research and taught options available
Points 120 or 180
Duration

Taught or Research 180-point: 1.5 years full time, and part-time varies.

Taught or Research 120-point: 1 year full time, and part-time varies.

Location City Campus

Entry requirements

MDes 180 points (taught or research):

You need to have completed either:

  • a Bachelors degree from a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a grade point average of 5.0 or higher across 90 points at Stage III

or

  • the Postgraduate Certificate in Design (PGCertDes) with a grade point average of 5.0 or higher.
  • Alternatively, in exceptional circumstances, if you have extensive relevant practical, professional or scholarly experience which is deemed equivalent to the above standard, then you may be considered for admission. An interview will be needed to assist in the assessment of your application. Once you submit your Application for Admission, we will contact you directly about scheduling an interview (in-person, telephone, Skype, or Zoom).

MDes 120 points (taught or research):

You need to have completed a Bachelors (Honours) degree, or a one-year postgraduate degree after a undergraduate degree, at a recognised university (or similar institution) and you will need a grade point average of 5.0 or higher.

Further requirements

As part of your application for the MDes, you will need to supply a written statement and curriculum vitae of relevant experience:

  • Written Statement: Your written statement should address your reasons for wanting to participate in the programme and how you see this contributing to your future career aspirations. Your statement should be approximately 500 words in length.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): Your CV should include descriptions and examples of relevant work experience and any other activities considered appropriate for your application (for example: participation in design projects (professional and amateur), involvement in community activities, details of any academic and/or professional design awards/prizes).

Enquiries

Applications for this programme close on 8 December. We welcome late applications and we will continue to accept these as long as spaces are still available.

For all enquiries about the Master of Design, email us at info-creative@auckland.ac.nz or book an appointment with one of our Academic Advisers to discuss your study plans.