1.5 – 3 years
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Tuition fee (entire course)
Foreign students
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

The Master of Design (MDes) offers you the opportunity to undertake a self-directed art or design project in a topic of your choice to create a body of work at an advanced standard. You'll work in an intellectually stimulating environment, with guidance from expert supervisors and regular presentations to visiting critics. Highlights include:

  • Create a body of new work, build a portfolio, develop your practice, improve job opportunities, and refresh your professional work.
  • Sharpen existing skills, strengthen self-reflection skills and take your work to a new level.
  • Work in a multi-disciplinary environment with exposure to a wide range of approaches, practices, and theories. This eases your transition into a professional environment that requires cross-disciplinary knowledge.
  • Get advanced feedback on your developing work from specialists in your field and visiting critics.
  • Improve your communication skills through critique sessions and written components.
  • Undertake research and training in contemporary contextual and theoretical frameworks.
  • Work in a collegial environment and be part of a mutually-enriching community of creative individuals.
  • Learn from lecturers and supervisors that include notable artists, designers, and educators.

Entry Requirements

  • A recognised bachelor degree in the same or similar discipline, with merit achievement, deemed to be an average grade of B- or higher in all level 7 courses; OR
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline, recognised as being equivalent to merit achievement in a bachelor degree.

English Language Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).
  • International Students for whom English is not their First Language
    • Completion of one of the following qualifications:
      • NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 5
      • Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language (Unitec Qualification)
    • An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6.5 with a no band score lower than 6;
    • An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of  590 (plus essay TWE of 5.5) OR an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 79 (plus writing score of 21);
    • Level C1 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
    • First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade A OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 58 or higher OR Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a score of 45 or higher  under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    • Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 58;
    • City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) C1 Expert with a score of 42.