Postgraduate Diploma in Design

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Entry requirements

  1. Admission to Massey University;
  2. Attainment of a relevant bachelor’s degree with a grade average that demonstrates an adequate level of preparation;
  3. Selection into the programme through an interview and the assessment of a portfolio of submitted design work;
  4. An appropriate level of English language proficiency.

Applications close on 15 November.

Late applications may be accepted up to 30 November 2017, subject to available spaces.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The programme is identical to the final year of the Bachelor of Design (Honours). You push the boundaries of design with a significant research-led independent project, expand and/or deepen your skills through electives, and round out this phase of your training with an externally focused course on creative entrepreneurship, exhibition or writing in the creative arts.

For a full-time student, your year will be:

Semester One

30 credits: Research and Development in your endorsement
15 credits: Elective
15 credits: Elective

Semester Two

45 credits: Research Project in your endorsement
15 credits: Creative Futures or Exhibition or Creative Exposition

Part-time students, please contact the College of Creative Arts ( for advice on the best way to structure your programme of study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Design structure

The Postgraduate Diploma in Design is a one year, two semester, taught course consisting of 120 credits with a focus on studio-based enquiry and the development of research skills. It may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

Majors or endorsements

Endorsements are available in Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Spatial Design, Textile Design, and Visual Communication Design.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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