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Wellington School of Design
Study with the Wellington School of Design and address local and global issues—producing inspiring design solutions for a rapidly changing world.
At undergraduate level, choose from eight interdisciplinary majors: concept, fashion, industrial, integrated, photography, spatial, textiles and visual communication design.
We excel across many disciplines and have the highest number of top-ranked researchers in design, visual art and craft in New Zealand following the 2018 PBRF round.
Our research units include Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, focusing on improving lives through design, and Design+Democracy, exploring the role of design and design thinking in advancing twenty-first century citizenship.
Meet our graduates
Steph O’Shea took an Internship paper which led to a two-week trial with the Wellington City Council’s Urban Design team. They were so impressed they offered her a part-time job throughout her 4th year, as well as a job at the end of her degree.
Steph says; “Studying Spatial Design has hugely developed my design thinking, and provided me with tools to explore design through many different processes.”Steph O'Shea
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Spatial Design)
Nicole has been employed at Fisher and Paykel Appliances for the past year, and is in the process of commercialising her concept: ‘Moray’, a lamb docking iron which won gold at the Best Awards and was the New Zealand winner of the International James Dyson Award in 2017.Nicole Austin
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Industrial Design)
An industrial design graduate of 1989, Danny joined Apple Computers in 1993.
Over the next 20 years he was part of the elite team that changed the way the world communicated. Apple grew to be one of the most successful and prestigious design studios in the world, and Danny’s contributions were recognised with many international awards.Danny Coster
Phoebe has been illustrating for herself since about 1996, and for other people since 2013.
She creates illustrations for apps, websites, editorials, animation and interior design, with clients that have included Trade Me, Xero, Spark, Kiwibank, Acme & Co, Te Papa, Nikau Cafe, Experience agency and The Wireless.Phoebe Morris
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Visual Communication Design)
Sydney is passionate about exploring embellishment and texture for fashion apparel, finding inspiration in both the natural and scientific worlds and often combining them in her garments. She’s planning to study her Masters in Textile Design soon but is taking time out to develop a line of wearable jewellery that explores the sculptural magnetic forms she created for her final year collection.Sydney Lash
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Textile Design)
Sir Richard Taylor is famed for his work alongside Peter Jackson in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. A multiple Oscar winner, Richard studied at the Wellington School of Design from 1982 to 1984, where he tended to ‘alter the brief to suit his skills’.Sir Richard Taylor
Honorary Professor, College of Creative Arts
In 2017 Yoshi was selected to take part in the Graduate Show at New Zealand Fashion Week, where she showed her final collection ‘kiru’. This collection brought notions of the kimono into a contemporary context, and was seen by hundreds of international media and industry representatives. Yoshi is now employed in the design team at New Zealand sustainable fashion label KowTow.hundreds of international media and industry representatives.
Yoshi is now employed in the design team at New Zealand sustainable fashion label Kowtow.Yoshino Muruyama
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Fashion Design)
Design+Democracy works with industry, government, and the social sector to ignite a passion for democracy in young people through user-centred design.
Technology has made it easier than ever to access information, connect, build networks and communicate ideas. Through design, we can harness technology to build a vibrant democracy.
Toi Āria: Design for Public Good
Toi Āria is a public engagement centre helping organisations create and deliver community-centred policies and services. We operate in a unique niche within Massey where our key motivation is to facilitate outcomes that prioritise the voice of those most affected.
Toi Āria harnesses the power of design for public good.
Students can access a number of workshops on campus, alongside technical staff who will introduce them to the equipment and assist them if required. The 3D Workshop has specialty spaces to explore materials, prototyping and manufacturing processes. This includes wood, plastics, engineering, resins/ casting, welding, sanding and spray booths, CNC (water jet cutter, laser cutters, mill, routers) through to wood and metal working machinery and hand tools.
Textiles construction studio
Our spacious textile weave and knit design and construction studio includes domestic single bed knitting machines, 8 shaft table looms, 16 and 32 shaft AVL floor looms, and a needle felting machine for felt and non-woven production.
The print and type studio includes: A laser cutter; vinyl cutter; metal and wooden type; cylinder and platen presses; and screen printing equipment.
The Toystore offers a wide range of audiovisual equipment for design students to borrow, as well as access to large format printing and technical support.
Massey University's Wellington campus lighting studio provides students with access to an industry equivalent photographic/film studio consisting of built-in coved backdrop, a lighting grid, small camera dolly/crane, lights and accessories required to shoot anything from a small product shot to a short film.
Dye, digital print and screen print
Students have access to the synthetic colouration and natural dye laboratory, which includes a dye vat and colour testing winch. There is also a digital sublimation printer for polyester fabrics and materials, and screen printing facility with 7m print tables.
Students have access to extensive workrooms that include plain sewers, overlockers, industrial presses, buttonholers, bar tackers, knit and leather machinery. The expansive studios have large tables for pattern-making and cutting, and computer labs for digital pattern-making using CAD software, pattern digitising and plotting. There is space for students to set up their own working stations as they prepare final collections or presentations.
The VR/AR room is a specialised room located at Massey University's Wellington campus. Students can explore and prototype virtual spaces and experiences, or create virtual artworks or designs using virtual reality and augmented reality equipment.
Accreditation and rankings
Massey University's College of Creative Arts is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the Top 100 art and design schools in the world. QS is an organisation that ranks universities worldwide in various topics.Quacquarelli Symonds
Massey University College of Creative Arts is NASAD approved as Substantially Equivalent.
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is an accrediting organisation of colleges, schools and universities in the US. It establishes standards for graduate and undergraduate degrees and means our degrees are considered up there with some of the best art and design degrees in the world.NASAD
The New Zealand VR/AR Association Inc. (NZVRARA) and Massey University School of Design have a strategic partnership to support the fast-growing New Zealand virtual and mixed reality sector.NZVRARA
Ngā Pae Māhutonga Wellington School of Design is ranked 1st in Asia Pacific by Red Dot in 2019, and continues to be the only school in Australasia to be included in the top 10. Recognition by this international design agency gives us a distinctive seal of quality for our design programmes.red dot
Staff and careers
College of Creative Arts
Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts at Massey University is a world-class art and design school based in Wellington, New Zealand.