Spatial design and industrial design use physical and virtual material processes to imagine new worlds, experiences, objects and products to affect human and environmental well-being.
Careers in spatial and industrial design
You’ll help to define the world that future generations will come to experience. As an industrial designer you'll develop inspirational and elegant products, objects and systems such as smart phones, multi-sport hydration packs, bike pumps, perfume bottles or even a life support system for Mars. Industrial design students at Massey use traditional and digital processes to explore, communicate and make products that are user-centred and offer innovative solutions. Our award-winning graduates' careers include designing for Apple, Nike, Fisher & Paykel, Formway, Kathmandu, Navman and Weta.
Spatial designers shape the environment that we inhabit and the ways that we might experience them. Spatial Design students at Massey are challenged to question conventions and imagine spaces of the future - spaces that enrich our experience of the world. Our graduates find exciting jobs as spatial, interior, architectural, digital, performance, landscape, web, digital FX, interaction and experience designers, and new types of jobs are constantly emerging.
Meet our graduates
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
Matt Holmes graduated with a Bachelor of Design from the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1989. Like many top students he was then employed by Fisher & Paykel.
Moving to the USA, Matt has designed over 150 shoes for Nike. More recently, Matt has moved from creating some of Nike’s most iconic and successful shoes to directing Creative Strategy for Nikes 100+ footwear designers.Matt Holmes
Bachelor of Design (Industrial 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)
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
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)
Industrial design graduate Holly Wright’s specialised saddle for disabled riders has won the top prize in the New Zealand section of the 2018 James Dyson Award.
She is only the second woman in the 18-year history of the competition to win the award, following the success last year of Nicole Austin – a fellow graduate from Massey University’s College of Creative Arts.
Nicole Austin’s re-modelled lamb docking or tailing iron has won the top prize in the New Zealand section of the James Dyson Award. In the 17 years the award has been run in New Zealand, Nicole was the first woman to win the award.The James Dyson Award
James Dyson Award
In 2019 Massey University was ranked 1st in Asia Pacific by International Red Dot Design Awards, the only design school to be ranked in New Zealand and Australia. This significant achievement recognises the high calibre of our teaching staff and the exceptional quality of our students design concept work.Red Dot
Red Dot Design Ranking
Rachael Hall has won international acclaim for the unique musical instrument she designed and handcrafted. Her award winning design is called the "Pato" and is an electric version of the traditional Tongan instrument.Best Design Awards, James Dyson Award, Red Dot Design Award
Contemporary Tongan drum wins international acclaim
Professor of Industrial Design, Tony Parker, was awarded a supreme purple pin for best design having earlier earned a gold pin for his hand-held digital weigh scale designed in conjunction with Gallagher Animal Management Systems.Best Design Awards
Best Design Awards: Purple & Gold Pin
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.
Fab Lab Wgtn is Australasia’s first digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fab Lab's capabilities include: A computer-controlled laser cutter; numerically-controlled milling machine; a sign cutter; a precision milling machine to make three-dimensional moulds; surface-mount circuit boards; and small 3D printers, for fast production of 3-dimensional forms.
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 Toystore offers a wide range of audiovisual equipment for design students to borrow, as well as access to large format printing and technical support.