Spatial and industrial design


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.

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3D Workshop

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.

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Fab Lab

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.

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Fashion Workrooms

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.

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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.

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Departments and staff

Find out more about the departments and staff involved in spatial and industrial design at Massey.

School of Design

College of Creative Arts

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