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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for Massey’s 180-credit Master of Design are:

  1. Admission to Massey University;
  2. Attainment of a Bachelor of Design or equivalent with a grade average of at least B;
  3. Selection into the programme through an interview and the assessment of a portfolio of submitted design work; and
  4. An appropriate level of English language proficiency.

If you have a Bachelor of Design (Honours) or Postgraduate Diploma in Design or equivalent with a grade average that indicates an adequate level of preparation, you do not have to do Part One of the Master of Design and may proceed direct to the 120-credit thesis project. To do this, you must submit a proposal of your intended research project. We are looking for proposals that are academically viable, industry-linked and able to be supported by Massey resources.

There are three intakes for the Master of Design: late February, mid-July and mid-September each year. Applications due dates are: 30 November (February start), 15 June (July start), 15 August (September start).

Late applications for the February (Semester 1) start may be accepted up to 15 February 2020, subject to available spaces.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

Master of Design (120 credits)

For entry to the MDes 120 you must submit a research proposal for your intended thesis project, as well as a portfolio of your creative work. We are looking for proposals that are academically viable and able to be supported by Massey resources.

Prerequisites: Honours degree, or equivalent (eg. US four-year Bachelor degree).

Duration: One year full-time; may be done part-time.

Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Research may be undertaken elsewhere.

Application deadline: 15 June (July start) 15 August (September start) 15 November (February start)

International applications: It is recommended that international applicants apply at least three months before the start date to allow for processing.

For more information about the Master of Design 120 check out the College of Creative Arts website.

Master of Design—Weta Workshop School at Massey University

Prerequisites: Honours degree, or equivalent (eg. US four-year Bachelor degree).

For more information go to wetaworkshopschool.massey.ac.nz

Master of Design 180

The 180-credit Master of Design (starting in September 2019) has two parts:

Part One: taught courses

Complete 60 credits of taught courses over a semester to build your research and technical skill. Take a compulsory course in creative research practices (30 credits). Creative Research Practices I starts your MDes experience with a critical focus on research for design and ends with you developing your thesis project proposal. You also take two more taught courses (15 credits each). Options include a digital fabrication path through Fab Lab Wellington, which will set you up to use open design and digital fabrication approaches in your thesis project. We have an Independent Study option, where you negotiate one-on-one or small group supervision with a lecturer on a research field of mutual interest. We also offer a range of Honours-level courses in textiles, fashion, visual communication, photography, industrial and spatial design. For details of elective courses, see CoCA’s Yellow Book.

Part Two: thesis

For progression to Part Two, you must have a grade average of at least B in Part One. Join the MDes 120 students with a full 12 months to focus on mastering your research proposal and thesis project, and delivering, for examination, a well worked out solution. A year is not very long; those who are most successful generally start the year with a clearly identified problem, or project brief, and develop strong relationships with their external ‘client’ from early on.

External connections are really important in MDes thesis projects. We expect you to keep in regular contact with your external partners or community of interest. Some projects even require you to be located in a business or factory for long periods.

Prerequisites: The entry requirements for Massey’s 180-credit Master of Design are:

  • Admission to Massey University;
  • Attainment of a Bachelor of Design or equivalent with a grade average of at least B;
  • Selection into the programme through an interview and the assessment of a research proposal and portfolio of your creative work;
  • An appropriate level of English language proficiency.

Duration: 12 to 18 months.

Location: Wellington, New Zealand. Research may be undertaken elsewhere.

Application deadline:

Applications are due 15 August 2019 to start in September 2019.

Master of Design structure

To see the courses that are necessary to complete the programme, please see the regulations button.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course Search.

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

Courses

Part One: 60 credits of taught courses

You must enrol in the compulsory course:

  • 197.701: Creative Research Practices I (30 credits)

You also choose another 30 credits in courses at 700-level or 400-level. For the digital fabrication path, those courses are:

  • 197.706 Advanced Digital Fabrication for Creative Research 1 (15 credits)
  • 197.707, Advanced Digital Fabrication for Creative Research 2 (15 credits)

Part Two: 120 credits design thesis

You enrol in:

  • 197.802 Design Thesis Part I (60 credits)
  • 197.803 Design Thesis Part II (60 credits)

For more information or planning advice please discuss with an Academic Advisor.


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.

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