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Postgraduate Diploma in Design

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • The programme is 120 credits, equating to one year of full-time study, that may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Start your postgraduate design journey

Go beyond your Bachelor’s degree and advance your design thinking with a Postgraduate Diploma in Design.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Design provides an opportunity for students across the design spectrum to upskill in creative practice, modern design technology, and theory.

Extend your design speciality or explore new horizons, with the opportunity to specialise in Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Spatial Design, Textile Design or Visual Communication Design.

This one year, full-time programme will give you an introduction to postgraduate research processes and contemporary design theory. You’ll push the boundaries of your design practice with a significant research-led independent project, in addition to elective courses and an externally focused course on creative entrepreneurship, exhibition, or writing in the creative arts.

This programme is the same as the Honours year of the Bachelor of Design with Honours, so gives you a chance to bridge the gap to postgraduate design study if you don’t have an Honours degree.

A good fit if you:

  • Studied design at undergraduate level and want to push your learning further
  • Want to do a Master of Design but don’t have a Honours degree
  • Want to develop research and analysis skills and apply them to your design practice

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