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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

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Entry requirements

  1. Applicants to the Postgraduate Diploma in Design require the following for consideration:
    1. meet the University admission requirements as specified; and
    2. have been awarded or qualified for the award of a Bachelor of Design or equivalent with an adequate grade point average;
    3. have been selected into the programme on the basis of a portfolio of design work and an interview if required.

Applications close on 15 November.

Late applications may be accepted, subject to available spaces.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in Design is a one year, two semester, taught course consisting of 120 credits with a focus on studio-based enquiry and the development of research skills. It may be taken on a part-time or full-time basis.

The programme is identical to the final year of the Bachelor of Design (Honours). You push the boundaries of design with a significant research-led independent project, expand and/or deepen your skills through electives, and round out this phase of your training with an externally focused course on creative entrepreneurship, exhibition or writing in the creative arts.

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

Postgraduate Diploma in Design structure

A year of full time study consists of the following:

Semester One

30 credits: Research and Development in your endorsement
15 credits: Elective (400 level Creative Arts course)
15 credits: Elective (400 level Creative Arts course)

Semester Two

45 credits: Research Project in your endorsement
15 credits: Creative Futures or Exhibition or Creative Exposition

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

Majors or endorsements

Endorsements are available in Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Spatial Design, Textile Design, and Visual Communication Design.

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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