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Bachelor of Design with Honours (Integrated Design)


Carve your own creative path

Take a unified approach to design. Develop strong design strategies and contextual understanding, applying your technical skills in the design fields of your choice.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Wellington
  • Duration

  • 4 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Other

  • Selected entry programme

Note: This programme may have an on-campus or in-person requirement and therefore requires that students submit a current My Vaccine Pass on enrolment.

Learn how to meet the needs of the real world as a versatile design problem-solver.

Design is about solving problems and embracing opportunity. Versatile designers need not be bound by a single specialty but can apply critical and creative thinking from one situation and apply it to another.

In the Bachelor of Design with Honours (Integrated Design) you’ll select courses from two or more of the other seven majors in the Bachelor of Design with Honours. You’ll push your study beyond traditional design boundaries.

Choose courses to form a unique programme of study, in consultation with the programme leader. You can choose courses from the following disciplines:

  • concept design
  • fashion design
  • industrial design
  • photography
  • spatial design
  • textile design
  • visual communication design (including graphic design, illustration, advertising and branding, interaction design and more).

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Careers and further study


You’ll graduate ready to address issues and solve the design problems of today and tomorrow. You might be working independently or collaborating with other designers and people from other backgrounds. Either way, you’ll be able to integrate many different design methods and points of view.

You’ll be innovative and independent, able to think strategically about processes, products and experiences. These skills that are highly sought-after in business, government and social enterprises as well as in conventional designer roles.

You could go on to pursue independent creative entrepreneurship, launching your own agency, fashion house, studio, product or service. 94% of our design graduates are employed or self-employed in relevant industries within six months of completing their degree.

Further study

Further your design research and practice with a Master of Design at Massey, or go on to create new knowledge with a PhD.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.   

To enter the Bachelor of Design with Honours programme you will:

  • submit a portfolio (if you do well in NCEA Level 2 art, design or technology (or equivalent) you may not need to submit a portfolio. See details below.)

Application closing date

If you are a new-to-Massey student, applications for this programme close on 30 November 2021 (for Semester One start) and 28 June 2022 (for Semester Two start). Late applications will be considered subject to available spaces.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Other requirements

Portfolio requirements

There are three main ways to gain entry to the Bachelor of Design with Honours

Automatic entry

If you achieved NCEA Level 2 or 3 with Merit or Excellence overall, and a Merit or Excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject, you have automatic entry and will not have to submit a portfolio.

This also applies for Cambridge International students achieving an AS grade A or B in an approved art, design or technology subject.

Portfolio pre-approval entry

You can show work in progress to a Massey College of Creative Arts staff member during a school visit, Massey Open Day or other University event, or in a video call. They’ll look at examples of your work with you and if it shows the creative potential we’re looking for, they’ll sign a portfolio pre-approval letter. Then you won’t need to submit a final portfolio with your application.

Portfolio entry

When you apply online, submit a portfolio showing a selection of your creative work that demonstrates your creative potential with your application to study.

See full details about portfolio requirements and pre-approvals

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

480 credits

  • Compulsory core courses – 105 credits
  • Major courses – 210 credits
  • Studio course selection – 45 credits
  • 400-level electives from Schedule C – 30 credits
  • Electives – 90 credits

Ensure that overall, you have:

  • Not more than 180 credits at 100 level
  • At least 90 credits at 200 level
  • At least 90 credits at 300 level
  • At least 120 credits at 400 level

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Courses for this specialisation

30 credits
198157 Studio I (Object) 15
212157 Studio I (Dress) 15
213157 Studio I (Art Lab) 15
213158 Studio I (Art Place) 15
221157 Studio I (Lens) 15
222157 Studio I (Screen) 15
222158 Studio I (Type) 15
223157 Studio I (Material) 15
224157 Studio I (Space) 15
296157 Studio I (Imagine) 15

Part Two

30 credits
198257 Design Studio IIA (Industrial) 30
212257 Design Studio IIA (Fashion) 30
221257 Design Studio IIA (Photography) 30
222257 Design Studio IIA (Visual Communication) 30
223257 Design Studio IIA (Textiles) 30
224257 Design Studio IIA (Spatial) 30
296257 Design Studio IIA (Concept) 30
30 credits
198258 Design Studio IIB (Industrial) 30
212258 Design Studio IIB (Fashion) 30
221258 Design Studio IIB (Photography) 30
222258 Design Studio IIB (Visual Communication) 30
223258 Design Studio IIB (Textiles) 30
224258 Design Studio IIB (Spatial) 30
296258 Design Studio IIB (Concept) 30

Part Three

30 credits
198357 Design Studio IIIA (Industrial) 30
212357 Design Studio IIIA (Fashion) 30
221357 Design Studio IIIA (Photography) 30
222357 Design Studio IIIA (Visual Communication) 30
223357 Design Studio IIIA (Textiles) 30
224357 Design Studio IIIA (Spatial) 30
296357 Design Studio IIIA (Concept) 30
30 credits
198358 Design Studio IIIB (Industrial) 30
212358 Design Studio IIIB (Fashion) 30
221358 Design Studio IIIB (Photography) 30
222358 Design Studio IIIB (Visual Communication) 30
223358 Design Studio IIIB (Textiles) 30
224358 Design Studio IIIB (Spatial) 30
296358 Design Studio IIIB (Concept) 30

Part Four

293453 Integrated Design Research and Development 30
293454 Integrated Design Research Project 45

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

About this major

The Integrated Design major in the Bachelor of Design with Honours consists of 210 credits.


Completing a minor is optional and may be a way for you to show the breadth of your degree.

A minor must be in a different subject from your major and be made up of at least 60 credits.

If you’re interested in doing a minor you should contact us using the enquire button on this page. Our student advice team will be able to talk you through your options and help you plan your degree.

More information:  ‘Yellow Book’.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this programme within the stated time limit, you will normally be able to graduate with a class of Honours.

  • Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want to learn to think critically about design, understanding different design methods and design context
  • explore strategies of combining ideas from across disciplines
  • craft your own creative expression.

Accreditations and rankings

Art & Design QS Ranking

Massey University's College of Creative Arts is ranked as one of the Top 100 art and design schools in the world by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

red dot design ranking

The Wellington School of Design is ranked Number 3 in Asia–Pacific for design concept by Red Dot—the only Australasian university in the top ten.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.


Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

Scholarships related to this programme

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships