Bachelor of Design with Honours – BDes(Hons)

Change the world through design. Study in New Zealand’s leading and most comprehensive design qualification.

Type of qualification

Bachelor's degree with honours

Level of study

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is usually the first one you study.

NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

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Time to complete

4 year(s) full-time (480 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time
Part-time available

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand
Note: Selected entry qualification

Study a Bachelor of Design with Honours – BDes(Hons)

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

Get the full picture

As a Massey design student, you will spend most of your time making and thinking in studios, workshops and media labs.

There are many opportunities to explore other design fields from your major through electives (courses you choose). Cross-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged.

Solve real problems and challenge how we see the world

Design thinking is about reflecting on the world around you and considering the needs of diverse people, cultures and contexts. In your fourth year, you will have the opportunity to engage with live briefs and external clients.

Massey’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington offers a broad range of qualifications in visual communication design, concept design, fashion design, industrial design, integrated design, spatial design, textile design, and photography. With a history that can be traced back to 1886, our School of Design is the largest and most comprehensive design school in New Zealand. We have produced many of our country’s most renowned designers.

How does it work?

As a design degree student, you will enrol in the honours qualification. Towards the end of the third year, you decide whether you want to stick with the honours route, where your fourth year will be strongly research-led. The non-honours path is less research-focused and gives you room for more electives in fourth year.

Further study

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

A BDes(Hons) is a good fit if you:

  • are passionate about design and getting hands-on in the studio
  • want to re-define the way people live, work and play through great design
  • want to work alongside the best creative talent in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

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

We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and dedicated students who demonstrate skill and passion for design and the visual arts.

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.)

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.

Application closing date

Applications 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 qualification you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

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

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

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 qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this qualification 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 qualification.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this qualification thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Structure of the Bachelor of Design with Honours

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.

The Bachelor of Design with Honours is the best preparation for becoming a well-rounded designer, whatever your chosen field of practice. Regardless of what major you choose, your degree has the same basic structure:

Year One: fundamental design skills & principles

Studio courses in different design/art disciplines (your choice of 4, totalling 60 credits) + theory (30 credits) + electives (30 credits).

Year Two: focus on techniques, skills, processes in your major and important issues in design

Studio in your Major (60 credits) + theory/enterprise (30 credits) + electives (30 credits).

Year Three: increasing collaboration across majors

Studio (60 credits) + theory/enterprise (30 credits) + electives. (30 credits).

Year Four: design research & development project

Studio (75 credits) + an externally focused course (15 credits) + electives (30 credits).

More information:  ‘Yellow Book’.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Courses
Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Credits
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Specialisations
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

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.

Course planning key

Prerequisites
Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Corequisites
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Restrictions
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Schedule A: Core courses

Part One

Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 237130 Communication for Makers 15 credits

This course introduces students to academic writing and oral communication skills in the creative arts with a focus on stylistic characteristics and critical thinking. The course is underpinned by a basic overview of historical epochs from the 18th century to the present day.

Restrictions: 237101, 237114

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Course code: 237131 Conversations in Creative Cultures 15 credits

This course introduces students to the concept of world views, to key issues and debates concerning cultural identity in Aotearoa New Zealand and their implications for creative practices.

Restrictions: 237102

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Course code: 198157 Studio I (Object) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes in three dimensional form-giving, resourceful making and user experience. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197132

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Course code: 212157 Studio I (Dress) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes in creatively dressing bodies and fashioning garments. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197135

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Course code: 213157 Studio I (Art Lab) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes in art-making across different media. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197132

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Course code: 213158 Studio I (Art Place) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to explore specific techniques, strategies and processes making art works in relation to site and context. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197131

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Course code: 221157 Studio I (Lens) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes in photographic image-making. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 221101

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Course code: 222157 Studio I (Screen) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes that form the basis of digital screen areas such as video, web, animation, interaction and emerging technologies. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197131

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Course code: 222158 Studio I (Type) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes for a range of visual communication environments, using type. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197131, 222100

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Course code: 223157 Studio I (Material) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes through the investigation of materials, form, surface, image and pattern for the design and making of textiles. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197133

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Course code: 224157 Studio I (Space) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes for the definition and investigation of physical, temporal and digital spatial environments and their inhabitation. They will learn to discuss and evaluate their work and the work of their peers.

Restrictions: 197131

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Course code: 296157 Studio I (Imagine) 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to creative and analytical thinking skills, idea generation and visualisation common to art and design practice. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes for the definition and investigation of imagined conceptual worlds, stories, characters, and tools through the practice of iterative drawing, modelling and prototyping.

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Part Two

Choose 15 credits from
Course code: 237230 Creative Cultures & Contexts I 15 credits

This course introduces students to histories of design and art to develop a critical appreciation of change and context. It will include the analysis of selected visual and material cultural practices in a series of theme based modules that explore the origins and impacts of consumerism, globalisation, sustainability.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100-level Restrictions: 198281, 212202, 213252, 221281, 222281, 223202, 224281

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Course code: 197288 Creative Collaboration 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to conceptualise and create innovative offerings to experience and reflect upon collaboration as creative citizens.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 237231 Creative Cultures & Contexts II 15 credits

In this course students will explore and discover a broad range of critical perspectives relevant to the creative arts. They will select from a series of thematic modules, designed to prompt further consideration and questioning of creative practices.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Integrated Design major students must take
Course code: 197288 Creative Collaboration 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to conceptualise and create innovative offerings to experience and reflect upon collaboration as creative citizens.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Part Three

Choose 15 credits from
Course code: 237330 Creative Cultures & Ideas 15 credits

In this course students will explore and appraise a range of ideas that support the critical positioning of creative practices. The selected ideas will be explored through interdisciplinary engagement.

Prerequisites: 237230 or 237231

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Course code: 197388 Creative Communities 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to explore conceptual and strategic dimensions of professional practice through encounters with external partners. Students will develop an understanding of their position as creative citizens within a broader community, and produce strategic, innovative offerings that reflect this relationship.

Prerequisites: 75 Credits at 200 Level Restrictions: 198481, 212425, 221382, 222382, 223425, 224382

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Course code: 237331 Creative Cultures & Display 15 credits

In this course students will critically engage with a range of curatorial concepts in order to investigate modes of representation, collection, archiving, display and distribution. The course will overview key historical developments in 19th, 20th, and 21st century museum practices and examine selected cultural and ethical concerns for both community and institutional contexts.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 200-level

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Integrated Design major students must take
Course code: 197388 Creative Communities 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to explore conceptual and strategic dimensions of professional practice through encounters with external partners. Students will develop an understanding of their position as creative citizens within a broader community, and produce strategic, innovative offerings that reflect this relationship.

Prerequisites: 75 Credits at 200 Level Restrictions: 198481, 212425, 221382, 222382, 223425, 224382

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Part Four

Choose 15 credits from
Course code: 197465 Creative Leadership 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to situate themselves within the spectrum of the creative industries. Serving their communities as creative leaders, students will apply research and innovation theories to business and social-enterprise practices in order to conceptualise, develop, and deliver a strategic offering for a defined audience.

Prerequisites: 198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 221358 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358 or 296358

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Course code: 213465 Exhibition 15 credits

In this studio-based course students situate their creative practice through exhibition. Students work in a collaborative group to develop and realise an exhibition project. One of the key focus points for the course is students' growing understanding of the reality of public presentation of the creative output. This advanced programme of study will encourage discussion and critical reflection on diverse approaches to the exhibition of creative work and its relevance for a range of academic and/or professional contexts.

Corequisites: (198454 or 198455 or 212454 or 212455 or 213442 or 221454 or 221455 or 222454 or 222455 or 223454 or 223455 or 224454 or 224455 or 296454 or 296455) or Permission Head of School

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Course code: 237465 Creative Exposition 15 credits

In this course students will situate their creative practice through writing. They will extend and hone their critical, analytical and reflective skills through written exposition that focuses on projecting themselves and their practice externally. This advanced programme of study will encourage discussion on diverse approaches to creative research exposition and its relevance for a range of academic and/or professional contexts.

Prerequisites: [237330 and (198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 221358 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358 or 296358)] or Appraisal Required

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Schedule B: Majors

Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Completing a major in the Bachelor of Design with Honours is compulsory. You will need to complete the requirements for the BDes with Honours and pass specified major-related courses as outlined in the regulations.

Schedule C: Elective courses

Course code: 197119 Coding for Creative Practice 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to the fundamentals of computer programming as an art and design tool. Students will acquire basic knowledge and fundamental techniques for the creative uses of coding across a range of art and design contexts.

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Course code: 197122 Digital Fabrication 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to open source and consumer software as a means to produce objects with digital fabrication tools. Through an iterative making process, students will develop an understanding of design considerations, workflows and new methods of creating using contemporary digital technologies.

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Course code: 197123 Visual Identity Systems 15 credits

Develop a visual expression for an organisation or event that can be adapted across a range of mediums. Acquire techniques, skills and processes of synthesis, reduction and abstraction.

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Course code: 197191 Art and Design: Special Topic I 15 credits

This course focuses on a specific aspect of art and design. Offerings change from year to year and may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197193 Contemporary Design Project 1A 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research and production through a specific lecturer-led project.

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Course code: 197194 Contemporary Design Project 1B 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research and production through a specific lecturer-led project.

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Course code: 197211 Rapid Ideation 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore techniques and develop methods of rapid conceptual development in response to a range of design challenges. Students will work collaboratively using a variety of creative processes to facilitate and generate original solutions.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 197228 Contemporary Design Project A 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197229 Contemporary Design Project 2A 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research and production through a specific lecturer-led project.

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Course code: 197238 Interaction and Interface I 15 credits

In this studio course students will focus on issues and design considerations particular to the interface between technology and people. Principles of usability and interaction will be applied to a range of situations including hand-held, web located, environmental and spatial.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level including 198157 or 212157 or 213157 or 213158 or 221157 or 222157 or 222158 or 223157 or 224157 Restrictions: 198291

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Course code: 197270 Creative Ecologies I 15 credits

In this studio course students will focus on the issues raised by human influence on ecology, culture and economy. Students will be exposed to the history and contexts of sustainability and explore a range of creative responses to future scenarios.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level including 198157 or 212157 or 213157 or 213158 or 221157 or 222157 or 222158 or 223157 or 224157

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Course code: 197288 Creative Collaboration 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to conceptualise and create innovative offerings to experience and reflect upon collaboration as creative citizens.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 197291 Art and Design: Special Topic II 15 credits

This course focuses on a specific aspect of art and design. Offerings change from year to year and may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197331 Contemporary Design Project B 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197332 Contemporary Design Project C 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197338 Interaction and Interface II 15 credits

In this studio course students will expand their knowledge and proficiency with specific aspects of human-technology interaction. Students will intensify their focus on areas such as small-screen interface, web-based networking, touch control, reactive environments and spatial interaction.

Prerequisites: 197238 plus (198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258) Restrictions: 197377

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Course code: 197370 Creative Ecologies II 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore design issues particular to ecological design. Students will experiment in the development of innovative designs that integrate with their environments to form holistic living systems.

Prerequisites: 198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258

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Course code: 197379 Service and Experience Design 15 credits

In this studio course students will learn and apply human-centred design processes to create a multi-dimensional response to a specific brief. Using a human-centred approach, students will negotiate the opportunities and tensions inherent in the design of services and experiences, offering original solutions that explore current paradigms (including the dynamic interplay of production and consumption).

Prerequisites: 198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258

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Course code: 197383 Internship 15 credits

In this course, and in partnership with the course coordinator, the student will identify an academic researcher, external group, mentor or professional to exercise and develop their creative practice while working within a direct collaborative relationship.

Prerequisites: 198258 or 212258 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258 Restrictions: 212326, 223326

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Course code: 197388 Creative Communities 15 credits

In this course, students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to explore conceptual and strategic dimensions of professional practice through encounters with external partners. Students will develop an understanding of their position as creative citizens within a broader community, and produce strategic, innovative offerings that reflect this relationship.

Prerequisites: 75 Credits at 200 Level Restrictions: 198481, 212425, 221382, 222382, 223425, 224382

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Course code: 197433 Designing Science Fiction 15 credits

In this studio course students will, through a process of research-informed practice, investigate design issues particular to the science fiction genre. Students will explore and expand science fiction theory and practice in the development of an original production concept.

Prerequisites: 198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 221358 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358

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Course code: 197434 Design Awards and Competitions 15 credits

In this studio course you will develop a response to a top-level national or international design brief, award, or competition. You must apply for a specific offered module appropriate to your design specialisation or propose a competition brief to a supervising faculty member. All modules extend your skills in design research, conceptual development and advanced technical application, so that you can produce a high calibre award or competition entry.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197435 Design for Festivals and Events 15 credits

This course focuses on developing creative work that responds to specific festival themes and locations. With a focus on practice and collaboration you will contextualise, define, develop and deliver creative outcomes for a specified festival or event.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required Restrictions: 197440

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Course code: 197436 Play, Research and Design 15 credits

Advanced design research informing the meaning and methodology of play within a social, cultural or technological context. This course focuses on the development of design strategies for the formation of original Play activities, games and experiences. Students will explore ways in which Play can engage users to participate in the experience of other perspectives and challenge their worldview through active participation in a multidisciplinary Play scenario.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required Restrictions: 197442

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Course code: 197440 Contemporary Design Project D 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197441 Contemporary Design Project E 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197442 Contemporary Design Project F 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197443 Contemporary Design Project G 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary design research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197470 Creative Ecologies 15 credits

In this studio course students will investigate how understanding “ecology” can catalyse research that may transform a current social or environmental issue. This course will engage in practices that include behavioural change frameworks, transformation design and sustainable design. A student will self-select a topic that is independently researched and results in a speculative proposal.

Prerequisites: 198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 221358 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358

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Course code: 197471 Social Interventions Through Design 15 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through theme based experimental projects exploring the intersection between diverse design practices. Students will work collaboratively and interdisciplinary to explore and combine unconventional communication design materials, methods and practices to creative interventions in public spaces.

Prerequisites: 198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 221358 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358

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Course code: 197490 Design Special Topic A 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197495 Design Independent Study 15 credits

Supervised independent student work on a negotiated design topic involving the setting of objectives, research and /or project work and the presentation of appropriate written and/or practical outcomes.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 197499 Design Special Topic 30 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 198124 Modelling and Prototyping for Product Design 15 credits

In this studio course students will investigate strategies and methods for exploring and modelling the form and function of tangible products. Through the development of skills, techniques and workflows, students will model and prototype three-dimensional design concepts and design resolutions.

Restrictions: 198221

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Course code: 198212 Product Design Visualisation 15 credits

Introduction to visualisation techniques and processes that are used for the design of tangible products that focus on developing drawing, rendering, concept development and presentation skills across a range of software and traditional media.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level Restrictions: 198362

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Course code: 198213 Furniture Design 15 credits

In this studio course students will develop skills in the design, development and production of furniture in one-off, batch or mass production. By gaining an understanding of the theoretical, historical and practical applications of the discipline, they will produce a project for a specific design context.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level including 198157 or 212157 or 213157 or 213158 or 221157 or 222157 or 222158 or 223157 or 224157 or 296157

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Course code: 198308 Industrial Design Special Topic A 15 credits

The course focuses on one specific aspect of industrial design. Offerings change from year to year or may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 198315 Product Development 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore and articulate issues and design considerations particular to the development of products for manufacture. Through a design and build project, students will explore and apply their individual and collaborative practices required to develop a product from concept to manufacture.

Prerequisites: 198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258 or 296258 Restrictions: 198214

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Course code: 198320 Open Design & Digital Fabrication 15 credits

In this studio course students will utilise open design methodologies and digital fabrication tools to produce an open design project. They will explore the possibilities and articulate issues related to an open design philosophy whilst developing skills in making and digital fabrication.

Prerequisites: 198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258 or 296258

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Course code: 198463 Industrial Design Digital Representation 15 credits

Digital design processes and their integration into design research.

Prerequisites: 198358 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 198490 Industrial Design Special Topic C 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 198495 Industrial Design Independent Study 15 credits

Supervised independent student work on a negotiated industrial design topic involving the setting of objectives, research and /or project work and the presentation of relevant written and/or practical outcomes.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 212100 Fashion Pattern Making 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to fundamental patternmaking methods through an applied 3D- 2D developmental process. Students will acquire basic skills for the creation of garment patterns for contemporary fashion design.

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Course code: 212101 Fashion Construction 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to specialised apparel industrial machinery, techniques and applied processes of apparel manufacture through construction sampling and prototyping. These industrial methods will enrich understanding of design solutions for garment and product assembly and creative exploration.

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Course code: 212200 Garment Block Pattern Drafting and Grading 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to pattern drafting and basic size grading techniques. Through manual and digital applications, students will development an understanding of block foundation shapes and how they form the basis of garment styles.

Prerequisites: 212100 or 212257 and 60 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 212226 Fashion Communication 15 credits

Develop your communication skills to explore how fashion is communicated to a global audience. Gain principles, skills, and processes of experimental drawing methods, styling, and marketing through a specialised fashion lens.

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Course code: 212228 Fashion Special Topic A 15 credits

A selected workshop- or studio-based aspect of fashion design. Offerings change from year to year and may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 212304 Drape for Design 15 credits

In this studio course the student will investigate and explore creative and innovative design pattern processes through application and manipulation of fabric directly on the three dimensional form Students will expand their pattern processes through critical analysis of drape techniques with increased understanding of fabric behaviour, fit and relationship of the garment to the body.

Prerequisites: 212100 or 212257

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Course code: 212309 Contoured and Knit Apparel 15 credits

In this studio course students explore the specialised aspects of pattern development and production in the area of contoured and stretch apparel design.

Prerequisites: 212258

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Course code: 212321 Digital Applications for Fashion Production 15 credits

In this studio course students will apply their understanding of pattern production and grading methods specifically oriented to developing designs for mass manufacture.

Prerequisites: 212200 and one of 198258, 212258, 213242, 221258, 222258, 223258, 224258, 296258

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Course code: 212328 Fashion Special Topic B 15 credits

A selected workshop- or studio-based aspect of fashion design. Offerings change from year to year and may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 212403 Apparel Production Research 15 credits

In this studio course students will apply a research informed investigation of advanced apparel production processes. Students will expand their advanced technical knowledge through design exploration, sampling and prototyping.

Prerequisites: (212100 and 212101) or 212358

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Course code: 212495 Fashion Design Independent Study 15 credits

Supervised independent student work on a negotiated topic related to fashion or apparel involving the setting of objectives, research and /or project work and the presentation of appropriate written and/or practical outcomes.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 213150 Painting 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to aspects of contemporary painting focusing on colour, surface and structure and developing an awareness of the diversity of painting mediums and techniques. While working to a brief, students are expected to undertake independent investigations and develop individual responses.

Restrictions: 213203

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Course code: 213151 Contemporary Sculpture 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to aspects of contemporary sculpture with a focus on object making, the exploration of physical materials and applied processes. While working to a brief, students are expected to undertake independent investigations and develop individual responses.

Restrictions: 213204

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Course code: 213154 Contemporary Drawing 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to the potential for drawing to become more than a traditional practice of representation. The course will focus on expanding students' observation skills, and modes of expression and representation, in an expanded field of contemporary art and design practice.

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Course code: 213155 Drawing the Body I 15 credits

In this studio course students are introduced to the fundamentals of drawing the human body. Students undertake a project of drawing exercises using various techniques and media.

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Course code: 213211 Fine Arts Special Topic II 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 213254 Drawing in Practice 15 credits

In this studio course students will be guided by experts, each with a focus on particular approaches and technologies of drawing. Students will experiment with these different methodologies, and critically reflect on the role of drawing within their own practice.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213255 Drawing the Body II 15 credits

A creative response to representation of the human body through a prescribed project. Students apply a range of drawing practices and media to the development of individual work.

Prerequisites: 213155 or 197101 Restrictions: 197200

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Course code: 213256 Contemporary Art Projects A 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213257 Contemporary Art Projects B 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213258 Contemporary Art Projects C 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213259 Contemporary Art Projects D 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213260 Fine Arts Special Topic IIB 30 credits
Course code: 213261 Contemporary Art Projects F 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100-level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213262 Contemporary Art Projects G 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100-level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213263 Contemporary Art Projects H 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100-level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213264 Contemporary Art Projects I 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100-level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213265 Contemporary Art Projects J 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100-level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213311 Fine Arts Special Topic III 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 213356 Contemporary Art Projects E 15 credits

An investigation into new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 200 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213358 Fine Arts Internship 15 credits

A negotiated programme of study that provides students with the opportunity to gain experience and practice by working alongside visual arts professionals. Students work through self-directed inquiry and collaboration (as appropriate) towards the development of a project and assigned tasks within the professional environment. Prior approval by the course Coordinator is required.

Prerequisites: 60 credits at 200 level from the College of Creative Arts Restrictions: 213412

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Course code: 213359 Contemporary Art Projects K 15 credits

Engagement with new thinking in contemporary art research through a specific lecturer-led project.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 200-level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 213360 Fine Arts Special Topic IIIB 30 credits
Course code: 213411 Fine Arts Special Topic IV 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 213464 Art in Context 15 credits

The course will discuss, critique and apply a range of exhibition, dissemination and publication conventions and practices within the context of contemporary art including art galleries, social practice, temporary and permanent artworks, public art, publishing, screenings and events

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 300-level

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Course code: 221100 Photography as an Agent of Change 15 credits

In this studio course students from all disciplines will gain a grounding in photographic technologies and how they can be utilised in contemporary photographic practice. Students will explore the ongoing relationship photography has with social and political issues.

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Course code: 221220 Photography and the Studio 15 credits

In this studio course students will learn controlled lighting techniques (in the studio and on location). They will develop a self-initiated lighting project in order to enrich other strands of their creative practice.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 221221 Photography and Digital Practices I 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to photographic digital image manipulation techniques within a broader discussion of the veracity and consumption of digital photographs. They will develop a self-initiated project in response to their specific area of creative practice.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level Restrictions: 221272

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Course code: 221222 Photography and the Darkroom 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to a variety of photographic analogue processes, which they will employ to produce a body of work. Selected darkroom and wet-based photographic techniques will be explored.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level Restrictions: 221271

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Course code: 221291 Photography Special Topic A 15 credits

This course focuses upon one specific aspect of photography. Offerings change from year to year and may not be offered in either or both semesters.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 221320 Photography and the Body 15 credits

This studio course engages with the human form as subject in photography and examines principles of lighting. It also explores the history of representation of the human form, taking in photographic portraiture and approaches to fashion photography along with the central and sometimes controversial history of the nude.

Prerequisites: 221157 or 198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258

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Course code: 221321 Photography and Digital Practices II 15 credits

This studio course provides students from all disciplines with advanced knowledge in digital photographic technologies and how they can be utilised in contemporary photographic practice. Particular attention will be paid to colour theory, colour management and advanced photographic manipulation and output strategies.

Prerequisites: 221221 or 221257 or 221258

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Course code: 221322 Photography and the Advanced Darkroom 15 credits

Students will engage with the histories of photography by applying analogue processes in studio. Workshops will include cyanotype, salt prints, platinum printing, albumen, as well as the construction of digital negatives. Students will also visit photographic archives, including at Turnbull Library and Te Papa, to study original materials. All of which will help students create an experimental final project using methods of their choice.

Prerequisites: 1 of 221222 or 221258

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Course code: 221391 Photography Special Topic B 15 credits

This course focuses upon one specific aspect of photography. Offerings change from year to year and may not be offered in either or both semesters.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 221456 Photography and the Archive 15 credits

A studio-based course that examines photography's engagement with the 'archive' as a cultural repository. Students will investigate the social, political and historical uses of archives through photography.

Prerequisites: 221358 or 198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358 or 296358

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Course code: 221457 Photography and Visuality 15 credits

A studio-based course that examines photography’s historical and contemporary relationships with vision and visuality. Students will discuss the impact of visual representations on contemporary life and they will develop this discussion through verbal presentations, written work and in the execution of a body of experimental photographic images.

Prerequisites: 237330 or 237331 or 221381 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 221495 Photography Independent Study 15 credits

Supervised independent student work on a negotiated topic related to photography involving the setting of objectives, research and/or project work and the presentation of appropriate written and/or practical outcomes.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 222103 Social Media Culture 15 credits

In this studio course students will focus on issues and design considerations particular to social media. They will begin to acquire specific techniques, skills and processes for exploring and producing engaging content for network media, emerging technologies and digital culture.

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Course code: 222104 Printmaking 15 credits

In this studio course students will focus on issues and design considerations particular to printmaking. Students will acquire specific printmaking techniques, skills and processes to gain competence in this hands-on medium.

Restrictions: 222209

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Course code: 222208 Letterpress 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore and articulate issues and design considerations particular to letterpress technologies. Students will develop and apply techniques, skills and processes in letterpress typography and print production.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 222215 Brand Communication 15 credits

In this studio course students will learn history and methods particular to practices of brand positioning and marketing communication. Students will apply fundamentals of brand strategy to the process of differentiating branded offerings through design.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts or 75 credits at 100 level including 115116 or 115104

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Course code: 222225 Narrative Illustration 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore and articulate issues and creative considerations particular to narration and narrative theory. Students will develop and apply techniques, skills and processes in the use of storytelling in their creative practice.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 222232 Illustrated Characters 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore the unique area of character creation, design and production. Following an investigative process, students will develop an original character that is meaningfully placed within a social or fantastical context.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts

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Course code: 222248 Typographic Systems 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore and articulate issues and design considerations particular to managing complex information. Students will develop and apply techniques, skills and processes in communicating through text, symbol, colour and form.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level from College of Creative Arts including 222158

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Course code: 222312 Art Direction 15 credits

In this studio course students will learn art direction practices for the resolution of conceptual executions with an emphasis on typography, image narrative and advertising design hierarchies. Students will explore art direction techniques and processes applied to print and digital media encompassing visual culture theory and practical skills.

Prerequisites: 222258 Restrictions: 222411

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Course code: 222313 Copywriting 15 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through the authority of words to inform, challenge or communicate a narrative within the broad spectrum of visual communication design. Students will explore the expressive characteristics of words and their potential to influence through themes relating to textual creativity and narrative in communication design.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 200 level

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Course code: 222326 Sequential Art 15 credits

In this studio course students will learn how to create visual narratives in sequential form. The emphasis will be on visual narrative construction for the picture book, with some contextual history of the genre. Production aspects include analogue and design techniques, continuity and image and text relationships.

Prerequisites: 198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222220 or 222230 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258 or 296258

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Course code: 222333 Concept Design for Imaginary Worlds 15 credits

In this studio course students will learn how to represent ideas, characters, moods, scenes and scenarios which could be used in film, games or animations. Within this area of pre-production students will use both divergent and convergent approaches that will result in multiple concept options as well as technically resolved images.

Prerequisites: 296257 or 222232 or 222225 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 222347 Editorial Design 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore and articulate design considerations particular to managing editorial content. Students will develop and apply techniques, skills and processes in communicating through advanced typographic techniques and image composition.

Prerequisites: 222158 and (198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258 or 296258)

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Course code: 222348 Narrative Information Design 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore information design concepts and expand information design theory and practice. Complex information will be interpreted and translated into precise and accessible form for specific audiences.

Prerequisites: 222158 and (198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258 or 296258) Restrictions: 222408

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Course code: 222390 Visual Communication Design Special Topic A 15 credits

The course focuses on one specific aspect of visual communication design. Offerings change from year to year or may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 222408 Experiential Information Design 15 credits

This course explores ways in which complex information can be interpreted and translated into sophisticated visual language through analytical and practical design enquiry.

Prerequisites: 222358 or 222348

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Course code: 222409 Contemporary Letterpress 15 credits

In this studio course students will apply a visual research process of typography with historical and contemporary printing methods. Students will explore aesthetic and theoretical implications of hand presses, metal type, wood type and digital technologies in the creation of new hybrid visual communication.

Prerequisites: 198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 221358 or 222304 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358 or 296358

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Course code: 222417 Image and Identity 15 credits

In this course students will explore how designers lead and manage the branding process for organisations by communicating with images and words. How an organisation presents itself can be called its identity. How different audiences perceive this is can be called its image. Students research, explore, and develop a flexible design system for an organisation by creating a dynamic brand experience that can adapt to visual, interactive, and sensory modes.

Prerequisites: 222358 or 197379 or 222347 or 222348

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Course code: 222425 Illustration Studio Practice 15 credits

Advanced exploration and application of illustrative processes, methods and strategies to a range of complex issues.

Prerequisites: 222326 or 222333 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 222449 Spatial Type 15 credits

In this studio course students will apply a research-informed investigation of typography in spatial environments. Students will explore two and three dimensional typographic solutions that may include interpretive, navigational or informational typography.

Prerequisites: 198358 or 212358 or 213342 or 221358 or 222358 or 223358 or 224358 or 296358

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Course code: 222490 Visual Communication Design Special Topic D 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 222491 Visual Communication Design Special Topic E 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 222496 Visual Communication Design Special Topic F 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 222499 Independent Visual Communication Design Study 15 credits

Independent student work is undertaken on an approved course of study involving research and/or project work in visual communication design.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 223207 Materials Lab 15 credits

In this studio course students will be introduced to identification and testing of materials for design and performance. Students will analyse innovative, technical, and industrial materials for a wide range of design products and contexts through workshops and interaction with industry.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level Restrictions: 223206, 212206

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Course code: 223211 Fashion Textiles 15 credits

This studio course introduces the design and creation of textiles for apparel. Students will explore a variety of textile techniques and processes, and their creative fashion application.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level including 198157 or 212157 or 213157 or 213158 or 221157 or 222157 or 222158 or 223157 or 224157 or 296157

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Course code: 223301 Contemporary Wallcoverings 15 credits

In this studio course students will design and develop collections for wallpaper and wall coverings, with emphasis on creative investigation and forecasting.

Prerequisites: 223157 plus (198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223201 or 223258 or 224258 or 296258)

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Course code: 223312 Textile Print Project 15 credits

In this studio course, students explore the design and development of printed textiles for a specific performance, installation or exhibition.

Restrictions: 223313

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Course code: 223328 Textile Design Special Topic B 15 credits

The course focuses on one specific aspect of textile design. Offerings change from year to year or may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 223411 Embroidered Textiles 15 credits

Students will explore embroidery and advanced technologies for the production of innovative fashion textiles.

Prerequisites: 223211 or 223358 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 223412 Sustainable Colouration 15 credits

Students will explore contemporary design concepts using sustainable dye processing and advanced technology to colour and pattern textiles.

Prerequisites: 223258 or 223207 or Appraisal Required

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Course code: 223490 Textile Design Special Topic C 15 credits

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 223495 Textile Design Independent Study 15 credits

Supervised independent student work on a negotiated topic related to textile design involving the setting of objectives, research and/or project work and the presentation of appropriate written and/or practical outcomes.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 224204 Design for Performance 15 credits

In this studio course students will explore the design and making of performances and their settings. Students will apply their investigations through the design or production of performance experiences and events.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level Restrictions: 226xxx courses

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Course code: 224205 Design for Display 15 credits

In this studio course students will investigate concepts for display and design strategies for exhibitions as temporary interventions in public space.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level Restrictions: 197205

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Course code: 224302 Spatial Design Special Topic A 15 credits

This course focuses on one specific aspect of spatial design. Offerings may change from year to year or may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 224306 Game Space 15 credits

In this studio course students will focus on the development of real-time interactive digital environments using game technology. The design constraints and opportunities of game engines will be explored through the development of a range of digital spatial environments.

Prerequisites: 198258 or 212258 or 213242 or 221258 or 222258 or 223258 or 224258

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Course code: 224490 Spatial Design Special Topic C 15 credits

The course focuses on particular aspects of advanced Spatial Design. Offerings change from year to year or may not be offered in a particular year.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 224495 Spatial Design Independent Study 15 credits

Supervised independent student work on a negotiated topic related to spatial design involving the setting of objectives, research and/or project work and the presentation of appropriate written and/or practical outcomes.

Prerequisites: Appraisal Required

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Course code: 237117 Māori Art and Design Studio I - Toi Atea 15 credits

An introduction to the development of personal forms of expression though an engagement with the values, concepts, traditions, art/design forms and structures of the whare whakairo.

Restrictions: 197117

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Course code: 237130 Communication for Makers 15 credits

This course introduces students to academic writing and oral communication skills in the creative arts with a focus on stylistic characteristics and critical thinking. The course is underpinned by a basic overview of historical epochs from the 18th century to the present day.

Restrictions: 237101, 237114

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Course code: 237131 Conversations in Creative Cultures 15 credits

This course introduces students to the concept of world views, to key issues and debates concerning cultural identity in Aotearoa New Zealand and their implications for creative practices.

Restrictions: 237102

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Course code: 237211 Māori Visual and Material Culture - Toi Atea 15 credits

An exploration of the conventions and values that underpin Māori visual and material culture. Emphasis is given to identifying the major art forms and the key continuities and changes that characterise development from customary to contemporary practice.

Prerequisites: 197109 or 237102 Restrictions: 197110

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Course code: 237217 Māori Art and Design Studio IIA - Toi Atea 15 credits

The development of individual work that grows out of the investigation of a select range of Māori concepts, art forms, imagery, values and approaches that reflect a Māori world view.

Prerequisites: 197117 or 237117 Restrictions: 197217

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Course code: 237218 Māori Art and Design Studio IIB - Toi Atea 15 credits

Further development of individual work that grows out of the investigation of a select range of Māori concepts, art forms, imagery, values and approaches that reflect a Māori world view.

Prerequisites: 197117 or 237117 Restrictions: 197218

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Course code: 237230 Creative Cultures & Contexts I 15 credits

This course introduces students to histories of design and art to develop a critical appreciation of change and context. It will include the analysis of selected visual and material cultural practices in a series of theme based modules that explore the origins and impacts of consumerism, globalisation, sustainability.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100-level Restrictions: 198281, 212202, 213252, 221281, 222281, 223202, 224281

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Course code: 237231 Creative Cultures & Contexts II 15 credits

In this course students will explore and discover a broad range of critical perspectives relevant to the creative arts. They will select from a series of thematic modules, designed to prompt further consideration and questioning of creative practices.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 100 level

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Course code: 237317 Māori Art and Design Studio IIIA - Toi Atea 15 credits

Developing visual responses to the exploration of issues (social, political, environmental, global) significant to Māori people and their communities.

Prerequisites: 197217 or 197218 or 237217 or 237218 Restrictions: 197317

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Course code: 237318 Māori Art and Design Studio IIIB - Toi Atea 15 credits

Further development of a range of visual responses to issues (social, political, environmental, global) of significance to Māori people and their communities.

Prerequisites: 197217 or 197218 or 237217 or 237218 Restrictions: 197318

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Course code: 237330 Creative Cultures & Ideas 15 credits

In this course students will explore and appraise a range of ideas that support the critical positioning of creative practices. The selected ideas will be explored through interdisciplinary engagement.

Prerequisites: 237230 or 237231

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Course code: 237331 Creative Cultures & Display 15 credits

In this course students will critically engage with a range of curatorial concepts in order to investigate modes of representation, collection, archiving, display and distribution. The course will overview key historical developments in 19th, 20th, and 21st century museum practices and examine selected cultural and ethical concerns for both community and institutional contexts.

Prerequisites: 75 credits at 200-level

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Course code: 237401 The Material Turn 15 credits

Students will apply selected theories from the fields of material culture studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally to inform and evaluate understandings of creative practices.

Prerequisites: 15 credits in any 300-level course

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Course code: 237402 The Visual Field 15 credits

Students will apply selected theories from visual culture studies in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally to inform and evaluate understandings of creative practices.

Prerequisites: 15 credits in any 300-level course

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Course code: 237403 Studies in Material Culture B 15 credits

A variety of case studies which include materiality as cultural process, material culture and remembering, and the reification of domestic everyday life.

Prerequisites: 237401

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Course code: 237404 Studies in Visual Culture B 15 credits

A series of case studies which examine the shift from art history and film studies to contemporary visual culture.

Prerequisites: 237402

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Course code: 237417 Māori Art and Design Studio IV - Toi Atea 30 credits

An advanced course to focus and refine visual language and personal tikanga through negotiated projects that explore topics of direct reference to Māori people and their communities.

Prerequisites: (197317 and 197318) or (237317 and 237318) Restrictions: 197417

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QS Ranking - Art & Design

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Reddot design ranking

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