Graduate Diploma in Design – GDipDes

Develop your technical skills and learn to think like a designer.

Type of qualification

Graduate diploma

Level of study

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is usually the first one you study.

NZQF level 7

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

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Time to complete

1 year(s) full-time (120 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 programme

Study a Graduate Diploma in Design – GDipDes

The Graduate Diploma in Design is an opportunity for people who have already completed a degree to add an additional subject area to their learning.

You’ll be studying with other design students in courses at 200, 300 and 400 level across these majors offered in the Bachelor of Design with Honours. These are:

  • fashion design
  • industrial design
  • photography
  • spatial design
  • textile design
  • visual communication design.

In studio classes you’ll be immersed in hands-on doing and making as well as discussion and debate. You’ll hone your creative problem-solving and critical thinking abilities. You’ll also develop specialist design capabilities at an advanced level.

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.   

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Design you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent
  • demonstrated equivalent practical, professional and/or scholarly experience.

You will also need to provide the following:

  • a portfolio of work to show you are at the standard necessary to undertake work up to 300-level and beyond
  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Application closing date

If you are a new-to-Massey student, applications for this qualification close on 30 November 2021.

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 and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with Distinction or Merit.

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 Enquire 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 or 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 Graduate Diploma in Design

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Endorsements available for the Graduate Diploma in Design are:

  • fashion design
  • industrial design
  • photography
  • spatial design
  • textile design
  • visual communication design

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

120 credits

  • Part A compulsory courses – 30 credits
  • Part B courses from one endorsement – 60 credits
  • Part C electives from the Part C Schedule – 30 credits

Ensure you have at least 75 credits from one endorsement (course prefix)

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.

Part A: Core courses (Choose 30 credits from)

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Course code: 197388 Creative Communities 15 credits

Students from a broad range of creative practices will work together to explore conceptual and strategic dimensions of professional practice through engagement with experts from the creative sector. Students will develop an understanding of their position as creative citizens within a broader community.

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

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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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Part B: Core Endorsement courses (Choose 60 credits from)

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Course code: 198357 Design Studio IIIA (Industrial) 30 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through individual or collaborative creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand industrial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.

Prerequisites: 198258 Restrictions: 198354

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Course code: 198358 Design Studio IIIB (Industrial) 30 credits

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing industrial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.

Prerequisites: 198357 Restrictions: 198355

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Course code: 212357 Design Studio IIIA (Fashion) 30 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through individual or collaborative creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand fashion design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.

Prerequisites: 212258 Restrictions: 212317

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Course code: 212358 Design Studio IIIB (Fashion) 30 credits

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing fashion design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.

Prerequisites: 212357 Restrictions: 212310

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Course code: 221357 Design Studio IIIA (Photography) 30 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through individual creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand photographic concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.

Prerequisites: 221258 Restrictions: 221370

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Course code: 221358 Design Studio IIIB (Photography) 30 credits

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing photographic concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.

Prerequisites: 221357

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Course code: 222357 Design Studio IIIA (Visual Communication) 30 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through individual or collaborative creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand visual communication design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.

Prerequisites: 222258 Restrictions: 222301, 222303, 222310, 222320, 222330, 222340, 222355, 222370

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Course code: 222358 Design Studio IIIB (Visual Communication) 30 credits

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing visual communication design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.

Prerequisites: 222357 Restrictions: 222302, 222303, 222311, 222321, 222331, 222341, 222356, 222371

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Course code: 223357 Design Studio IIIA (Textiles) 30 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through individual or collaborative creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand textile design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.

Prerequisites: 223258 Restrictions: 223320, 223403

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Course code: 223358 Design Studio IIIB (Textiles) 30 credits

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing textile design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.

Prerequisites: 223357 Restrictions: 223303

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Course code: 224357 Design Studio IIIA (Spatial) 30 credits

In this studio course students will establish a critical position through individual or collaborative creative exploration and articulation. With opportunities for varied contextual applications, students will consolidate and expand spatial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work.

Prerequisites: 224258 Restrictions: 224351, 224361

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Course code: 224358 Design Studio IIIB (Spatial) 30 credits

In this studio course students will negotiate a critical position through individual or collaborative professional practices, with opportunities to apply their specialist skills to a range of contexts. In addition to advancing spatial design concepts, techniques, skills and processes in the production of their creative work, students will develop and apply transferable skills relevant to professional environments.

Prerequisites: 224357 Restrictions: 224352, 224371

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Part C: Elective courses (Choose 30 credits from)

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Art & Design

College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi ranks in the global top 150 for art and design by QS World University Rankings.

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Red Dot Design ranking

Ranked 1st in Asia-Pacific by International Red Dot Design Awards, the only design school to be ranked in New Zealand and Australia. This significant achievement recognises the high calibre of our teaching staff and the exceptional quality of our students' design concept work.

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