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Study spatial and industrial design , Ākona te hoahoa mokowā, hoahoa ahumahi

Study at Massey to create products and services (industrial design) or physical and virtual spaces and environments (spatial design).

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Go 3-dimensional

Whether it's creating spaces or products, take your 3D designs to new levels of innovation at Massey.

Fab first

Our Fab Lab is Australasia's first digital fabrication laboratory – affiliated to MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Be job-ready

Massey graduates are sought after – 77 per cent of our bachelor degree students get jobs within six months of graduating.

Reputation counts

With a reputation for innovative research and practice, Massey is the country's oldest creative arts school, dating from 1886.


Imagine and build. And be mindful of how it affects people and our planet.

Learn from world-class lecturers with experience as creatives and design experts. Discover new ideas in areas such as interactive environments or prop design. Explore ways of making, from hand-crafting furniture and models to 3D printing and other digital fabrication technologies. Get hands-on and test full-scale prototypes in our well-equipped facilities, including 3D workshop and Fab Lab Wgtn.

Spatial and industrial design are a good fit if you:

  • do well in school subjects such as design, visual arts (ngā toi) or technology (hangarau)
  • want to create impactful products, services and experiences
  • like thinking creatively and getting hands-on to make things.

Spatial and industrial design courses may cover:

  • 3D modelling
  • design processes, including ways to generate ideas and develop innovative concepts
  • CAD, rendering and visualisation software, and technical specifications
  • ergonomics – designing products to fit the people who'll use them
  • human-centred design principles
  • lighting and projection design
  • prototyping, both digital and physical
  • sustainability, including bio-materials
  • technical skills needed to work a wide variety of materials
  • visual storytelling and presentation.

Our staff, students and graduates have a long and rich history of participation and success in design competitions such as:

And we have strong partnerships with companies such as:

  • Fisher and Paykel and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
  • Formway
  • Warren and Mahoney.

What is industrial design?

Industrial designers create products for use at home, at work or at play. Examples include:

  • appliances and devices such as coffee machines, dishwashers or gaming consoles
  • bikes, cars or e-scooters
  • furniture such as office chairs, kitchen cabinets or handcrafted pieces
  • mobility aids
  • props for film or TV
  • safety equipment
  • sportswear or sports equipment
  • watches, glasses or jewellery.

Industrial designers merge innovation and usability to take a people-first approach to design – focusing on what people need and how they'll use things.

Industrial design at College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi

What is spatial design?

Spatial design includes:

  • digital spaces, including virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality
  • exhibition and performance design, including temporary structures
  • interior architecture
  • landscape design
  • urban design.

Spatial designers create new environments for people to live, work or play – and devise new ways to interact with physical and virtual spaces.

Spatial design at College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwhārangi

How to study spatial and industrial design

Discover what we offer if you’re interested in spatial and industrial design – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study at university.

Undergraduate bachelor's degrees with honours

An undergraduate honours degree is a four-year bachelor’s degree. We also offer postgraduate honours years.

Undergraduate certificates

If you want to study at university, but aren't sure if you want to commit to a degree, try an undergraduate certificate.

Undergraduate diplomas

Undergraduate diplomas let you try university study before you commit to a degree. They’re also useful if you need to advance your career.

Graduate diplomas

Graduate diplomas can help you advance to postgraduate study or research in a subject you haven’t majored in for your undergraduate study.

Relevant undergraduate subjects to major or specialise in

When you apply to study at Massey, for some undergraduate qualifications you can choose what subject you’d like to specialise in. You can usually change your mind after you get to university, depending on the courses you enrol in.

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

Master's degrees

A master's degree normally builds on a main subject of study from your undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate diplomas

Postgraduate diplomas are postgraduate-level qualifications that are longer than a postgraduate certificate. If you’re successful, you might be able to use the credits towards the longer master’s degree.

PhD and other doctoral degrees

Doctoral degrees, including PhDs, are the highest degrees we award. They’re very demanding and their entry criteria reflect this.

Our facilities

You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study with us.

Fab Lab

Fab Lab Wgtn is Australasia’s first digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Fab Lab's capabilities include: A computer-controlled laser cutter; numerically-controlled milling machine; a sign cutter; a precision milling machine to make three-dimensional moulds; surface-mount circuit boards; and small 3D printers, for fast production of 3-dimensional forms.

3D Workshop

Students can access a number of workshops on campus, alongside technical staff who will introduce them to the equipment and assist them if required. The 3D Workshop has specialty spaces to explore materials, prototyping and manufacturing processes. This includes wood, plastics, engineering, resins/ casting, welding, sanding and spray booths, CNC (water jet cutter, laser cutters, mill, routers) through to wood and metal working machinery and hand tools.


The Toystore offers a wide range of audiovisual equipment for design students to borrow, as well as access to large format printing and technical support.

Virtual and augmented reality

A specialised room where students can explore and prototype virtual spaces and experiences, or create virtual artworks or designs using virtual reality and augmented reality equipment.

Photo studios

Massey University's Wellington campus has specialised professional photography studios, (white cycs, green screen, Elincrom/Bowens/Diva lite) access only by students enrolled in photographic specialised papers only.

Jobs in spatial and industrial design

Design better and smarter products and spaces, fit for purpose, fit for people, fit for our planet and its resources. Careers can span from entertainment to interiors, electronics to healthcare, car companies to furniture makers.

Some of our graduates are freelance designers, or start their own businesses. Others work in consumer product companies such as Apple, Fisher and Paykel, Kathmandu and Nike, or in creative industries including film and television.

Spatial and industrial design careers include:

  • digital experience designers, who create ways for people to interact with digital products or spaces
  • exhibition designers for festivals, museums or pop-ups
  • industrial and product designers
  • interior designers or interior architects, who may specialise in kitchens, restaurants or retail
  • prop and FX designers
  • service designers
  • urban designers.

Annual salary ranges for jobs

Salary ranges disclaimer

Indicative pay rates are:

Which spatial and industrial design qualification?

Examples of where our qualifications may take you.

Table showing jobs and what you could study to enter them.
Jobs Examples of what you could study
Designer for film, stage or TV Bachelor of Design with Honours (Spatial Design)
Master of Design
Experience designer or exhibition designer Bachelor of Design with Honours (Spatial Design)
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Visual Communication Design)
Interior designer or interior architect Bachelor of Design with Honours (Spatial Design)
Industrial and product designer Bachelor of Design with Honours (Industrial Design)

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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Massey's College of Creative Arts is New Zealand's only art and design school granted “substantial equivalency” — an international benchmark of quality — by the United States National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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Red Dot Design ranking

Ranked 3rd 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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