Design skills are essential for New Zealand’s economic and cultural future. Our Art and Design programmes will give you the skills you need to build a career in this exciting and diverse field. Studying here will see you in good company. Our students regularly win national awards and the acknowledgement of colleagues in the industry. Our Art and Design facilities are located at our City Campus in Christchurch and our Timaru Campus.
Bachelor; Ara has been offering a Bachelor of Design degree for twenty years, and quality design education for a lot longer. We have five specialisations, including Visual Communication, Applied Visual Arts and Motion Design. In the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design) you will “Learn how to generate ideas, solve problems and design innovative solutions in advertising, marketing and communication design.” Our class sizes are small (15-20) and our tutors are both qualified and highly experienced. All our students have the chance to engage in projects with external clients alongside learning core design skills like creative idea generation and iterative prototyping. Our degree is taught over only three years, but each is 32 weeks long, so there’s as much content as a four-year university degree.
Ara Graduates; Recent Graduate Sarah Cant said“Ara was really the only place I wanted to study design in Christchurch.” Our graduates are all over the industry – have you enjoyed a Lemmy Lemonade lately? One of our guys designed the chirpy little citrus on the bottle. One day that could be you! See some of our recent graduates profiled in DA’s Hot New Things Series.
AUT is the best place to study art and design to acquire the thinking and skills to ensure you develop a unique creative voice. You will be immersed in an environment where innovation and technology will fuel your creativity. Shared studio spaces, cutting-edge labs, experienced lecturers and industry contact provide the best environment for you to launch a career in the creative realm. Our major study areas include: communication (formerly graphic) design, digital design, fashion design, product design, spatial design, textile design and visual arts. We are ranked in the top 100 art and design schools in the world*. This prestigious ranking reflects the high quality of our programmes and staff, the employability of our graduates, and our recognition as a world leader in practice-led art and design research. Our programmes offer a balance of originality, creative and design thinking, and conceptual development, along with theoretical and professional studies. Our students work on industry partnered, or entrepreneurial art and design projects, and we challenge them to become socially and ethically engaged.
Bachelor; The Bachelor of Design is creative and practical, with strong input from industry partners like Weta Workshop, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Auckland Art Gallery, Creative New Zealand and Kate Sylvester. As a Bachelor of Design student you have access to world-class facilities, collaborate with other art and design students, and in your final year you may be able to showcase your work at the AUT School of Art and Design festival or the AUT Rookie fashion show.
Postgraduate; The Bachelor of Art and Design (Honours) is an intensive one-year degree that enables you to undertake research within the field of art and design. If your appetite for art and design has been stimulated by your undergraduate studies, it’s time to consider taking those studies further. Certificate in Cultural and Creative Practice; Explore ideas and concepts related to cultural expression in as little as one semester. Implement creative strategies while developing expertise related to your chosen field, contributing to a vibrant creative community and critiquing notions of leadership and entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sector. Creative thinking will empower your decision-making and inform your professional encounters. The Master of Design is a research degree aimed at developing your design expertise and empowering your decision-making. Specialising in industrial design, fashion design and textile design, communication design, digital design or spatial design, you will work on interdisciplinary projects. Implementing creative research strategies, and continuing to develop expertise in your chosen field, you will contribute to a vibrant, collaborative design culture. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is t undertaken by research only and leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area. Doctoral studies present you with the opportunity to generate new ideas that can benefit business and society. You will make a significant original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study and meet recognised international standards for your work. AUT’s academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers in their fields who have the expert knowledge to guide and advise you throughout your PhD.
AUT Graduates; Recent AUT graduate Stephanie Zwerink said,“I chose AUT based on recommendations, ease of transport, and the facilities. Having the opportunity to select from a range of minor papers was great. It meant that I had the opportunity to explore digital fabrication techniques, dabble a bit in product design, and collaborate with students from other disciplines. I also learned a lot about design, obviously.” Learn more about our recent Graduates in these Hot New Things interviews or in these Postgraduate Design profiles with Tatiana Tavares, Cassie Khoo, and Albarrán González.
The Massey University College of Creative Arts comprises the internationally recognised School of Design and School of Art, and the newly established School of Music and Creative Media Production. Massey’s College of Creative Arts – Toi Rauwharangi in Wellington is where many of New Zealand’s best designers and artists begin their careers. CoCA is home to top students who are similarly obsessed with creativity. It’s a place where imagination has no limits and you’re valued for the independent development and expression of your ideas. Ranked in the top 100 in the world by QS, the School of Design – Nga Pae Mahutonga is also ranked second in Asia Pacific by Red Dot International Design Awards.
Bachelor; The Bachelor of Design programme at Massey University Wellington is a well-established, internationally recognised programme that provides graduates with a competitive edge in the design world. The four-year BDes (Hons) offers majors in photography, fashion and textile design, spatial and industrial design, and a full suite of visual communication design pathways that include illustration, concept design, interaction design and service design options. Students are encouraged to address local and global issues through live briefs and active industry partnerships, producing inspirational design solutions for a rapidly changing world. All courses include thorough investigation, concept development and hands-on making, with an opportunity to collaborate with others across other creative arts subjects.
Postgraduate; Graduate Diploma in 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, and develop specialist design capabilities at an advanced level.
CoCA Graduates; Recent Graduate Hanna McLachlan said“I chose Massey because they offer a practical course and the chance to try a variety of design disciplines within your degree. I was able to mix my Visual Communications major with Photography and Textile electives and broaden my skill set. Massey also focuses on creative thinking and I feel that’s the one of the biggest things I take away from the course, the ability to solve problems through design.” Learn more about our graduates in this Hot New Things feature.
For the past fifteen years, the award-winning Media Design School in Auckland has been offering qualifications that speak to emerging media environments. Media Design School is New Zealand’s most awarded tertiary institution for creative and digital technology qualifications, offering a range of courses in Game Art, Game Programming, Graphic Design, Creative Advertising, Motion Graphics, Interactive Design, and 3D Animation and Visual Effects. Media Design School also ensures students think globally and have opportunities beyond New Zealand as part of the Laureate International Universities Network – the world’s largest group of private tertiary providers. This includes simultaneous briefings, critiques across continents, international guest lectures and opportunities for study abroad.
If you are interested in becoming a part of the creative arts community but you’re not sure which degree would suit you best, our foundation programme is a great way to discover which career in creative or digital design is for you.
Bachelor; The evolving needs of creative industries are at the heart of development and delivery of our Bachelor of Media Design. Over three years, students develop technical, conceptual and strategic skills in their chosen major − Graphic Design, Motion Design or Interactive Online Design − as well as a broad interdisciplinary understanding of the industry and related fields making them agile in the workforce. The Bachelor of Media Design in Graphic Design teaches you how to communicate using text, image, and form to make visual connections and how to craft seeds of ideas and information into meaningful interactions.
Postgraduate; Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies, In this course you’ll have one year to refine your craft – you’ll have the opportunity focus on your interests, if you are looking for a supportive hands-on learning environment that focuses on developing practical skills through working on self-initiated projects, then the Graduate Diploma of Creative Technologies is for you. The GDCT will help you further develop your production and design skills through both project-based and problem-based learning. You’ll investigate, propose and produce projects in the creative area of your choice that compliment your existing skill-set. As you choose your own research topic, you may opt to work across multiple disciplines, to broaden your skill base and increase your career options.
Media Design School Graduates; Recent graduate Naomi Hadfield said “I chose to study at Media Design School because of their close ties to the industry. I had the opportunity to work on real life briefs and that’s something other institutions can’t offer their student’s. “Graduates from our programmes go on to work in a diverse range of careers, depending on the focus. Hear what our graduates have to say about MDS in this Hot New Things feature.
Study one of the School of Design’s acclaimed design programmes and become an industry-ready, creative designer with great prospects for a successful career. Designers find innovative solutions to material, social and ecological problems. We are creative, confident and contribute to change. Immerse yourself in an innovative and supportive environment which allows you to engage in real-world projects, develop your individual voice as a designer and learn how to work in a design team. Take advantage of our strong international relationships, award-winning teaching expertise and first-rate facilities.
Bachelor; Communication Design encompasses a wide range of media and processes. Learn about key areas of Communication Design including graphic design, photography, advertising and web design, and gain the skills to pursue a career in a rapidly expanding global media environment. To tell stories through image, text, sound, moving image and interactive media.
Postgraduate; Bachelor of Design (Honours) If you have already achieved excellence in your undergraduate degree, this postgraduate qualification is a great opportunity to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practice. Graduates of this programme will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role. Master of Design This qualification allows you to develop a significant body of scholarly creative work which is presented in a public forum and supported by an exegesis or equivalent. Alternatively, you can complete this programme through a thesis which could form the basis of academic journal articles. Graduates will be well-prepared for doctoral-level study, an academic career or a lead design or design management role. Master of Design Enterprise Want to develop the ability to provide design and design-led strategy expertise within an organisation or enterprise? Engage in industry-based research tailored to suit your particular needs. Postgraduate Certificate in Design This qualification introduces you to postgraduate study in a guided learning environment. Extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and the professional design environment. Graduates will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study such as our Postgraduate Diploma in Design or Master of Design Enterprise qualifications, or for employment in a wide range of creative or design management roles. The Postgraduate Diploma in Design is ideal for graduates who want to extend and deepen their research skills and professional design practices through applied design research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry or community partners.
Ready to fire up your design career? Yoobee’s practical, innovative courses will give you the skills you need to master your craft. Digital Design is an exciting, rapidly changing industry. Whether you’re looking for full-time study or looking to upskill in your current profession – our hands-on, targeted courses and degrees will get you where you want to go. Taught by designers, for designers, using the latest industry standard equipment, Yoobee will even help you get a great job.
Undergraduate programmes; With tailored programmes ranging from 2 days to 2 years, we’ll teach you how to blaze a trail in today’s rapidly changing world of digital design. Don’t lock yourself into a lengthy degree – our hands-on, targeted courses will get you where you want to go in half the time. Graphic design has long been the linchpin of the creative industries, and as companies around the globe battle it out for brand dominance, talented graphic designers are becoming even hotter hot property. While the roots of graphic design are undeniably lodged in print, to be successful in today’s workplace you also need top notch digital design skills. Study graphic design at Yoobee and you get the best of both worlds. Not only do we give you the technical skills and design chops to create off the hook printed material, we also catapult you into the digital world by developing your skills for web and mobile. Build technical skills and watch your ideas come to life at ACG Yoobee, New Zealand’s leading digital design school.
Yoobee Graduates; Recent graduate James Meyer says “My decision to study at Yoobee came after years of convincing myself to follow my dreams. I worked 5 years with my previous employer which became monotonous and I always felt as though I needed a creative outlet. A few friends of mine had studied here in the past and highly recommended Yoobee. Finally I made the decision to leave my job and enrol, and I’ve never looked back. I feel like I can take away a new sense of self confidence from my experience at Yoobee, obviously along with practical hands on design skills, pre press and mockup experience.” learn more about our programmes and here directly from our recent graduates in these Hot New Things Features
Whitecliffe is an independent Arts and Design school of choice, producing the highest quality graduates and shaping exceptional creative citizens. Whitecliffe provides life-transforming educational experiences in arts and design through teaching and research, educating students to shape culture through the practice and critical study of the arts. Building on foundations of excellence, innovation and a commitment to diversity, Whitecliffe prepares its students for lifelong creative work and engagement with their communities. Whitecliffe seeks to instill aesthetic judgment, professional knowledge, collaborative skills and technical expertise in all graduates. Whitecliffe core values have developed through the work of committed faculty, students, alumni and staff. At Whitecliffe we believe that ideas and expression are inseparable. Our commitment to a wide range of media, processes and methodologies supports our belief that our graduates become leaders in their fields through a critical combination of making and thinking. Through rigorous critique, intelligent debate and mutual respect, graduates gain the lifelong skills they need to shape their communities. Whitecliffe Graphic Design graduates are thinking practitioners with an understanding of both contemporary practice and traditional mythologies of the sphere of Graphic Design. Their broad technical skills mean they are well equipped to explore and articulate a diverse range of visual outcomes for design projects, making them highly sought after by the industry.
Bachelor; BFA Graphic Design The Whitecliffe programme prepares students for a life-long career in Graphic Design, an industry that offers a broad range of creative and commercial possibilities.Your favourite magazine, beautiful books, functional maps and signage systems, movie credits, the latest company brands and packaging – everywhere you turn, you see the work of a graphic designer. Our students explore how to communicate visual messages to the world – to use their conceptual and visual skills to inform, persuade and educate. Whitecliffe students graduate with a broad range of technical skills, creative ability, commercial awareness and historical perspective. So they are well equipped to explore and articulate a diverse range of visual outcomes for design projects, making them highly sought after by the industry. The Whitecliffe curriculum gives students a well-rounded understanding of the (at least) century-old, and ever-changing field of graphic design. Students explore all technologies, software and content development needed to produce projects across print and digital media.
Postgraduate; If your dream is to expand your research abilities within fine arts or develop new professional skills around your passion for the arts, then postgraduate study at Whitecliffe has plenty to offer. These courses are advanced degrees usually taken by students with undergraduate degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Some applicants may be eligible for admission to the Masters Degree programmes based on recognition of prior learning and experience.
Whitecliffe Graduates; Recent Graduate Emma Marriott said,“I feel very fortunate to have been able to study at Whitecliffe. Its a small institute with a friendly atmosphere which immediately appealed to me: the students aren’t just numbers, rather the staff are genuinely dedicated to helping you develop your own creative practice.” There is a fantastic collection of testimonials from Whitecliffe’s Graphic Design students here and you can learn more about our recent graduates in these Hot New Things Features.
Graphic design, illustration, sculpture, painting, fashion design, photography, moving image, interior design: these are the things that get your heart racing. Never happier than when you have a pencil, a paintbrush or other tools of the trade in hand, you know you’re destined for a career in the creative industries. Learn how to problem solve and tell stories through a variety of mediums right here at Wintec. Bring ideas, stories. We’ll get you ready for the new world of work, so you can go out into the world confident in both yourself and your technical skills.
Bachelor; The Bachelor of Design is for creatives who wish to solve real-world challenges, and become super-literate in new media, social technologies and design-thinking in the areas of visual communication or fashion.Wintec’s School of Media Art’s Bachelor of Design programme is designed for a new world of work, where creativity, inventiveness, and the ability to collaborate are in high demand. In this increasingly complex world, designers and problem solvers are in hot demand. This degree is for the person with a flair for creative problem solving and helping make our experience of the world a whole lot better. You will gain practical and critical design skills, while keeping pace with current industry trends in this rapidly evolving industry. You’ll also be challenged to apply your skills to a variety of design situations as you learn while doing. Join us in Hamilton City, a thriving culturally active community, with ample opportunities to connect and create.
Postgraduate; The Master of Arts programme provides you with postgraduate study leading towards professional and higher academic practice. This one-year postgraduate programme is ideal for graduates who have completed the Bachelor of Media Arts (Honours) programme, equivalent qualification, a Postgraduate Diploma or professional practice.
Wintec Graduates; Our recent Graduate Elise Murray said “I chose to study design at Wintec as I heard it was a practical, hands-on course which I really valued. I also heard some great success stories from previous graduates that inspired and excited me to study at Wintec and hopefully achieve the same greatness. After completing my studies at Wintec I can see the process of how my creative side has developed into a passion for creativity. The technical skills I learned and the knowledge that my tutors passed on really make me feel like I am qualified to set out and greatly achieve anything I set my mind to.” Learn more about another of our recent graduates in this Hot New Things Feature
For the last 25 years Unitec has offered a learning experience for designers that has propelled our graduates to national and international acclaim. Within Unitec’s Design and Contemporary Arts department, students are immersed in an evidence-based programme that links the facilities of the hand, the eye, and the brain, with industry experts, real world projects, and entrepreneurial conceptualization. Through our intimate cohort sizes, we prepare our graduates for the professional world on a one-to-one basis, ensuring that each graduate outcome is specifically and uniquely crafted to each student. We provide ample learning spaces and access to cutting-edge production technologies in realising each students’ creative intentions.
Bachelor; The Bachelor of Creative Enterprise is a recent qualification that balances creative drive with commercial sensibilities. The Graphic Design stream within this qualification allows each student to pursue their own strengths through a combination of reflective practice and the latest in Design Thinking methods. This empowers our students to ideate and resolve solutions within the framesets of culture, environment, and people. The Bachelor of Creative Enterprise enables students to specialise within the practices of interactive, animated, and traditional graphic design as well as generalise as a graphic all-rounder.
Postgraduate; Within our Post Graduate programme we offer a year-long Diploma of Creative Practice and an 18-month Master of Creative Practice. Students are led on individual research-based projects as well as group taught components that cover research methodologies and critical comparative reading.
Unitec Graduates; Our recent Graduate Evandah Steadman said “The thing I liked about Unitec was – Yes, there are smaller classes, but it means there are more real-world opportunities per person. I took hold of every opportunity, and with the mentorship of my tutors I came out with a solid understanding of design, my own process, and real-world experience that I wouldn’t of had anywhere else.” Learn more about another of our recent graduates in this Hot New Things Feature
At Victoria, Design is about innovation. While developing the skills and knowledge that industry currently demands, you’ll also be pushing the limits and, in a sense, forging the future of design practice.
Bachelor; The Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) is a three-year undergraduate degree designed to prepare you for a career in one of the many expanding design-related industries. During studio classes and seminars your teachers will show you how to take an experimental approach to design that encourages creative and thoughtful design solutions. You’ll major in one of six areas—Communication Design, Design for Social Innovation, Fashion Design Technology, Industrial Design, Interaction Design or Media Design. A feature of this degree is that it’s cross-disciplinary, meaning you’ll be encouraged to study and work with subject areas outside Design. This will make sure you gain a thorough grounding in design and its connections with the real world.
Postgraduate; Master of Design Innovation – MDI, Expand on your Bachelor’s degree and get a head start in your career with advanced study and research in design. Get the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry. In this three-trimester programme, you’ll learn the art of bringing ideas to life—from conception to design to construction. Choose one of three majors—Industrial Design, Media Design, and Design for Social Innovation—in this industry-focused, professional qualification with the School of Design. Assess new technologies and investigate the social, cultural, environmental and economic implications of design on our world.