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Bachelor of Design with Honours (Integrated Design)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


4 years

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Further study

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

Note: Students starting in July may complete in 3.5 years, provided they complete Summer School in the first year

Entry criteria

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

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.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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