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Master of Design Enterprise

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree


18 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2025


Otago Polytechnic


In your career, are you drawn to design, innovation and problem-solving? Would you like to develop the ability to provide design-led strategy expertise within an organisation or enterprise?

Otago Polytechnic's Master of Design Enterprise has "design thinking" and user experience design at its heart. You will become highly skilled in this ground-breaking methodology, enabling you to resolve issues and enhance people's experiences. This makes this industry-leading programme of scholarship and applied research relevant to a wide range of disciplines. By recognising that design is a strategic tool that is as much about ways of thinking as about ways of production, it prepares you to think laterally and critically as you innovate, create new products and better systems, and contribute to a more satisfying environment.

Inspired by leading designers, thinkers and innovators, you will explore design, creativity and strategy, enterprise, business and marketing, and production, operations and manufacturing. You will then undertake an industry placement, followed by a major research project tailored to suit your particular needs. This may be an industry-based, collaborative project, serving commercial or nonprofit needs, or an independent entrepreneurial venture.

Throughout the programme, multi-disciplinary design interaction, criticism and debate are promoted.

And by studying at one of New Zealand's most innovative and progressive design schools, you can benefit from our modern resources, including Australasia's leading rapid prototyping facility, and strong links with the national and international design community.
Skills required:

  • Creativity and vision.
  • A passion for design.
  • The ability to see an idea through from concept to reality.
  • Practical ability.
  • The ability to communicate your ideas to others.
  • An interest in people and the world around you.

Entry criteria

You must have an accredited undergraduate degree in a design or design-related discipline OR equivalent recognised qualification and/or experience
You must also have industry-related experience; working in business, production or design-related work.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 590 (with an essay score of 5.5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)

Cambridge English Qualifications: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;

PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Applications are preferred by 30 November.

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