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Expected Feb 2023
Study a Master of Design – MDes
Go in depth with an advanced design research qualification. You’ll have a targeted outcome, often of direct application to industry. We will help you make strong connections with the business, public or non-profit sector.
You’ll have access to individual studio space and our comprehensive technical expertise and facilities. These include:
an industry-scale green screen studio
Australasia’s first Fab Lab
digital imaging facilities
All MDes students complete a thesis project: a supervised programme of focused design research, taking a challenging real-world problem through to a well-resolved solution, like a product prototype.
Find out more about the Wellington School of Design
Our staff are leading design researchers and practitioners. You will be supervised by one primary supervisor with expertise in your field of design. You will be guided by a secondary supervisor with expertise in an aligned field.
Weta Workshop School at Massey University
An exclusive one-year qualification.
The specialised one-year, 120-credit Master of Design, focusing on entertainment design in partnership with Weta Workshop, is open to concept designers.
Your research and design project will focus on creating your own imaginary worlds for film, television and game. You will develop skills in the key areas of idea creation, storytelling and concept design. As you progress you’ll expand your technical ability, develop your critical thinking skills and push the boundaries within your own conceptual world.
Visit the Weta Workshop School website to find out more.
After completing your Master of Design project you may be able to develop your work and produce new knowledge with a PhD.
A MDes is a good fit if you:
love design and what it can do
are constantly horizon-scanning
enjoy the challenge of an externally-connected project, whether for commercial, government, cultural or community-based clients.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
This programme is a selected entry qualification. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.
Master of Design 180 credits
You will have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor of Design or equivalent, having achieved at least a B grade average.
You will also need to:
take part in an interview
submit a portfolio of design work for assessment.
Master of Design 120 credits
You will have been awarded or qualified for a relevant honours degree with a B grade average in Part 4 or Postgraduate Diploma in Design or equivalent with a B grade average.
You must also submit:
a research proposal for your intended thesis project
a portfolio of your creative work.
Master of Design – Weta Workshop School
You will have been awarded or qualified for an honours degree or equivalent.
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