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Master of Design

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Wellington Campus


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

industry-standard workshops

digital imaging facilities


Real-world projects

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.

Further study

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.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

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.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - 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

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