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Postgraduate Certificate in Design

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


0.5 years

Next start date

Expected Mar 2025


University of Auckland


An introduction to advanced study in design, the PGCertDes provides valuable insights into core concepts, methodologies and practices of design.

Programme overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Design (PGCertDes) provides you the opportunity to align with current design practices. Whether you have previously studied design or are new to the field, the PGCertDes introduces you to advanced design concepts and positions you to contribute meaningful and high-impact solutions.

It is possible to transfer to the Master of Design if you have achieved appropriately within the PGCertDes and wish to continue your studies.

Programme structure

Over the course of your study, you will explore the research methodologies, practices and technologies that can be applied in advanced design solutions.

You'll focus on the ways design can drive meaningful outcomes while considering the impact on society, the environment and economy.


DESIGN 700 (15 points)

DESIGN 701 (15 points)

DESIGN 702 (30 points)

PGCertDes students learn alongside Master of Design students in their first semester, to maximise engagement and knowledge sharing, and provide additional networks for future opportunities.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

Graduates of the PGCertDes will emerge with a suite of advanced design capabilities that are increasingly sought after in the commercial and civic fields. You'll be qualified in current design practices and ready to contribute solutions that are viable and sustainable in both the community and industry.

Jobs related to this programme

Creative director

Design researcher

Digital designer

Information designer

Interface designer

Product designer

Project leader

Service designer

Further study options

Master of Design

Entry criteria

You must have completed a Bachelors degree at a recognised university (or similar institution), with a grade point equivalent of 3.5.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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