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Postgraduate Diploma in Designed Environments - PGDipDE

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

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Build on your knowledge of the designed environment and open the door to Master's level study.

Build on your knowledge of the designed environment and open the door to further postgraduate study in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

If you’re already working in the industry, the Postgraduate Diploma in Designed Environments (PGDipDE) can be completed part time and will give you up-to-date professional development.

Pathway towards a Master's degree

You'll study eight postgraduate (400-level) courses in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and/or Landscape Architecture. The programme can be completed full time over two trimesters, or part time over at most four years.

The PGDipDE acts as a stepping stone towards four Master's programmes:

Master of Architecture

Master of Architecture (Professional)

Master of Interior Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture.

What you'll study

You will receive a world-class education at the Wellington School of Architecture. During your studies, you will have access to state-of-the-art workshops, studios, and computer labs. You’ll learn through lectures, studio sessions, seminars, laboratories, and field trips. And you'll be encouraged to learn, design, and create through different mediums.

In the studio sessions, you'll be taught in face-to-face mode with interactive lectures, one-on-one design tutorials, small group design tutorials, and informal and formal presentations.

Entry criteria

Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree or equivalent qualification, with at least a B average.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

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