School of Design

Postgraduate study

Take your creativity to the next level! Study one of our graduate or postgraduate qualifications and become a specialist in design.

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Our postgraduate programmes provide opportunities to learn and embed research methods that extend your design practice. We leverage extensive professional networks and industry connections, working with local and international institutions to provide real-world opportunities for our postgraduate students.

You are able to work with industry and community partners on live team projects or develop your own practice-based research project. We invite you to identify a need, a market opportunity, or provide a challenge to how things are now. We welcome project proposals that make a difference and are inherently sustainable, and we are happy to provide feedback for you on a draft project proposal.

Examples of possible projects include:

  • Health service design
  • Virtual Reality
  • Cradle to cradle / circular design
  • User experience
  • Local business/community development
  • Fashion from both innovative design, industry, craft and the wearer's perspectives
  • Food design and food experiences

Our postgraduate qualifications

Design

If you have already achieved excellence in your undergraduate degree, this postgraduate qualification is a great opportunity to extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practice. Graduates of this programme will be well-prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Creative Lead, Digital Artist, Senior Designer, Visual Effects, Web Designer

Design

This qualification is suitable for you if you have a strong professional design background. Extend and deepen your research skills and work on applied research projects which are self-generated or developed with industry/community partners. 

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

On campus

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Artist, Collection Curator, Curator, Design Researcher, Practising artist

Design

Learn how to enhance user experiences through design. You will develop skills to use design as a strategic tool by undertaking applied research tailored to suit your needs. You will explore ways to create new products and systems that contribute to satisfying human interactions. Multi-disciplinary design interaction, criticism and debate will be encouraged throughout the programme.

Duration

18 Months

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Curator, Design Consultant, Design Lead, Design Researcher, Entrepreneur, Practising artist

Design

This is an advanced programme with an emphasis on design research. You can choose to conclude the degree by either completing a Thesis or developing an Integrated Body of Creative Work.

Duration

1 Year

Delivery

Blended learning

Location

Dunedin

Career potential

Art Educator, Curator, Design Lead, Design Manager, Design Researcher, Doctoral study, Practising artist

Explore more about postgraduate study

Discover what postgraduate study at our School of Design is like. Chat to our supervisors, or read up about the research conducted by our students and staff in the past.

Contact us

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