12 months
29098 USD/year
6849 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Offered by the School of Design, from the Victoria University of Wellington, the Master of Design is an opportunity to explore design-based research under the supervision of staff who are widely acknowledged as leaders in their fields.


Key facts

Advance your knowledge in the area of design that interests you, enhancing your theoretical and practical design expertise.

You'll further develop your critical thinking and discussion skills, increase your understanding of design and learn to express your own ideas and conclusions within a theoretical framework.

You'll need a solid understanding of design research methodology to be successful in your studies. Explore your topic through a written thesis or a research project in the form of a design-based composition.

If you want to do your Master’s via coursework, and work as part of a DRIL research group, you should explore the Master of Design Innovation.

Duration and workload

The Design programme from the Victoria University of Wellington can be completed within three trimesters of full-time study, or in six trimesters if you're studying part time. You have up to three years from enrolment to complete and present your thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design-led futures
  • Gaming
  • Interaction
  • Digital imaging
  • Live theory
  • Design history
  • Human factors in design research
  • Design and culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's or Honours degree in Design, with a B average.
  • You may also be required to demonstrate your proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29098 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29098 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    6849 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6849 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Estimated international fees  : NZ$40,671  for the full programme
  • Estimated domestic fees  : NZ$9,573 for the full programme

Living costs for Wellington

1000 - 2300 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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