Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Design with Honours
Become a designer and make the world a better place.
- Four years full-time
- Available at Wellington
- The top-ranked design school in New Zealand and Australia by Red Dot global design awards
- Ranked 2nd in the entire Asia-Pacific region by Red Dot
- The only art and design school in New Zealand and Australia to be recognised by the US National Association of Schools of Art and Design
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How will you learn?
By getting hands-on in studios and workshops
Through working in groups, and by doing individual projects
By learning and applying design principles in real life (how do we get more young people to vote? how can we make the city more sustainable? how can we create low waste clothes?)
By creating systems and experiences as well as products
By working closely with your tutors, and eventually finding your own design voice
With help from friends, and coffee, and a few late nights.
You'll graduate prepared to work in a fast-paced and changing global market.
Honours / non-honours
All design degree students enrol in honours. Towards the end of third year, you decide whether you want to stick with the honours route, where your 4th year will be strongly research-led. The non-honours path is less research-focused and gives you room for more electives in 4th year.
Graduates leave with a portfolio that demonstrates their design work, technical skills, communication skills, teamwork, entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, and ability to work in a bicultural environment. They are well-equipped for professional design practice and a range of industry, business, and marketing-related activities. Some continue with postgraduate study and research in New Zealand or overseas, including the MFA in design and the Master of Design.
Want to apply?
Click here to apply for the Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Design with Honours. Applications for the Bachelor of Design (with or without Honours) close on 1 October each year. However late applications will be considered subject to space and availability.
- Videos about undergraduate programmes
- BDes degree structure
- Videos about the first year studio courses that you can choose from
- Portfolio requirements
- View the College of Creative Arts undergraduate degree booklet and guide below.