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Bachelor of Design with Honours (Textile Design)

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Push the boundaries

Textiles span everything from design for fashion and interiors, to industrial products and gallery exhibitions. Massey sets you up for success by also teaching entrepreneurship, dynamic thinking, collaboration and innovation.

Textile design is a major within the Bachelor of Design with Honours.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Design with Honours parent structure.

What is it like?

Textile design has many possibilities including fashion, interior, or gallery outcomes. Students develop skills in colour, styling, texture, pattern, and surface application. You can specialise in print, dye, knit, weave, mixed media and non-woven textiles - the full range.

Most importantly, we prepare students for the rapidly evolving world of work and business. We’ll help you develop your own research and design approaches, and push the boundaries of current textile practice - because highly skilled innovators will always have the edge.

Massey provides an intellectual and creative environment, encouraging critical debate - so students are positioned to make their own choices about the design and manufacture of their textiles, like questions of sustainability and ethical production. We train students to create opportunities, to identify new concepts, and to participate in the global industry.

Textile design research at Massey is particularly strong in adding value to New Zealand wool products, developing innovative ways to use textile waste, and sustainability. Staff regularly collaborate with industry to develop new fibre blends, and foster design innovation in manufacturing - so we have excellent links with the textile industry nationally and internationally. These high quality collaborations evolve into connections for work experience, postgraduate study and employment.

Get the full picture

A good fit if you:

  • Love to create beautiful things
  • Enjoy a mix of technical and creative subjects
  • Want a career that combines creativity, business and technical skill
Dana Finnigan
BDes(Hons) Textile Design 2006, MDes 2008 (Glasgow School of Art)
Graduated in 2006
Business Owner, Dana Finnigan Textile Design, Glasgow

“My degree from Massey University was far superior to what I’ve seen from other institutions in the UK…”

Dana was first exposed to textile design during a youth exchange to Belgium where she discovered designers Dries van Noten and Walter Van Beirendonck. She returned to New Zealand to study textile design at Massey in 2002, and subsequently received a British Council Scholarship to do her Masters at Glasgow School of Art.

She says frankly, “My degree from Massey University was far superior to what I’ve seen from other institutions in the UK. It was leagues ahead of the rest and gave me an excellent, solid backing to start my career.”

Dana was employed at Timorous Beasties in Glasgow, one of the hottest textile design studios in the world today. Five years later, she launched her own company Dana Finnigan Textile Design, specialising in designs printed onto ceramics. In 2014, she won a UK start-up award for a funky range of designer toilets!


Graduates have pursued careers designing wall coverings, furnishings, apparel fabrics, art and design for films and theatre, secondary and tertiary education, consulting for colour and lifestyle trend predictions, styling in marketing, and merchandising sectors of industry. Many graduates run their own successful businesses.

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