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Graduate Diploma in Design

Key facts

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

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Entry requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Design is open to holders of a Bachelor’s degree. Applicants who do not have a degree may apply to be admitted with equivalent status on the basis of practical, professional of scholarly experience, for example, an appropriate diploma plus work experience or substantial relevant professional experience. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of work to demonstrate they are at the standard necessary to undertake work at 200- and 300-level (second and third year) and beyond.

Applications close on 15 November.

Late applications may be accepted subject to available spaces.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

You will need to select courses to the value of 120 credits from Part A and Part B of the Schedule of the Graduate Diploma.

You need to select courses to the value of 120 credits at 200 and 300-level from the wide range of courses for the Bachelor of Design (Hons). Endorsement available are fashion design, industrial design, photography, spatial design, textile design and visual communication design.

Courses for the Graduate Diploma in Design have the following prefixes:

198. Industrial Design
212. Fashion Design
221. Photography
222. Visual Communication Design
223. Textile Design
224. Spatial Design

Some courses may have limitations on numbers and some have prerequisites, i.e. courses that must be passed prior to study at the next level. Depending upon your previous study or experience, you may be granted an exemption from prerequisite courses on application. If you are planning to use the Graduate Diploma as preparation for postgraduate study in design you should consult an Academic Adviser.

Graduate Diploma in Design structure

The Graduate Diploma in Design consists of advanced degree-level courses worth a total of 120 credits. It must include courses to the value of at least 75 credits at 300-level or above. Students are required to successfully pass 90 credits of core courses selected from Parts A and B and 30 credits of elective courses from Part C. The elective courses can be across 200 or 300 level (subject to meeting prerequisites). The qualification will be endorsed with one of the following: Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Photography, Spatial Design, Textile Design, or Visual Communication Design.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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