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Diploma in Design

The study of Design combines an understanding of human needs and desires, forming creative solutions, prototyping and developing artifacts and evaluating their impact and effectiveness in society. It comprises a well-balanced combination of analytical, technological and creative abilities.

Bachelor of Design

Unleash your creative potential is this one-year programme

Looking for a short-term study option?  A Diploma can help pave your way to future success, with just one year of study. It's a great way to gain an introductory qualification in a field of study.

Challenge your creative and innovative thinking

In this one-year qualification you will learn a range of skills and knowledge in the diverse and exciting world of Design.

We encourage our students to reach beyond the boundaries of traditional design, and explore the potential of the ever-evolving digital environment.

You will develop knowledge in a broad range of industry standard software, while using the latest digital technology and you will have 24-hour access to our state of the art computer labs, equipped with the latest software and Mac computers.

  • Communication Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interface Design
  • Media Design

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Key information

Years: 1
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
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Entry requirements

Applications are open to anyone with University Entrance or its equivalent. For more information, contact our Future Students Team: [email protected]

When you apply to enrol, select Diploma (Undergraduate) as your qualification.

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You must complete 120 points (most papers are worth 15 points, so that's usually eight papers in total). 75 points must be at 200 level or above, and 75 points must be from within the field of Design.

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Subjects within the field of Design


Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Student Centre
Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528) or 07 838 4176
Email: [email protected]

Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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