Master of Design Innovation

General

Program Description

Overview

Get the specialist skills and knowledge you need to be a successful professional in the design industry. In this three-trimester programme, you'll learn the art of bringing ideas to life—from conception to design to construction.

Choose one of three majors—Industrial Design, Media Design, and Design for Social Innovation—in this industry-focused, professional qualification with the School of Design. Assess new technologies and investigate the social, cultural, environmental and economic implications of design on our world.

Through a combination of coursework and supervised research, you'll gain a greater understanding of the process of creating value through design.

Design Research Innovation Labs (DRIL)

You'll do much of your work in the Design Research Innovation Laboratory (DRIL), giving you a stimulating and supportive environment for inspiration and discovery. Choose a research group with DRIL that fits with your current knowledge and career goals, and your intended thesis or research portfolio topic.

Work with commercial and cultural organizations on applied research projects, build your communication and collaboration skills and get ready for an exciting career in design.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues.

You'll have opportunities to attend events, seminars, workshops, and social functions. The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information on the study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

You'll be ready for a career in many design-oriented fields within the public and private sectors. You might work as an industrial, interior or product designer, an art director, visual effects artist, jeweler, exhibition designer, digital animator or a web designer.

Because you'll gain a broad range of skills during your studies, you'll also be able to find opportunities for careers beyond the mainstream profession.

Returning to study

Many students return to university for postgraduate study after several years away. If it's been a while since you've studied, our liaison officers can help you get back into university life.

Scholarships

Gain valuable real-world experience as well as an insight into what research is all about with Victoria's Summer Research Scholarships.

You can also look for other scholarships based on your level of study, subject area, and background.

Advance your expertise with Ph.D. study

If you do well in your Master's research you'll be able to apply to do a Ph.D. This is the highest academic qualification offered by the University and involves original and sustained research under supervision.

Ph.D. students are supported by the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR), which also handles all applications.

Before applying, you should talk to the School's postgraduate programme coordinator about available supervision for Ph.D. study in Design.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Get a world-class education as an international student at Victoria University of Wellington—New Zealand's globally-ranked capital city university. Victoria University of Wellington is located in Well ... Read More

Get a world-class education as an international student at Victoria University of Wellington—New Zealand's globally-ranked capital city university. Victoria University of Wellington is located in Wellington – New Zealand’s second largest city – in the geographic, political and cultural heart of the country. We’re number one in New Zealand for research quality. Read less
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