Masters Program in Design Studies in New Zealand

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Design Studies

A masters is the first level of graduate coursework and can be obtained after you receive a bachelor’s degree. Earning a masters usually requires two years of full-time study, which amounts to 36 to 54 semester credits.

 

Design is a specialty discipline with a vast array of applications. Constructing an object or process is key to meeting clients’ needs. Unique thinking, research, analysis and problem solving combine to fabricate products in corporate, education, government, and not-for-profit environments.

 

New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty. Kiwi are not only one of the national symbols – the others being the silver fern leaf and koru – but also the name New Zealanders usually call themselves. Overseas students will need to pay the full tuition fees and their own living costs while studying at a New Zealand institution.

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Master of Computer Graphic Design

The University of Waikato
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months July 2019 New Zealand Hamilton

The Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD) is an advanced degree focusing on graphic design theory, technology and original research. It builds on the unique combination of design and coding skills developed during the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD). [+]

Master of Computer Graphic Design

The Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD) is an advanced degree focusing on graphic design theory, technology and original research. It builds on the unique combination of design and coding skills developed during the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD).

The MCGD provides an opportunity for you to plan, develop and carry out a large-scale design research project. This will enable you to collaborate with other students and academics and to work with members of the professional design industry. The MCGD research is represented by both a written thesis and an exhibited design realisation.

Research topics are tailored to suit your interests, providing an opportunity for you to hone a particular aspect of graphic design further, which could be a pathway to your chosen career. You will also have the full support, guidance and expertise of your supervisor during your research project.... [-]


Master of Design Innovation

Victoria University of Wellington
Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months March 2019 New Zealand Wellington + 1 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]


Master of Design Technology

Victoria University of Wellington
Campus Full time 1 year March 2019 New Zealand Wellington

If you are interested in pursuing both a creative and a technical career and are thinking about working in one of the many emerging technology industries here in Wellington, New Zealand or even globally, the Master of Design Technology may be for you. [+]

Overview

If you are interested in pursuing both a creative and a technical career and are thinking about working in one of the many emerging technology industries here in Wellington, New Zealand or even globally, the Master of Design Technology may be for you.

The Master of Design Technology (MDT) is an exciting one-year (full-time) 180-point professional Master’s degree that provides students with the skills needed to work in highly technical design professions including game design, visual effects (VFX), exhibition design and multimedia design.

This programme is unique in New Zealand in providing students with the best expertise in both University research and Industry practice with which to gain the skills they need for a future in the broad-based and rapidly growing technology sector.... [-]


Master of Design

Massey University
Campus Full time 12 - 18 months March 2019 New Zealand Wellington

The Master of Design (MDes) is an advanced research qualification in design. Unless you already have an honours degree, you will first explore creative research practices and develop the skills and approaches you may wish to use during your thesis (e.g., digital fabrication). [+]

The Master of Design (MDes) is an advanced research qualification in design.

Unless you already have an honours degree, you will first explore creative research practices and develop the skills and approaches you may wish to use during your thesis (e.g., digital fabrication). For your thesis, you will complete a supervised programme of focused design research taking a challenging real-world design problem through to a well-evolved solution, eg a product prototype.

Different from undergrad

The MDes gives you a lot of freedom, especially once you get into your thesis. You have regular meetings with your supervisors, and crit sessions with your fellow MDes students, but you are in control of structuring your own time.... [-]


Master of User Experience Design

Victoria University of Wellington
Campus Full time 1 year July 2019 New Zealand Wellington

The MUXD is a Wellington ICT Graduate School programme delivered by the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington. [+]

Overview

The MUXD is a Wellington ICT Graduate School programme delivered by the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington.

User experience design is one of the largest growing design fields that addresses all aspects of user experience from understanding the identity of the users to the creation of the designs they interact with. User experience designers work across digital and physical media to improve the overall experience of design. User experience designers are skilled researchers, critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators and expert design practitioners.

The Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) is a one-year, full-time, 180 point master’s degree. It is aimed at industry professionals and/or recent graduates without an undergraduate qualification in media design, i.e. a conversion master’s degree.... [-]


Master of Design

Media Design School
Campus Full time 30 weeks February 2019 New Zealand Auckland

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry. [+]

The Master of Design is suitable for recent graduates in a design-related discipline or industry professionals who have six or more years in the creative industry.

Working in a simulated industry environment, our postgraduate students will be challenged to research relevant ideas, problem-solve, and create design solutions in response to a variety of real-world briefs. These briefs require our students to work collaboratively with others in order to create a broad range of digital and creative products, services and approaches across a multitude of media platforms.

This project-based interdisciplinary approach means that graduates will complete the programme with an impressive portfolio filled with practical and relevant work experience to show to their current or prospective employers.... [-]