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Master of Design Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

New Zealand


Course info


UCOL's highly skilled lecturers deliver the art/design theory and original academic/applied research required for you to create advanced projects of your choice in either time-based/print-based design, object design/visual arts or fashion/textile design.

Master of Design graduates will excel in a range of industries such as galleries, fashion houses, graphic design studios, film and television, printing and publishing, web design, art studios, set design and much more.

Candidates for this programme must undertake and complete a written thesis based on their research initiatives and prepare a body of work for final exhibition. They must possess an exceptional degree of motivation and a strong enthusiasm for art/design.

Course Information

Compulsory courses

  • Advanced Research Methods for Design
  • Concept Development Studio
  • Major Project
  • Thesis Dissertation and Implementation

Elective courses

Choose four of the following courses. The availability of a particular elective is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that elective.

  • Advanced Digital Photography
  • Advanced Illustration
  • Advanced Glass Studio
  • Advanced Textile and Fibre
  • Advanced 3D Modelling
  • Advanced Computer Aided Drafting
  • Advanced Object
  • Advanced Printmaking
  • Advanced Moving Image

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of UCOL's Master of Design will be able to:

  • Understand the historical, social, bi-cultural and multi-cultural context in which they work
  • Provide evidence of effort and application in successfully completing the learning outcomes
  • Apply knowledge, research skills and attitudes learned through problem solving projects in selected areas of design
  • Understand the importance and use of a design theory and methodology as a way of working
  • Show evidence of exploration, experimentation and applied innovation through research
  • Have considerable experience in the operation of hardware and software
  • Positively evaluate their own work and that of others
  • Negotiate commitments and meet deadlines
  • Apply an integrity of approach to materials, process and intention

Graduates will be suitably equipped to work in a variety of roles in the design based industries, including:

  • Advertising
  • Consultancy
  • Art/Design education
  • Art/Design studios
  • Fashion Studios
  • Galleries and museums
  • Set design and styling
  • Television and video production
  • Printing, publishing and illustration
  • Research and development
  • Self-employment
  • Graphic design
  • Textile design
  • Visual communications
  • Website design
  • Object and craft design
  • Practicing artist
  • Doctoral study

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Design.

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees

NZ$25,000.00 (13,32,950) per year


15 Feb


UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,



4500, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must have graduated with a Bachelor’s degree, or a similar qualification in art or design, or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and knowledge.

Applications must be made on the standard UCOL Student Application Form and provide information on relevant experience, academic qualifications and academic record.

Applicants may be asked to provide a portfolio of original, developmental and finished work.

The minimum English proficiency entry requirement for students is IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6 (or equivalent, including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT): Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: C1 or C2 with score of 176; no less than 169 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C+ or 300 in all subtests; PToE (Academic): Score of 58 with no band less than 50.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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