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What will I learn?

The Master of Design is a research degree aimed at developing your design expertise and empowering your decision-making.

Specialising in industrial design, fashion design and textile design, communication design, digital design or spatial design, you will work on interdisciplinary projects. Implementing creative research strategies, and continuing to develop expertise in your chosen field, you will contribute to a vibrant, collaborative design culture.
Through this degree you will advance your creative research skills, become ethically responsible and socially aware, and develop an understanding of the implications of working across cultural, social, and industrial contexts.

Develop your expertise in communication design, design for health and wellbeing, spatial design, strategic leadership in design, textile design and virtual production. Within each discipline, there are potential study and research pathways.

  • Communication Design pathway
  • Digital Design pathway
  • Fashion Design pathway
  • Good Health Design pathway
  • Industrial Design pathway
  • Spatial Design pathway
  • Strategic Leadership in Design pathway
  • Textile Design pathway

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$39,200.00 (US$ 22,007) per year
Fees are subject to change year to year.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023


Auckland University of Technology

AUT City Campus,

55 Wellesley Street East,


Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum entry requirements are a successfully completed bachelor’s degree in the same area of study from a recognised university. English Language requirements: Minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

For international students

Bachelor of Design or equivalent with a B grade average or higher in the papers at level 7 or above.

Other requirements

Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of work and attend a selection interview

English Language Requirements:

IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent; TOEFL iBT score of 90; Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS) with A grade; GIE with B+ grade; CAE minimum overall score of 176; PTE minimum overall score of 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Auckland University of Technology

AUT is a modern, world-ranked university offering exceptional learning experiences, preparing graduates for successful careers anywhere in the world.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world
  • Ranked 1st in New Zealand for its international outlook
  • AUT has over 60 research institutes and centres
  • A network of 100,000+ alumni across 80 different countries

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