Massey University Design


Study with the Wellington School of Design and address local and global issues—producing inspiring design solutions for a rapidly changing world.

At undergraduate level, choose from eight interdisciplinary majors: concept, fashion, industrial, integrated, photography, spatial, textiles and visual communication design.


We excel across many disciplines and have the highest number of top-ranked researchers in design, visual art and craft in New Zealand following the 2018 PBRF round.

Our research units include Toi Āria: Design for Public Good, focusing on improving lives through design, and Design+Democracy, exploring the role of design and design thinking in advancing twenty-first century citizenship.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the Wellington School of Design’s areas of specialisation. 


3D Workshop

Students can access a number of workshops on campus, alongside technical staff who will introduce them to the equipment and assist them if required. The 3D Workshop has specialty spaces to explore materials, prototyping and manufacturing processes. This includes wood, plastics, engineering, resins/ casting, welding, sanding and spray booths, CNC (water jet cutter, laser cutters, mill, routers) through to wood and metal working machinery and hand tools.

Textiles construction studio

Our spacious textile weave and knit design and construction studio includes domestic single bed knitting machines, 8 shaft table looms, 16 and 32 shaft AVL floor looms, and a needle felting machine for felt and non-woven production.

Printmaking studio

The print and type studio includes: A laser cutter; vinyl cutter; metal and wooden type; cylinder and platen presses; and screen printing equipment.


The Toystore offers a wide range of audiovisual equipment for design students to borrow, as well as access to large format printing and technical support.

Lighting studio

Massey University’s Wellington campus lighting studio provides students with access to an industry equivalent photographic/film studio consisting of built-in coved backdrop, a lighting grid, small camera dolly/crane, lights and accessories required to shoot anything from a small product shot to a short film.

Dye, digital print and screen print

Students have access to the synthetic colouration and natural dye laboratory, which includes a dye vat and colour testing winch. There is also a digital sublimation printer for polyester fabrics and materials, and screen printing facility with 7m print tables.

Fashion workrooms

Students have access to extensive workrooms that include plain sewers, overlockers, industrial presses, buttonholers, bar tackers, knit and leather machinery. The expansive studios have large tables for pattern-making and cutting, and computer labs for digital pattern-making using CAD software, pattern digitising and plotting. There is space for students to set up their own working stations as they prepare final collections or presentations.

VR/AR room

The VR/AR room is a specialised room located at Massey University’s Wellington campus. Students can explore and prototype virtual spaces and experiences, or create virtual artworks or designs using virtual reality and augmented reality equipment.