Victoria University Of Wellington Design

Design does more than shape our material culture and social interactions. It interrogates the status quo and probes the pathways of culture from our ancient origins through to our emerging future.

Our research expertise and focus on design innovation means we can give you an edge in your design career. Industry collaboration and research opportunities at the School of Design Innovation can take you into unexpected roles both nationally and internationally.

Do you notice details about objects, systems, and experiences that could be improved? Think of a surfboard, an avatar, an art show, or a prosthetic leg—all began as ideas in a designer’s head.

The design field is changing fast and needs out-of-the-box thinking and innovation. Design at Victoria University of Wellington is about experimenting, researching, and imagining the future. Here you’ll use state-of-the-art technology to design new methods of shaping the world.

Your Design studies might link in with other fields, such as Computer Science, Architecture, Music, Theatre, or Marketing. You’ll broaden your horizons while unlocking your creative potential.

Industry connections

Wellington is a world leader in digital innovation and creative technology. Take advantage of our connections with industry partners such as Weta Digital, Weta Workshop, PikPok, Te Papa, Callaghan Innovation, and Clemenger BBDO. Interact with professional designers and potential employers through internships, guest lectures, and portfolio review days.

World-class facilities

Work in studios that encourage curiosity, experimentation, and good professional practice. You’ll use state-of-the-art computer labs and have access to 3D printers, laser-cutters, and high-end digital robotic equipment. Develop cutting-edge skills in the cyclorama photo studio and the motion capture studio.

After you graduate

You’ll have the practical design skills, creativity, and knowledge needed to excel in highly sought-after design roles. Our successful alumni are leaders in the design industry all over the world.

Related subject areas


View a full list of postgraduate Design courses offered by the School of Design Innovation.

300-level courses

500-level courses

  • DESN 591: Thesis (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
  • DESN 592: Composition (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)

600-level courses