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We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and dedicated students who demonstrate skill and passion for design and the visual arts. There are no required school subjects, but students who do well in NCEA Level 2 art, design or technology (or equivalent) may be granted automatic entry to the programme without having to submit a portfolio. The requirements for automatic entry are: NCEA Level 2 with Excellence, including an excellence endorsement in an approved art, design or technology subject.
Entry to the University is confirmed once you have achieved University Entrance.
Applications for the Bachelor of Design (Honours) starting in Semester One of the following year are due on 1 October of the preceding year. Late applications are still being accepted for this qualification. The due date for a Semester Two start is 30 June. However late applications will be considered subject to available spaces.
Please contact 0800 MASSEY to discuss your options with an Academic Adviser.
For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.
Cross credit applications can be made for the Bachelor of Design (Honours). Students will need to supply verified copies of academic transcripts as well as a portfolio of creative work (if applicable to the study that is under consideration for credit). It is recommended that students apply for credit at least six weeks prior to their intended study start date.
All design degree students in the college initially enrol in a Bachelor of Design with Honours.
The degree is made up of separate courses, the size of which is defined by the credit value. In the first year you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits. You should aim for 60 credits per semester and make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study. To complete your degree you will need a total of 480 credits, which corresponds to four years of full-time study.
When you apply we ask you to indicate what you think you want to major in, but you do not have to confirm your final choice of major until the end of First Year.
Everyone starts off in the Honours programme. Towards the end of Third Year the College of Creative Art assess whether you will continue with the Bachelor of Design (Honours) or complete a Bachelor of Design, which is less research-focused.
Students who start in Semester Two will require specific course planning and will need to take courses over summer school. Please discuss your options with an academic advisor.
The Bachelor of Design with Honours is the best preparation for becoming a well-rounded designer, whatever your chosen field of practice. Regardless of what major you choose, your degree has the same basic structure:
Studio courses in different design/art disciplines (your choice of 4, totalling 60 credits) + theory (30 credits) + electives (30 credits).
Studio in your Major (60 credits) + theory/enterprise (30 credits) + electives (30 credits).
Studio (60 credits) + theory/enterprise (30 credits) + electives. (30 credits).
Studio (75 credits) + an externally focused course (15 credits) + electives (30 credits).
To find out how to plan your study and to see the courses that are necessary to complete the programme, please check the regulations or contact 0800 MASSEY to discuss with an Academic Adviser.
If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course Search.
These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates
You must enrol in four. Each course runs for an intensive six weeks. Your options are:
These are compulsory and core to the degree programme. You must enrol in both:
Your choice of two courses from a wide range, covering topics in art, design, creative media, creative writing, expressive arts, business, marketing, communication and beyond.
Majors available for this programme:
We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our Fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
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