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Design with Honours

Massey University

48 months
23662 USD/year
4975 USD/year
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Change the world through design. Study in New Zealand’s leading and most comprehensive Bachelor of Design with Honours programme at Massey University.


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As a Massey University`s Bachelor of Design with Honours student, you will spend most of your time making and thinking in studios, workshops and media labs.

There are many opportunities to explore other design fields from your major through electives (courses you choose). Cross-disciplinary collaboration is encouraged.

Solve real problems and challenge how we see the world

Design thinking is about reflecting on the world around you, and considering the needs of diverse people, cultures and contexts. In your fourth year you will have the opportunity to engage with live briefs and external clients.

Massey’s College of Creative Arts in Wellington offers a broad range of programmes in visual communication design, concept design, fashion design, industrial design, integrated design, spatial design, textile design, and photography. With a history that can be traced back to 1886, our School of Design is the largest and most comprehensive design school in New Zealand. We have produced many of our country’s most renowned designers.

How does it work?

As a design degree student you will enrol in the honours programme. Towards the end of third year, you decide whether you want to stick with the honours route, where your fourth year will be strongly research-led. The non-honours path is less research-focused and gives you room for more electives in fourth year.

Programme Structure

Schedule A: Core courses:

  • Communication for Makers
  • Conversations in Creative Cultures

Schedule C: Elective courses:

  • Art and Design: Special Topic I
  • Visual Identity Systems
  • Contemporary Design Project
  • Creative Collaboration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.   

We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and dedicated students who demonstrate skill and passion for design and the visual arts.

To enter the Bachelor of Design with Honours programme you will:

  • submit a portfolio (if you do well in NCEA Level 2 art, design or technology (or equivalent) you may not need to submit a portfolio. See details below.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23662 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23662 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    4975 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4975 USD per year during 48 months.
  • Domestic undergraduate fees: $6,975.90
  • International undergraduate fees: $33,630.00

Living costs for Palmerston North

1100 - 2100 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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