Master of Design

Programme overview

The Master of Design at Victoria is a multi-disciplinary programme that gives you the opportunity to extend your design background and skills under the supervision of staff who are widely acknowledged as leaders in their fields.

Our Master’s qualification offers students the flexibility to explore design based research through the form of a written thesis or a research project as a design-based composition. Students are encouraged to investigate topics in their masters that are placed within a strong theoretical framework.

In selecting your research topic for your master you will need to consider aspects of the technical, intellectual, aesthetic and cultural conditions of design theory and practice where you have sufficient training and ability.

To date research topics have developed around:

  • design led futures
  • gaming
  • interaction
  • digital imaging
  • live theory
  • design history
  • human factors in design research
  • design and culture.

We encourage you to make enquiries into postgraduate study as soon as possible in order to maximise your experience with us.


A minimum of 9 months full-time, or 18 months part time.
The thesis must be presented within three years of first enrolment.

Admission requirements

Entry into the Master of Design (MDes) normally requires the following:

  • a Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Design (BDes) or Bachelor of Design with Honours (BDes[Hons])
  • acceptance by the Head of School as being capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study
  • an equivalent qualification, at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning and Students) of the Faculty of Architecture and Design.

Entry into the Master's programme is based on excellent academic performance in these prerequisite qualifications.

Degree requirements

Research requirements

All postgraduate students are expected to conduct their research with a high level of competency in the English language.

Victoria University offer a range of University Preparation courses to assist students in English as a Second Language (ESOL) or the English Proficiency Programme.

To make an enquiry contact the Faculty of Architecture and Design Student Administration  Office, include a comprehensive description of your qualifications and your initial research interests.

How to find out more

The Faculty of Architecture and Design Student Administration Office offer additional information on:

  • admission
  • qualifications and courses
  • course advice and selection criteria
  • exemptions and prerequisites
  • your Application to study.

This Master's qualification is taught at the School of Design, Te Aro Campus, 139 Vivian Street, Wellington.

For further assistance, please contact us:

Phone: 04 463 6200
Email: address

To find out what is available to you as a Master's student see PostgradLife.