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Programme Overview

Our Master of Design Innovation (MDI) degree is offered across three specialisations – Culture+Context, Industrial Design and Media Design. This qualification is designed for our Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) graduates who wish to train as professional designers.

The Master of Design Innovation (MDI) consists of two parts acting as a pathway from a Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) into postgraduate studies in one of our four subjects: Culture+Context, Computer Graphics, Industrial Design and Media Design.

Your course of study is divided into two parts; Part 1 is a combination of taught core and elective courses and Part 2 is a research thesis. Your core courses are multi-disciplinary in nature to encourage collaboration within the design environment.

In Part 1 your first year of postgraduate study involves a combination of core courses and electives. In the first trimester core courses, you will be introduced to a wide variety of design research methods that will form the basis of your thesis proposal. You will gain skills for defining the significance of a design research topic, identify design research questions, define the scope of your project and writing your initial thesis proposal.

In the second trimester, you will collaborate in the multidisciplinary Design Led Futures (DLF) Programme. DLF challenges students and industry partners to explore the world they could inhabit in the distant future (up to 80 years out) and the role they have creating it.

In each trimester of your first year of study you will also do an elective course, including at least one in your disciplinary area. You will have the opportunity to explore:

  • Computer Generated Culture
  • Design and the Human Mind
  • Design and the Human Body
  • Creative Digital Manufacturing
  • Special Effects
  • Game Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Conceptual Design Ideas
  • Design Led Business
  • Computer Graphics
  • design research opportunities and effects of new technologies on society and culture and vice versa and the role of the designer
  • high-level skills and methodologies for conceiving and constructing artefacts, systems and environments, both real and virtual appropriate to the rapidly changing human condition
  • actively participating in the process of creating value by design, to shape business strategy, to optimise and differentiate according to strategic design objectives
  • industry and cultural organisations through applied research projects
  • experimentation on the relationships between people and designs, from physiological and psychological perspectives

In Part 2 your second year of study, you will complete a thesis in your discipline, with supervision from  academic staff in the School of Design.

Current research topics or areas within the School of Design include:

  • Design Led Futures
  • Gaming
  • Interaction
  • Digital Imaging
  • Live Theory
  • Design History
  • The Human Mind
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Design and Culture
  • Special Effects.

Find more information on the MDI programme here or contact the School of Design.

Please click on the image below to download a printable pdf version of the MDI outline.

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Postgraduate programme in Computer Graphics

The School of Design, in association with the School of Engineering and Computer Science, have introduced a Master's qualification (MDI) in Computer Graphics. Uniting design and computation, this degree blends computer programming and scripting processes with studio approaches to deliver cutting edge computer graphics compositions. 

Visit the Computer Graphics website for more information.

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Duration

Two years of full-time study or up to four years part-time.

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Admission Requirements

Entry into the Master of Design Innovation (MDI) normally requires one of the following:

  • a Victoria University of Wellington Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) degree
  • a Victoria University of Wellington Graduate Diploma in Design Innovation (GDipDI)
  • entry at the discretion of the Associate Dean (Teaching, Learning and Students) of the Faculty of Architecture and Design or an equivalent qualification approved by the Faculty and a portfolio.

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

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Degree Requirements

The Master of Design Innovation (MDI) degree requirements are outlined below for each year's course of study.

Culture+Context

Part 1 – 120 points in courses numbered 400-499 including:

DSDN 411 Design Led Futures 30 pts
DSDN 481 Research Methods 30 pts

and one of:

CCDN 431 Conceptual Design Ideas 30 pts
CCDN 444 Computer Generated Culture 30 pts
CCDN 471 Cultural Factors 30 pts
CCDN 472 Advanced Theory 30 pts
a further 30 points from the MDI Schedule or from approved 400-level courses in a related discipline.  

Part 2 – 120 point thesis or 90 point thesis with 30 points coursework:

CCDN 591 Thesis  120 pts

or

CCDN 592 Thesis 90 pts
a further 30 points from the MDI schedule or from approved 400- or 500-level courses in a related discipline  

Students who complete Part 1 and do not proceed to Part 2 may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma Design Innovation (PGDipDI) in Culture+Context.

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Industrial Design

Part 1 – 120 points in courses numbered 400-499 including:

DSDN 411 Design Led Futures 30 pts
DSDN 481 Research Methods 30 pts

one course from:

INDN 441 Creative Digital Manufacturing 30 pts
INDN 452 Design and the Human Body 30 pts
and one elective course at 400 level.  

Part 2 – 120 point thesis or 90 point thesis with 30 points coursework:

INDN 591 Thesis  120 pts

or

INDN 592 Thesis 90 pts
a further 30 points from the MDI schedule or from approved 400 or 500 level course in a related discipline.  

Students who complete Part 1 and do not proceed to Part 2 may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma Design Innovation (PGDipDI) in Industrial Design.

Parts 1 and 2 will include an appropriate level of practical work, as determined by the Head of School.

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Media Design

Part 1 – 120 points in courses numbered 400-499 including:

DSDN 411 Design Led Futures 30 pts
DSDN 481 Research Methods 30 pts

one course from:

MDDN 412 Interaction Design 30 pts
MDDN 414 Topics in Postproduction and Special Effects 30 pts
MDDN 415 Topics in Computer Game Design 30 pts
MDDN 441 Computer Graphics for Film 30 pts
MDDN 442 Computer Graphics for Interaction Design 30 pts
a further 30 points from the MDI schedule or from approved 400 or 500 level course in a related discipline.  

Part 2 – 90 point thesis with 30 points coursework:

MDDN 592 Thesis in Media Design  90 pts
a further 30 points from the MDI schedule or from approved 400 or 500 level course in a related discipline.  

Students who complete Part 1 and do not proceed to Part 2 may graduate with a Postgraduate Diploma Design Innovation (PGDipDI) in Media Design.

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MDI in Computer Graphics

Part 1 – 120 points in courses numbered 400-499 including:

DSDN 411 Design Led Futures 30 pts
DSDN 481 Research Methods 30 pts
COMP 408 Computer Graphics Rendering 15 pts
COMP 409 Three-Dimensional Modelling for Computer Graphics 15 pts

and one of:

MDDN 441 Computer Graphics for Film 30 pts
MDDN 442 Computer Graphics for Interaction Design 30 pts

Part 2 – 90 point thesis with 30 points coursework:

MDDN 594 Thesis in Computer Graphics  90 pts

and one of:

MDDN 441 Computer Graphics for Film 30 pts
MDDN 442 Computer Graphics for Interaction Design 30 pts
DSDN 463 Practicum 30 pts

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

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Career Opportunities

Many Master's graduates move into a satisfying career in design oriented fields within the public and private sectors. The skills and training you gain in this programme are broad in scope allowing you to find opportunities for careers outside the mainstream profession.

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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.