School of Design

bachelor of design innovation

Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI)

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

Contact

Faculty Office Architecture and Design
Phone: 04 463 6200
Email: design@vuw.ac.nz
Website: www.victoria.ac.nz/design

General Course Advice
Phone: 04 463 5374
0800 VICTORIA (842 864)
Email: course-advice@vuw.ac.nz

About

Victoria's three-year Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) is a flexible degree that enables you to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and intended career. You can major in one of three areas: Culture+Context Design, Industrial Design and Media Design. You can also combine your studies in design with a minor in another discipline such as Psychology, Computer Science, Cultural Anthropology, Marketing, ori StudiesPacific Studies, Music, Film or Media Studies.

The School of Design's programme is cross-disciplinary and enables the relationships between Culture+Context Design, Industrial Design and Media Design to be investigated and redefined. It is an intense programme of study which embraces the design ideas, principles, histories, practices and strategies of three and four dimensional design by challenging the traditional definitions of design.

The BDI will give you a grounding in design strategies and skills, and the elective courses you take will complement and broaden your degree.

The BDI leads into the 15 month Master of Design Innovation (MDI). While the BDI intends to inspire you and show you a myriad of exciting career possibilities, the MDI allows you to focus on a particular area and develop your skills to internationally competitive levels of professional practice.

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BDI majors

There are three majors in the Bachelor of Design Innovation:

Culture+Context Design is an innovative programme that creatively and critically explores evolving theories, concepts and historical ideas that contribute to design within contemporary culture, blending both studio practice and theoretical investigation.

Industrial Design brings together the art of designing manufactured products and systems with the imagination required to make them extraordinary. It provides the knowledge and skills required to design products from commercial to domestic, real to virtual and practical to poetic. 

Media Design offers insights into a wide range of creative methods and technologies, and provides expertise in areas such as creative coding, 3D animation, video design and post-production, game and interaction design. Media Design explores how people interface with digital technology through practice-based experimentation, theoretical investigation and interdisciplinary thinking. 

BDI specialisations

A specialisation is a focus area within a degree, made up of a set of prescribed courses. Each specialisation has a number of core courses in each year of study. You must successfully complete the core courses at each year level before moving to the next level.

Available specialisations:

Culture+Context Design: Cultures of Making, Service Design, Speculative Design

Industrial Design: Design for Digital Making, Design for Future Technologies, Tangible Interactions Design

Media Design: 3D Design and Animation, Computer Graphics, Game Design, Interactive Design, Video Design

Please refer to the Culture+Context Design, Industrial Design, or Media Design subject pages for details concerning available specialisations in each major. 

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Minor requirements

A minor is a specialised area of study that can be added to a BDI degree programme and consists of 60 points at 200 and 300 level in one subject, including at least 15 points at 300 level. For example, if you have an interest in Pacific design, you might include a minor in Pacific Studies with your Bachelor of Design Innovation in Culture+Context Design.

A minor is compulsory in the Culture+Context Design major and optional in the Industrial Design and Media Design majors. 

Please refer to Culture+Context Design, Industrial Design or Media Design subject pages for a list of recommended minors in each major.

Note: Planning a minor to fit with your course of study can be complex. Ask for help from a student adviser or book a course planning appointment with one of our liaison officers.

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Admission and enrolment

Secondary school subjects you will need

Useful background subjects are creative subjects such as Art, Design and Graphics and essay-based subjects such as English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography or Economics.

Before you enrol at Victoria you must meet University Entrance requirements. Check that you're eligible to apply by meeting one of the admission types then follow the steps to apply before applying online.

If you're an international student, you'll have a different admission and application process.

First year requirements

You must include WRIT 101 Writing English or WRIT 151 Academic Writing in ESL—English as a Second Language in your first-year programme unless you have a minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in one of the following subjects:

  • English
  • History
  • Art History
  • Classics
  • Geography
  • Economics

Selection into second-year

A limited number of students are selected to progress to the second year of the BDI, based on their academic performance in the first year.

Complete an online enrolment application

Students applying for second year will need to ensure that the online enrolment application form has been submitted no later than 10 December each year.

Select your preferences

As part of online enrolment you are required to select your second year course of study programme from the available majors within the School of Design. You need to rank the available specialisations in order of preference as you may not get your first choice because some programmes have limited enrolment numbers.

Refer to the Culture+Context Design, Industrial Design and Media Design subject pages for more information about each specialisation and the requirements of the BDI.

Applying for direct entry into second-year

Students applying for direct entry into second year who are transferring from another university or institute complete the enrolment process outlined above.

Students are also required to submit a portfolio of work along with an official academic transcript and any relevant documents supporting their application into the degree programme. These must reach the student administration office by 10 December each year. Portfolio requirement information (PDF, 97.8 KB).

Send applications to: Student Academic and Administration Office, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington.

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Degree requirements

The BDI degree requires 360 points and involves three years of full-time study. Students must include:

  • at least 240 points from the BDI schedule*
  • at least 200 points from 200 level or above, including 120 points from the BDI schedule
  • at least 80 points from 300 level courses including 60 points from the BDI schedule.

Each course of study must meet the requirements of one major selected from Culture+Context Design, Industrial Design or Media Design, and one minor for Culture+Context Design.

*Note: The BDI schedule lists all courses from 100 to 300 level in the following subject codes.

To assist with planning your degree, check out the degree examples for the BDI.

BDI elective courses

Students in all three majors of the BDI are required to take some elective courses each year as part of their course of study if they are not completing a specialisation. 

These elective courses can be chosen from the BDI schedule, provided appropriate prerequisites have been satisfied. Students may also include up to 120 points of elective courses from other disciplines offered by Victoria. Elective courses in other disciplines can be selected towards completing a minor.

Refer to Culture+Context DesignIndustrial Design or Media Design subject pages for more information about elective courses in each specialisation.

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Career options

Culture+Context Design specialisation offers a wide variety of career opportunities in the rapidly expanding creative industries. Our graduates work as design consultants, material culture advisers, writers, critics, strategists, researchers, managers, curators, advocates and facilitators in these creative industries.

Industrial Design has a well-established range of career opportunities. Victoria’s programme is internationally competitive and incorporates a global perspective. Industrial Design graduates work as in-house industrial designers, design consultants, 3D digital designers, self-employed designers/makers, product interface designers, product usability designers, physical interaction designers, exhibition designers, film prop designers, furniture designers, design entrepreneurs and (following an appropriate teaching qualification) design and technology teachers both in New Zealand and overseas.

Media Design is one of design's fastest growing areas. Our programme prepares you for employment in the expanding fields of communication, interaction and entertainment, such as the computer gaming and film industries, internet design, audio-visual design and experience design. Media Design graduates can look forward to careers as content developers, game designers, web designers, special effects and post-production professionals, interaction designers, researchers, art directors and educators. 

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Fees

Fees are set each year and are worked out on a per point basis. There are compulsory fees for student services, student union membership and internet access. Some courses have additional charges for items such as study materials, equipment or field trips.

Read more about the fees charges for Domestic Students and International Students.

Further study

The BDI leads into a 15 month postgraduate programme Master of Design Innovation (MDI).

How to find out more

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email course-advice@vuw.ac.nz.

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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Degree examples

Degree Example-Culture+Context Design

Year 1 Courses Points
DSDN 101 Design Visualisation 15
DSDN 111 Ideas and Principles of Design 15
DSDN 171 Design in Context 15
WRIT 101 Writing English or WRIT 151 Academic Writing in ESL-English as a Second Language* 15
One further DSDN 100 level course, for example DSDN 144 Photographics or DSDN 141 Experimenting with Materials 15
Courses for minor and elective BDI courses 45
Total points for first-year Culture+Context 120
First-year requirements—*A student with 14 level 3 NCEA credits in English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography or Economics may substitute the WRIT requirement with a 100-level elective course.
Year 2 courses Points
Two courses from CCDN 200-299 40
CCDN 271 20
Courses for minor and elective courses 80
Total points for second-year Culture+Context Design 140
Year 3 courses Points
CCDN 331 Live Theory   20
CCDN 332 Design + 20
One course from CCDN 300-399 20
Minor and elective BDI courses to the total value of 60
Total points for third-year Culture+Context 120

Total points 360

Culture+Context Design Specialisations 

Specialisation Courses
Cultures of Making CCDN 231, CCDN 233, CCDN 344
Service Design DSDN 251, CCDN 233, CCDN 312
Speculative Design CCDN 233, CCDN 242, CCDN 342
 

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Degree Example-Industrial Design

Year 1 Courses Points
DSDN 101 Design Visualisation 15
DSDN 104 Digital Creation 15
DSDN 111 Ideas and Principles of Design 15
DSDN 171 Design in Context 15
DSDN 141 Experimenting with Materials 15
WRIT 101 Writing English or WRIT 151 Academic Writing in ESL-English as a Second Language* 15
DSDN 112 Introduction to Interaction Design (recommended elective) 15
Elective course or course for a minor 15
Total points for first-year Industrial 120
First-year requirement:

*A student with 14 level 3 NCEA credits in English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography or Economics may substitute the WRIT requirement with any 100 level elective course.

Year 2 Courses Points
INDN 211 Object Based Experiments 20
INDN 212 Product Based Experiments 20
CCDN 271 20
Elective courses to the total of* 60
Total points for second year Industrial Design  120

*Must include one 20 point BDI course. 

Year 3 Courses Points
INDN 311 Digital Form 20
INDN 312 Brand + Identity 20
Either INDN 321 or INDN 341 Mass Production + Digital Manufacture 20
Either CCDN 331, CCDN 344, or INDN 332   20
Elective courses to the total value of 40
Total points for third-year Industrial Design 120

Total points 360

Industrial Design Specialisations 

Specialisation Courses
Tangible Interactions Design DSDN 251, INDN 321, INDN 312
Design for Digital Making INDN 252, INDN 341, INDN 342
Design for Future Technologies INDN 252, INDN 332, CCDN 344 or CCDN 242
 

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Degree Example-Media Design

Year 1 Courses Points
DSDN 101 Design Visualisation
15
DSDN 111 Ideas and Principles of Design 15
DSDN 112 Introduction to Interaction Design 15
DSDN 142 Creative Coding 15
DSDN 171 Design in Context 15
WRIT 101 Writing English or WRIT 151 Academic Writing in ESL - English as a Second Language* 15
Elective courses or courses for a minor to the total value of 30
Total points for first year Media Design 120
First-year requirement:

*A student with 14 level 3 NCEA credits in English, History, Art History, Classics, Geography or Economics may substitute the WRIT requirement with any 100-level elective course.

Year 2 Courses Points
CCDN 271 Design as Inquiry 20
Select three courses from MDDN 200-299 60
Elective courses to the total value of 40
Total points for second-year Media Design 120
Year 3 courses Points
Select three courses from MDDN 300-399  60
One course from DSDN/CCDN/INDN 300-399 20
Elective courses to the total value of* 40
Total points for third year Media Design 120

Total points 360

*Must include one BDI course.

Media Design Specialisations 

Specialisation Courses
Game Design DSDN 132, MDDN 241, MDDN 243, MDDN 343
Interactive Design MDDN 251, either MDDN 201 or MDDN 242, either MDDN 351 or MDDN 352
3D Design and Animation DSDN 132, MDDN 211, MDDN 241, MDDN 311
Computer Graphics DSDN 132, MDDN 211, MDDN 241, MDDN 242, MDDN 311, MDDN 342
Video Design DSDN 132, DSDN 144, CCDN 244, MDDN 211, MDDN 314, MDDN 311