Faculty of Architecture and Design

graduate diploma in design innovation

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Programme Overview

The GDipDI is a qualification enabling students to specialise at an advanced level in an area not included in their BDI. It may be used as a transitional qualification providing a pathway from a BDI to the Master of Design Innovation (MDI) in a specific area.

Our GDipDI is a combination of 200–300 level courses from our Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) degree and can be awarded in one of the undergraduate specialisations:

  • Culture+Context
  • Industrial Design or
  • Media Design

This qualification shares the same flexibility to tailor your course of study as the BDI. You can target areas for a chosen career path or that may frame the topic for your master's research in the MDI.


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

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Admission Requirements

Entry in the Graduate Diploma of Design Innovation (GDipDI) normally requires:

  • a completed Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and
  • acceptance by the Head of School of Design as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study.

The GDipDI or DE requires 120 points and is a one-year full-time or up to four years part-time programme of study.

Courses are chosen in consultation with a Student Adviser and relevant academic to ensure it meets the requirements and includes any prerequisites needed for intended subsequent postgraduate study.

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Diploma Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Design Innovation (GDipDI) requires a total of 120 points.

Note: You will need to arrange a time to meet with one of our Student Advisers to discuss the course requirements for each specialisation as there are a number of compulsory courses and additional elective courses you will need to select.

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How to Find out More

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

  • admission
  • qualifications and courses
  • course advice and selection criteria
  • exemptions and perquisites
  • your application to study.

This graduate 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
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