Design Innovation

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

This subject is taught by the School of Design.


Design is all around us. It influences and reflects the way we experience the world. New designers must be able to plan, initiate and execute major innovations. They will shape a new generation of products, systems and environments and enhance our lives.

Victoria's School of Design offers students a range of courses that complement various degree programmes offered by the University. If you are interested in design but do not want to commit to the intensive Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) degree programme, most of Victoria's Bachelor's degrees allow some design courses to be included in your programme of study.

Our range of elective courses challenge students to use their imagination and lateral thinking to translate critical design issues such as:

  • composition
  • aesthetics
  • identity
  • meaning
  • perception sensitivity to context
  • response to needs and poetic interpretation into innovative design concepts.

You will develop fundamental design skills such as drawing, visualising, modelling and documenting design concepts both physically and in virtual form, and gain an understanding of principles of the design discipline, as well as the ability to establish connections between design theory, design history and design practice and put them into practice.

For more detailed information on these programmes, see the School of Design website.

Postgraduate information

Please visit our postgraduate study pages on the School of Design website for information about postgraduate qualifications in Design.

How to find out more

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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.

List of courses

All courses are taught at Victoria's Te Aro Campus.

Please note: the list of courses displays undergraduate– and postgraduate–level courses for this subject.

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