Master of User Experience Design

The MUXD is a Wellington ICT Graduate School programme delivered by the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington.

User experience design is one of the largest growing design fields that addresses all aspects of user experience from understanding the identity of the users to the creation of the designs they interact with. User experience designers work across digital and physical media to improve the overall experience of design. User experience designers are skilled researchers, critical and creative thinkers, effective communicators and expert design pratitioners.

The Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) is a one-year, full-time, 180 point master’s degree. It is aimed at industry professionals and/or recent graduates without an undergraduate qualification in media design, i.e. a conversion master’s degree.

The degree will build on the relevant skills these students have developed during their professional careers and/or undergraduate university study, such as problem solving, critical thinking and verbal and written communication.

The programme starts in July each year.

Who should apply?

This qualification is intended for recent graduates with non-design degrees and/ or industry professionals wishing to enter the Interaction Design (IX) or User Experience (UX) fields from another discipline or profession.

Applicants should have an appropriate undergraduate degree with at least a B-average, although consideration may also be given for relevant job experience.

Who will be teaching you?

School of Design staff:

Catherine Caudwell

David Hakaraia

Raqi Syed

We also have high calibre collaborations with industry directly involved with our teaching:

Kah Chan

Kah Chan
Kah Chan.

Kah is the Head of Product Design for the electricity retail start up Flick Electric Co. At Flick, Kah works at the intersection of technology, marketing and product design to deliver delightful user experiences for Flick customers (and prospective customers) to engage them with their day to day energy consumption habits. Sometimes it feels like he’s spent his entire adult life starting up, working around, mentoring or working for start-ups of various scales.

This marks a return of sorts to teaching for Kah. He was previously a Senior Lecturer with the School of Design, where he co-led a collaborative research initiative in digital healthcare utilising game design and industrial design.

Kah will be delivering MDDN 414: User Experience Design Practice. Where you'll explore techniques common to user experience (UX) design, such as: persona development, case study analysis, user interface design, rapid visualisation and prototyping. Students will also become adept at using the industry standard tools and techniques of UX design.

Cheryl Gallaway

Serdar Aydin
Cheryl Gallaway.

Cheryl is a Designer with over 15 years of design industry experience, specialising in Visual Design with a focus on User Experience. Most recently Cheryl led the design team at Madgex, in Brighton. The Madgex digital products power the job boards of over 500 brands, in multiple languages to clients in 14 countries, relied upon by the world's leading media brands including The Guardian, Washington Post, The Economist and FT.com . Cheryl has presented her work at the Brighton UX Careers Clinic, Spring Forward: a celebration of the role of women in digital culture, and the Brighton Digital Festival.

Prior to that she worked for nearly a decade in Amsterdam after graduating in London. Cheryl joined Solar Initiative leading the Interaction Design before being awarded a bursary to further develop her practice. It was after this she co-found the design studio Hexaplex. The studio worked in a vibrant creative network, paying particular attention to web design and the emerging field of user experience. Collaborating with NS/Dutch National Rail, The Royal Palace Amsterdam & Dutch Design Week.

Cheryl will be teaching MDDN 413: Graphic Design Practice

To learn more about Cheryl’s work visit cherylgallaway.com/design-ux/

Further information

For further information about the MUXD see the Wellington ICT Graduate School website

Enrol via our online enrolment system