Design does more than shape our material culture and social interactions. It interrogates the status quo and probes the pathways of culture from our ancient origins through to our emerging future.

Our research expertise and focus on design innovation means we can give you an edge in your design career. Industry collaboration and research opportunities at the School of Design Innovation can take you into unexpected roles both nationally and internationally.


Aspire to be a leader in the vital and growing fields of design. Learn to see the nuances of good design and become a creative virtuoso—gaining the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful designer.

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Available subjects

  • Animation and Visual Effects
  • Communication Design
  • Design for Social Innovation
  • Design Technology
  • Fashion Design Technology
  • Game Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Media Design
  • User Experience Design
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Download the handbook

Find out more about your study options in our Bachelor of Design Innovation handbook.

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Student Work Showcase

Showcase of an impressive range of talent by students across the different year levels from the Te Wāhanga Waihanga-Hoahoa—Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation.

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Student work by Florence Fox, Design for Social Innovation major in the Bachelor of Design Innovation.
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First step—Te kuhunga ki te ara poutama

If you're starting your first year studying Architecture or Design, we have heaps of helpful information to get you on your way.

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Wēta FX MDT Scholarship

A full-tuition scholarship for the Master of Design Technology from one of the world's leading visual effects studios.

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Game Design

Game Design introduces students to the key concepts of game design and to exploring varied skills of game development.

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Future Designers

Show off your creativity with a community of up-and-coming designers at secondary schools across New Zealand.

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Interaction Design

Studying Interaction Design, you’ll learn how to create physical and digital systems and interfaces that improve aspects of human life.

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Design News

Keep up to date with the latest news and research developments from School of Design Innovation.

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