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Visualising New Zealand Birdsong (DSDN 590): generative 3D forms created using the audio data of New Zealand Birdsong and Houdini.

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
  • Industrial Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Media Design
  • User Experience Design

Future Designers

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

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Cover of Baggy Pants and Butter Paper zine and portrait of Hamish Besley

Baggy Pants and Butter Paper

Take a peek into student life at our school. A series of designer interviews from Hamish Besley, a third-year communication design student.

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Miramar Creative Centre Grant

A monthly cash prize to the best project created utilising creative technologies and produced by a New Zealand artist.

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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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Weta Digital 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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  • Zach Dodson

    Podcast: Zach Dodson about creative writing process

    Associate Professor and lecturer in Communication Design Zach Dodson from the School of Design Innovation was interviewed for the 'I’m a Writer But' podcast by Lindsay Hunter and Alex Higley.

  • Emma van Asch

    Alumni profile—Emma van Asch

    Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) alumna Emma van Asch works in the public service as a user experience (UX) designer. She explains what she loves about working in the field of user experience, and how her time at Te Herenga Waka prepared her for the world of work.

  • Aerial shot of quarries, from Google Earth.

    Using Google Earth to highlight environmental degradation

    In 1972, Apollo 17 astronauts photographed Earth from 29,000 km away. The resulting so-called Blue Marble image helped galvanise the environmental movement, showing our planet as a fragile and interconnected system, explains Associate Professor Leon Gurevitch.

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Upcoming events

  • Wellington Zinefest 2021

    Two days of markets to celebrate the thriving self-publishing and zine scene here in Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

    Venue: Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation, 139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington