Explore the study options and course and career advice available at the School of Design Innovation.

The School of Design Innovation offers a full range of programmes whether you are looking for an introduction to design, a refresher course as professional development or a full research qualification.

Our Bachelor’s degrees are in Design for Social Innovation, Industrial Design and Media Design. The graduate diploma programme in Design Innovation is suitable for students with substantial work experience. Master’s degrees, postgraduate diplomas and the PhD programme have a substantial research component and suit those wanting professional qualifications in the design field.


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Choosing your courses

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Undergraduate study

The School of Design Innovation offers a Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) at undergraduate level.

Postgraduate study

The School of Design Innovation offers a range of postgraduate qualifications, including certificates, diplomas, Master’s programmes and PhD degrees.

Study and course advice

The School of Design Innovation has a Student Administration team available on campus for you to discuss your study options.

Student profiles

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Scholarships and awards

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Bachelor of Design Innovation

The Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) degree is a three-year programme of full-time study. You can specialise in one of three design disciplines and have the unique opportunity to combine study in design with a minor in another discipline such as Psychology, Anthropology, Māori or Pacific Studies, Writing, Film or Media Studies. This provides an opportunity to configure your course of study to suit your individual interests and intended career.

The degree comprises a shared first year programme that includes all majors within the BDI, where you will take a total of 120 points consisting of prescribed core courses and courses prescribed by your chosen minor or elective courses. Your first year will be followed by two years of specialised study in one of the following majors:

For more information please visit the Bachelor of Design Innovation (BDI) website.

Wellington Careers and Employment

Wellington Careers and Employment is the University's career specialist service. They host Careers in Focus seminars and Career Expos that allow you to explore career opportunities and establish networks. Wellington Careers is in contact with over 700 employers every year and many of these employers advertise part-time, holiday and graduate jobs on Victoria University of Wellington’s CareerHub.