Welcome Design Innovation students

Read a welcome message from Dan Scudder, the Programme Lead for First Year Design.

Tena koutou katoa.

Welcome to the School of Design and Innovation for your first trimester. Ahead of you is a long journey of creativity, and in your first year we will help you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Our entire First Year programme is designed to give you the flexibility to explore the various forms of design we specialise in. From Fashion to Communication Design, Industrial to Animation Design—you can pick and choose from a range of first-year courses to help you find your calling.

Design as a practice embraces creativity, play, and care for each other and the world around us. Once you walk into your first lecture, you become a member of our whānau and the staff here will support you as best we can.

This is the year where you not only learn key skills to give you the best opportunity to find a career, but also where you can discover who you are as a designer. Your values, place, and history make you unique. This year is your time to make change and to design your own story.

Ngā mihi and be creative.

Dan Scudder

Programme Lead – First Year Design

Teaching Fellow/Coordinator
School of Design Innovation