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Otago Polytechnic - master-of-design


Master of Design


Master of Design


Dur ation One year full-time; three years part-time Bachelor of Design (Honours) or PgDiploma
Deliver y Blended; self-managed study and meetings with your supervisor in Design at level 8 with overall grade of B+
(75%) in Design Research Methods and
Applied Design Project 2 or equivalent
postgrad qualification of 120 credits in a
related area, and a physical or digital
portfolio demonstrating depth of
engagement with creative work.

Level 9 More information about entry to this
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This qualification of excellence allows you to develop a significant body of scholarly creative Student Fees $6,966 $6,966
work which is presented in a public forum and supported by an exegesis or equivalent.
Alternatively, you can complete this programme through a thesis which could form the basis of Government $12,857 $12,857
academic journal articles. tuition subsidy

The work will respond to societal needs, address sustainability from multiple perspectives, and Total $19,823 $19,823
be positioned within a wider framework of academic and applied research.
Graduates of this qualification will be well-prepared for doctoral-level study, an academic STUDENT LOAN INFORMATION StudyLink
career or a lead design or design management role.

 Fee information STUDENT SUCCESS
Successful course completions N/A
The tuition fees shown in the right-hand column are part of the Government’s Key Information for
Students (KIS). This data is pulled from a database that the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) NATIONAL GRADUATE OUTCOMES
control. It is based on an average fee from the previous year. (3 YEARS AFTER COMPLETION)

This means there is always a difference between the TEC/KIS fee shown and Otago Median earnings $57,829
Polytechnic’s current indicative fee (other reasons also affect the KIS data such as fee reductions for Earnings range N/A-N/A
students granted Recognition of Prior Learning). Due to this, the indicative fee below is the best guide In employment N/A
for prospective students.

> Domestic fee: $7,622 though you may be eligible for Fees Free In further study N/A

Information about compulsory student services levy > On a benefit N/A

Please note : The KIS data only ap p lies to d omestic stud ents. Up-to-date international Note: All KIS information is the most recent
student fees can be found by clicking the International tab in the top right corner of this page. available relating to domestic students only.

 Why study postgraduate design? Click here for more information about the
Key Information For Students 
> Acquire a clear, critical sense of the roles and functions of design within a local, national and
global context.

> Engage in research for design, research about design and research through design,

allowing you to address the complex and contested issue of sustainability from cultural,
social, environmental and economic perspectives to meet both current and anticipated
future needs, and
> Gain transferable skills enabling you to work as a design professional, to think laterally, to
take risks, to problem solve and to work effectively as a team member.

 Why should you study with us?

> Employers love our design graduates as they are industry-ready, innovative and hard
wor king.

> We offer a boutique learning environment; small classes mean your lecturers know you by
name and can support you to develop your own ‘design identity’.

> You will benefit from the expertise of award-winning staff and leading industry researchers.
> You will have access to exhibitions and international competitions to showcase your

cr eativity.
> Local, national and international collaboration and partnerships are at the heart of our

learning philosophy.
> We have extensive industry connections and strong links with international design networks

including the Cumulus Association and The Designers Accord.
> Our acclaimed programmes are full of individual, team and interdisciplinary learning

oppor tunities.
> You will enjoy studio-based learning with access to specialised equipment and spaces.
> And, you will have access to support and business start-up advice through the Dunedin

Fashion Incubator (Dfi).

 Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are:

> The Bachelor of Design (Honours) at Level 8 OR the Postgraduate Diploma in Design at Level
8 with an overall grade of B+ (75%) in Design Research Methods and Applied Design Project
2 OR an equivalent postgraduate qualification of 120 credits in a related area. Please send
us certified copies of your undergraduate degree transcript and other relevant

> A physical or digital portfolio which demonstrates a depth of engagement with creative work
relevant to your field. Please see below for more information.

> Exceptional applicants not meeting the entry requirements but with appropriate documented
professional experience may also be considered.

> International applicants must demonstrate that they have equivalent
experience/qualifications as domestic applicants. Click here for your country’s equivalent
academic entry requirements.

International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa
decline rate of more than 20%

> You must demonstrate English language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic)
of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0, OR

> You must demonstrate a score from an internationally-recognised test equivalent to the
required IELTS level.

> This score must come from one test taken in the preceding two years.

Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries
with a visa decline rate of less than 20%

> You must demonstrate English language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic)
of 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0.

> You can provide an NZQA-approved English proficiency test to do so.

View visa decline rates by country here.

Other requirements

> We may decide that you need to undertake an interview and/or entry task. We'll contact you
if this is necessary.

 Portfolio information

You need to provide a portfolio to support your application consisting of:

> current and recent examples of work that demonstrate your creative ability and depth of
engagement in your proposed field of research

> a letter of introduction which explains why you have chosen to apply for this programme at
Otago Polytechnic

> names and contact details of two referees, and
> an initial proposal (maximum 1500 words) that outlines a project focus for the Master of

Desi gn .

This proposal should address the following questions :

> What is your project? - this needs to be a clear description of a product, service or other
design outcome that your project is based on

> Why is your project relevant? - i.e. what change will it bring about, what problem will it solve,
what issue will it address?

> Who are your customers/who is your audience?
> What is your field of research and how is your project situated within this field? - please cite

academic references here (this section should be around 300 words)
> What research methods do you intend to use?
> How will you achieve the proposed outcome? - i.e. what is your process?

Please forward your digital portfolio to [email protected]

We look forward to receiving your application- once received, we will endeavor to process it within 15
working days.

 Selection procedure

An interview panel consisting of the Postgraduate Coordinator and relevant postgraduate supervisors
will interview and select applicants. Where there are more applicants than places, candidates will be
prioritised on the basis of:

> strength of academic record
> breadth and depth of their portfolio
> an entry task that validates existing skills and knowledge.

Applicants who do not meet the entry or selection criteria will be directed to a path of study to help
prepare them for application in the future.

 Additional costs

You will be expected to meet the cost of project materials but will receive financial support for
publication of your exegesis or thesis.

 You will study

This one-year, full-time programme is comprised of one Level 9 course worth 120 credits.

Integrated Body of Creative Work (Option one) OR Thesis (Option two)

You will undertake a significant body of independent research as an integrated body of creative work
supported by an exegesis or equivalent (Option one) OR an individual research thesis (Option two).
The purpose of this research is to demonstrate systematic engagement with contemporary and critical
thinking in your chosen field, to demonstrate mastery of theoretically-sophisticated knowledge and
specialised skills and to confidently articulate the impact and contribution of your work in a wider

 Your workload

You will be expected to work independently but will meet regularly with your supervisor.

 Further study options

Successful completion of this qualification will prepare you for further postgraduate study at doctoral
level, an academic career or a lead design or design management role.

 Student loans and allowances

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances
(dependent on age and financial circumstances.) Please contact Studylink for additional information.
Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit:

Recognition of prior learning

 Recognition of Prior Learning including Cross Credit or Credit Transfer are not available for this

programme. Advanced standing is also not available for this programme.

 Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to
amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are
indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on
the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may
from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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