Bachelor of Design (Honours)

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Graphic Arts and Design Studies

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are
1. The Bachelor of Design (discipline endorsed) Level 7, or an equivalent qualification at bachelor level or above with an overall grade of B+ (75%) or higher in final year level 7 courses.
2. Commencement of the honours study must occur within five years of the successful completion of the undergraduate degree. Exceptions require the approval of the postgraduate coordinator based on advice from the relevant academic leader and the supervisor.
3. International entrants must demonstrate that they have equivalent experience/qualifications as domestic entrants, and, for those whose first language is not English, must provide evidence of English language competence of IELTS academic band score of 6.5 (overall) with no individual band less than 6.0, or equivalent.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Bachelor of Design (Honours) provides students who have already achieved excellence in their undergraduate degree the opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of design research methods and professional design practices. Through advanced research and systematic engagement with contemporary thinking in their chosen field, they will develop an honours project which demonstrates research by design, addresses sustainability from multiple perspectives, is supported by a dissertation or equivalent, and presented in a public forum. Graduates will be prepared for further postgraduate study or employment in a design creative lead role.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Graphic and Design Studies at this level can earn:


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Contact details

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