Master of Design

Otago Polytechnic

Subject area

Graphic Arts and Design Studies

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Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are
1. 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.
2. Exceptional applicants not meeting the entry requirements but with appropriate documented professional experience may also be considered.
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?

Graduates of the Master of Design will demonstrate mastery of theoretically sophisticated subject matter through a body of scholarly creative work, which is presented in a public forum and supported by an exegesis or equivalent, or through a thesis, which could form the basis of scholarly journal articles. The work will respond to societal needs, address sustainability from multiple perspectives and be positioned within a wider framework of academic and applied research. This qualification prepares students for doctoral level study, an academic career or a lead design or design management 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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