Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa - Bachelor of Design - Art & Design (2023)

Minimum entry requirements

  • University Entrance
  • Portfolio of creative and design work

Portfolio guidelines: Applying to study art and design

International student entry requirements

Preferential entry

You may be eligible for preferential entry if:

  • You are a current Year 13 student at a NZ secondary school, and
  • You have achieved NCEA Level 2 with Excellence endorsement overall and with an Excellence endorsement in one or more approved art, design or technology subjects, or
  • You have achieved an A grade in three subjects at AS level, and an A or B AS grade in one or more approved art, design or technology subjects in the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE).

This means you won’t need to submit a portfolio of creative or design work. If you believe you are eligible for preferential entry, apply online and submit your application without a portfolio.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

Useful New Zealand school subjects

Classical Studies, Computing, Construction and Mechanical Technologies, Design (Practical Art), Design and Visual Communication, Digital Technologies or Hangarau Matihiko, English, Geography, Hangarau, Hauora, Health, History, History of Art, Mathematics/Pāngarau, Media Studies, Music Studies, Ngā Mahi a Rēhia, Ngā Toi, Ngā Toi Ataata, Ngā Toi Puoro, Painting (Practical Art), Pāngarau, Photography (Practical Art), Physics, Printmaking (Practical Art), Processing Technologies, Psychology, Pūtaiao/Science, Sculpture (Practical Art), Technology/Hangarau, Te Ao Haka, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira, Technology, Visual Arts

Don’t meet the entry requirements?

Consider starting with Tītohu mō te Hoahoa - Diploma in Design.

Tītohu mō te Hoahoa - Diploma in Design

Transferring to AUT (recognition of prior learning)

You may be eligible to enter Year 2 or Year 3 of our design degree if you have completed all or part of a design or visual arts degree at another approved tertiary institution. Applications for cross-credits will normally be assessed after you receive an offer of place for Te Tohu Paetahi mō te Hoahoa - Bachelor of Design.

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To help you develop a broad range of skills, you'll study:

  • Core design practice courses (120 points)
  • A major (120 points)
  • And one of the following
    • A second major (120 points); or
    • One minor and electives (120 points); or
    • Two minors (60 points each)

Year 1

You complete three core design practice courses, followed by the first design practice course in your major, developing practical skills and a sound understanding of your chosen area of design. You also take the first design practice course from a second major or begin with the first courses in your chosen minors.

Year 2

Build on what you've learnt in Year 1 and specialise further in your major(s) and minor(s), developing specific technical skills, and an understanding of design practice processes and theories.

Year 3

At the heart of Year 3 is your final-year integrated design practice project. You may also have the opportunity to exhibit your work at the AUT Art & Design Festival.

You can study the following minors when you are enrolled in AUT’s design or visual arts degree:

  • Animated Drawing
  • Cinematic Arts
  • Contemporary Pacific
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Design for Health
  • Design for Social and Environmental Justice
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Experimental Surface Design
  • Extended Reality
  • In Print: Publishing Practices
  • Motion Capture
  • Photographic Practice
  • Temporary Practices/Temporary Publics
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Animated Drawing

Explore the process and materiality of animated drawing as a means for ideation and creative expression.

The minor has a studio lab component where you'll examine different animated drawing practices, including life drawing, and produce short animated films, installations, motion graphics, comics, graphic novels and picture books.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN540 Introduction to Drawing, Motion and Animation
  • ARDN640 Drawing and Storytelling
  • ARDN641 Drawing for Motion
  • ARDN740 Animated Drawing Project

Cinematic Arts

Discover the possibilities of filmmaking through analogue and digital cinematography, sound recording and audio design, editing and post-production, storytelling and industry workflow, to make a short narrative, experimental or documentary film.

Courses are delivered over one semesterfor each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN501 The Fundamentals of Filmmaking
  • ARDN603 Cinematic Process
  • ARDN604 Film Preproduction
  • ARDN701 Film Production

Contemporary Pacific

Develop your creative practice drawing on contemporary and traditional Pacific concepts, contexts and material culture. Pacific concepts and stories are explored in relation to pattern, movement, and spatial systems.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN514 Pattern Systems
  • ARDN629 Movement Systems
  • ARDN630 Spatial Systems
  • ARDN714 Contemporary Pacific Project

Creative Entrepreneurship

Build your creative business confidence and capability by combining your creative strengths with business skills and understandings to transform your ideas and concepts for the future.

Courses are delivered over one semesterfor each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

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Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from courses listed below with at least 15 points at level 6

Level 5 courses

  • ARDN502 Introduction to Creative Business
  • ENTR501 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • MKTG501 Marketing Insights

Students usually take ARDN502 in their first year, and one of the other two level 5 courses listed above in their second year of study.

Level 6 courses

  • DESN600 Design Thinking Practices
  • DESN601 Strategic Design

Level 7 course

  • ARDN702 Creative Entrepreneurial Project

Design for Health

Tomorrow's health and wellbeing will be driven by those who can apply creative and practical problem-solving skills to complex problems. This minor offers a fresh perspective through collaborative and cooperative tools, skills and mindsets. You'll design for positive social impact and lead transformative change in health and wellbeing.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • DESN513 Healthy Futures: Good Health Design
  • DESN613 Designing with Care
  • DESN614 Design for Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • DESN713 Reimagining the Future of Health Together

Design for Social and Environmental Justice

Discover how design can make a difference. Explore strategies for social innovation and environmental impact and how these can contribute to towards a more resilient, sustainable and just future.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN504 Introduction to Social and Environmental Justice
  • ARDN607 Design and Society
  • ARDN608 Design and Ecology
  • ARDN704 Applied Sustainable Design Project

Design Thinking

Design thinking is a mindset and set of creative methods that can be used to interrogate, understand and solve real-life business, social and environmental problems. You'll develop an understanding of the needs of the people you're designing for, experiment and explore creative ideas, and create design solutions.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

This minor is aimed at students who are interested in developing design thinking expertise to support their major discipline area.

Minor must include

60 points from courses listed below including DESN501 with at least 15 points at level 7

  • DESN501 Creativity and Design Thinking
  • DESN600 Design Thinking Practices
  • DESN604 Design Storytelling
  • DESN705 Designing Thinking Project
  • DESN706 Design Your Future

Digital Fabrication

Explore how digital fabrication can facilitate art and design creative practices, through the utilisation and application of a range of current and emergent technologies.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

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Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN505 Digital Foundations
  • ARDN609 Emergent Origins
  • ARDN610 Remediating Emergence
  • ARDN705 Digital Fabrication Project

Experimental Surface Design

Get involved in the experimental development of surface practice across a range of disciplines and potential applications. This minor emphasises the importance of learning through making and the relationship between the maker, the materials, the process of making and the work.

Students develop conceptual and technical surface design knowledge through applied materials practice.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you'll study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN517 Material Processes
  • ARDN633 Towards Tactility (From 2024)
  • ARDN634 Dynamics of Scale
  • ARDN717 Contextual Resolution

Extended Reality

Explore extended reality technologies - XR, VR, AR and MR - as tools for design and ideation for creating immersive user experiences across a range of design and creative practices.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN541 Introduction to Extended Reality
  • ARDN642 Journeys in Extended Reality
  • ARDN643 Embodiment in Extended Reality
  • ARDN741 Extended Reality Project

In Print: Publishing Practices

Experiment with traditional and contemporary publishing practices using a range of media, conventions and technologies. Explore and design with text and image to develop personal, professional and community voices through the published artefact.

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN542 Finding Your Own Voice: Establishing Publication Practices
  • ARDN644 Making Voice Visible
  • ARDN645 The Collective Voice
  • ARDN742 The Self-Published Voice

Motion Capture

Explore motion capture (mocap) technology that records human movement as 3D data for use in a range of design and creative disciplines.

Courses are delivered over one semesterfor each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

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Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • DIGD506 Introduction to Motion Capture
  • DIGD605 Visualising Motion Capture
  • DIGD606 Performance Capture
  • DIGD707 Motion Capture Project

Photographic Practice

Discover visual conventions and develop technical competencies to include DSLR camera fundamentals, exposure and lighting control, composition principles and image making strategies for project outcomes.

Courses are delivered over one semesterfor each course and are worth 15 points each. You'll need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN516 The Photographic Image
  • ARDN631 The Interpreted Image
  • ARDN632 The Manipulated Image
  • ARDN716 The Directed Image

Temporary Practices/Temporary Publics

As artists and designers, we are interested inpractising by making – doing projects that have currency and real-world capacity. We work through ideas of site, collaboration and publication in order to create events. Temporary Practices is an experimental, creative field of making. This minor supports the development of work across a range of disciplines and potential applications by using AUT facilities (3D Lab, WetLab, Bindery, Risograph printer).

Courses are delivered over one semester for each course and are worth 15 points each. You will need to complete 60 points for the entire minor. In each year, you will study and complete core compulsory courses alongside studio and specialist courses in the minor that you have selected.

Enrolment in this minor is subject to approval from the Art & Design Minors, Head of Department.

Available as a minor only.

Minor must include

60 points from the following courses:

  • ARDN511 The Traveller: Site-Related Practices
  • ARDN621 The Collaborator: Collaborative Practices
  • ARDN622 The Distributor: Publication Practices
  • ARDN711 The Organiser: Event-based Practices

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Add an additional major or a minor to your bachelor’s degree and study another area that interests you. You can choose from a wide range of additional majors or minors.

Additional majors and minors for bachelor’s degrees

Broaden your options by studying double degrees

Double degrees double your knowledge and opportunities but don't necessarily take double the time to complete. If you study double degrees, you apply for and enrol separately in each of the two degrees. If you’re considering doing this, please seek course advice to discuss your plans. You may be able to cross-credit relevant courses from one degree to the other, although the number of cross-credits will vary depending on the degree combinations. Double degrees may be completed either one after the other or concurrently.

Double degree study options - study design and:

Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of Arts programme information

Bachelor of Business

  • Bachelor of Business programme information
  • Download degree structure for this double degree

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study will open up even more career opportunities for you. A 18-months master's degree will enable you to specialise in and research a particular area within your chosen discipline.

Master of Design

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