People working and networking at Design Factory NZ

Learning opportunities

What we offer

Design Factory NZ offers a wide range of learning experiences for both students seeking to prepare for the future workplace, and employers looking for high-quality professional development or post-graduate study options for themselves and their teams.

These include:

Single module learning

  • Design Factory 1 Our flagship semester-long course designed for Level 7 Wintec students from across all centres that offer degree or graduate diploma programmes

Postgraduate study

Short courses

  • D1 Design Dash Our three-hour design sprint to offer a fast-paced problem-solving experience for teams and employees.
  • D2 Deep Dive Our two-day immersive experience providing a curated design journey for a business or organisation

Design Factory 1

Students are placed in multi-disciplinary teams, working alongside learners specialising in engineering, business, IT, sports & human performance, graphic design, media arts - and more. We provide industry partners (such as Opus International, Hamilton City Council, and Habitat for Humanity), who share one of their wicked problems with the student teams. 

And from there - it’s action!

Surrounded by our experienced coaches and facilitators, our students are taught the skills of co-creation, and guided in applying their new learning on their complex problem. Empathy interviews, customer journeys, ideation, prototyping, user-testing, collaboration - and a whole lot more. 

At the end of our fifteen week, 30-credit program, our student groups present their final proof-of-concept solutions at our Design Factory Gala - a celebration event featuring their industry partners, alumni, local business leaders and more.

Joining Design Factory provides students with a unique opportunity to work in new ways, prototype solutions to problems they will not have encountered in their studies - and develop their soft skills of creativity, empathy and communication - in preparation for the workplace of the future.
Sarajane talks about her Design Factory NZ experience.
Akhil is a Mechanical Engineering student and was one of our 2018 Design Factory NZ participants. 

Student interview Caitlynn Wendt

Why did you get involved in the design course?

I’ve always wanted to do things that were different, that would make a real difference. When I first heard about the Wintec Design Hub, I liked that it was inter-disciplinary and completely new. I knew It was a rare opportunity that I couldn’t say no to. 

What did you personally get out of it?

I’ve grown so much through Design Factory NZ. It’s introduced me to a whole new way of thinking, with techniques and processes that can be applied anywhere. 

Design Factory NZ has given me the confidence to approach industry professionals, and the passion to believe in myself. There are so many endless opportunities through the Design Hub. 

I aspire to take on leadership roles within the community, and be a voice for my generation. Without Design Factory NZ, I wouldn’t have built the confidence to pursue this passion. Personally, and professionally, it’s been the best choice I’ve made.

How beneficial do you think this will be for Wintec as a whole moving forward?

This is an extraordinary opportunity for Wintec. They already have such a good reputation. Being a part of the Design Factory Global Network shows Wintec’s willingness to try new approaches to learning. This opens so many doors to Wintec’s future. 

Caitlynn Wendt

D1: Design Dash

Concentrated. High-speed. Experiential. A design thinking primer at pace.

The Design Dash is a three-hour fast-paced experience providing a design experience created to introduce you and your team to the basics of problem solving.

We provide the challenge, the facilitation and all the resources you’ll need – you turn up ready to go!

Empowering, energising and proudly educational, the Design Dash will give you a valuable experience of how powerful Design Thinking is, and will inspire you to consider how you can begin to introduce co-creation to your context.

Created for organisations seeking to upskill their problem-solving and design thinking skills, the Design Dash provides a curated design engagement directly applicable to your business context.

Over the course of the Design Dash, you will:
  • Experience a stripped-down Design Sprint;
  • Have an opportunity to reflect how this can benefit your business;
  • Empower employees for change;
  • Laugh. A. Lot.
We have delivered Design Dashes for local government, students, nusinesses and non-profits in the Waikato region.

Typical fee: $2000 + GST (max. 18 people, incl. lunch, morning and afternoon tea)

Contact: Margi.Moore@wintec.ac.nz or designfactorynz@wintec.ac.nz

D2: Deep Dive

A multi-day design experience for business leaders and teams.

The Deep Dive is a two-day immersive experience offering a deeper understanding of co-creation and human-centred design. 

Created for organisations seeking to upskill their problem-solving and design thinking skills, the Deep Dive provides a curated design engagement directly applicable to your business context.

Over the course of the Deep Dive, you will:

  • Experience a full Design Sprint;
  • Understand how Design Thinking can be applied to your business challenges and context;
  • Discover a range of practical tools for help with organisational problem solving;
  • Unlock new possibilities for your organisation to explore.
We have designed Deep Dives for educators, local government, business product development, not for profits, and business cultural transformation.

Typical fee: $8000 + GST (max. 18 participants, incl. all lunches, morning and afternoon tea)

Contact: Margi.Moore@wintec.ac.nz or designfactorynz@wintec.ac.nz.