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Bachelor of Design

Bachelor of Design with endorsements in: Fashion Design and Visual Communication


Course Details

  • Feb 2019
    Jul 2019
  • Three years
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $7149 per year
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees Free Policy
  • Level 7
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


The Bachelor of Design is for creatives who wish to solve real-world challenges, and become super-literate in new media, social technologies and design-thinking in the areas of visual communication or fashion.

The Bachelor of Design has two endorsements that you will choose from when you enrol: fashion or visual communication (graphic design).


Visual communication

You will develop skills in design and hone your eye for detail so you can masterfully bring your ideas to life. You’ll learn all you need to know, such as:

  • Web and interactive design, and animation and motion graphics 
  • Graphic design for print, package, and publication
  • Illustration
  • Brand identity development

You will gain practical and critical design skills, while keeping pace with current industry trends in this rapidly evolving industry. You’ll also be challenged to apply your skills to a variety of design situations as you learn while doing.

Fashion design

Our fashion endorsement is for creatives who want to work in the fast-paced fashion industry. You’ll learn all you need to know, such as:

  • Garment construction and pattern making
  • Production, sourcing and marketing
  • Trend forecasting
  • Business for fashion
We will guide you to develop your communication, design and technical skills while generating creative approaches for commercial success. You will develop expertise across fashion design and manufacturing while recognising global trends and ethical issues. 

How you'll learn

Project zones

Project-based learning is at the heart of what you’ll do. Each term you'll do a bunch of structured learning with your tutors and in the last four weeks of the term you'll get to apply your learning to a project, we call this time ‘project zones’. The project zones also provide opportunities for you to collaborate with students across the creative disciplines of Media Arts: Music and Performing Arts, Design (Visual Communication), Design (Fashion) and Contemporary Art.   

Classrooms for creatives

You’ll be with us Monday-Thursday, spending the majority of your time in a ‘design studio or fashion workroom’ environment, alongside your peers. This time is structured so you can find your rōpū (group) and build your creative network, replicating the environment you’ll work in post-study but also allowing you the time and space to explore and make a mess. You’ll also have 24-hour access to our studios and workshops, so you can work whenever inspiration hits.

Specialists and mentors

You’ll get a backstage pass to our events, industry talks, gallery exhibitions, festival week and performances. These enhance our teaching programme and provide conversations to provoke challenge and inspire, that will not only fuel your progress, but will connect you with experts that will help launch your creative career.

Internships and industry

By the time you reach third year, you’ll still have omen specialised learning, however you’ll springboard off our connections and will be ready to move into a robust internship program that takes up the last six months of your final year with us. This sets you up with real on-the-job experiences as you launch your creative career. 

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What you'll learn

In the first year of the Bachelor of Communication, you will take three core modules:

  • Design Craft: Develop your specialised skills 
  • Critical Methods: Understand the arts and cultural word
  • Professional Practice: Learn the ways of industry

To complement, you'll add two electives of your choice so you can broaden your creative toolkit, such as the fundamentals in sound, contemporary art, or photography, with more options to choose from. 

These electives will give you a secure grounding in the technical, theoretical, and professional skills, while also exposing you to broader ideas about the arts and the cultural world around you.


Note: No value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Craft and core modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
DSGN501Design Craft 1560  
DSGN601Design Craft 2660 DSGN501 
DSGN701Design Craft 3730 DSGN601 
CRIT501Critical Methods 1515  
CRIT601​Critical Methods 2615  
PROF501Professional Practice 1515  
PROF601Professional Practice 2615  
PROF701Professional Practice 3730  


Project modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
CRTV701​Research Methods715CRIT601 
CRTV702​Freelance Project715

COMM601 or 


CRTV703Capstone Project715

COMM701 or




Elective modules:

Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
DSGN502​CMS Web Publishing515  
CRTV501​Creative Special Topic 1515  
CRTV502Creative Special Topic 2515  
BMAXX100Moving Image: An Introduction515  
BMA0X150Photography: An Introduction515  
BMA0X160Painting and Sculpture: An Introduction 515  
BMALX142Storytelling, Myth & Ritual515  
BMALX110BHistory and Theory in visual Art and Design 515  
BMALX179Interpreting Visual Culture515  
BMAVX104Printmaking 2 Screen Printing515  
MAPA502Sound Fundamentals515  
MAPA503Lighting Fundamentals515  
BMAVX212Textile Design515  
BMAYX202Creative Writing Workshop615  
BMA0P230Technical Workshop615  
BMAVX284Drawing Through the Camera615  
SCRN502Screen Fundamentals515  
SCRN503Screen Technology One515SCRN502 
JOUR505Media Law and Context515  
BMA0G210Illustration, Concept Media615BMA0X150 

Or other modules and packages of learning as agreed to by the designated Media Arts staff.


Module CodeModule TitleLevelCreditsPre-RequisitesCo-Requisites
DFNZ701​Design Factory 1730  

The 30 credit module DFNZ701: Design Factory 1 can be offered as an option within any Wintec degree programme, wherever the degree programme structures allows such an option.  Admission into the Design Factory module is on negotiation with the Centre Director or delegated authority and selection into the module is in line with the Design Factory process.

Career/further opportunities

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Motion graphics 
  • Fashion designer 
  • Stylist 
  • Teacher
  • Fashion buyer
  • Art director
  • Content developer

You will be qualified to work in a range of communication, media and creative related roles. And as a graduate of this programme you will have developed transferable skills and professional attributes that will position you for many other jobs. You will have the skills to work collaboratively and creatively within the increasingly complex and dynamic creative industries. 

Graduates of the Bachelor of Design are positioned to pathway into postgraduate programmes at Wintec such as the Bachelor of Media Arts with Honours and Master of Arts.

Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from the class schedule and workload?

Expect to spend about 26 hours a week in scheduled classes. Some of these will be on campus, but you’ll also spend time on industry visits and working on client projects.

How much time outside of class will I need to spend on study?

You’re expected to do another 14 hours of independent learning on top of classes - in total the mix of class time and independent study should add up to about 40 hours per week.

What opportunities will I get to work on industry projects?

There are four project zones per year, during which you’ll work for up to three weeks with an industry or community partner on a cross-disciplinary project. You’ll also do a work placement in second year and a major internship in your third year.

Undergraduate, semester, pathway, module and cross-disciplinary - what do these words mean?

Undergraduate means any study up to the level of completing a bachelor degree. Our academic year is made up of two main semesters, one from February to June and the other from July to November. We also have a summer semester for some classes. A degree is made up of a mix of compulsory and elective modules, modules are worth between 15 and 60 credits. A year’s worth of full time study is 120 credits. 

Entry Criteria

General Academic Admission

a) Candidates are required to have:
  i. NCEA Level 3 comprised of 60 credits at NCEA Level 3 or above and 20 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above, including:
    (1) 14 credits each at NCEA Level 3 in three approved subjects, including a Language Rich; and
    (2) Literacy (10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or above made up of 5 credits each in reading and writing); and
    (3) Numeracy (10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or above); or
 ii. A relevant level 4 qualification; or
 iii. Equivalent.

b) In exceptional cases, candidates with 60 credits at NCEA Level 2 across four subjects including 12 credits in a Language Rich subject, or equivalent, will be considered.

Special Admission

Domestic applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success4 may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introductory programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Provisional Entry

Domestic applicants aged under 20 years who have not met the general academic admission and entry criteria for a programme but who can demonstrate a reasonable chance of success through other educational attainment and/or work or life experience may be eligible for provisional entry at the discretion of the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee. Provisional entry places restrictions on re-enrolment to be lifted if the applicant’s performance is deemed satisfactory by the relevant Head of School/Centre Director or designated nominee.

Selection Criteria

a) Where there are more applicants than the number of places available, selection will be determined on the basis of the candidate’s application and submitted portfolio work.
b) An interview and written language test may also be required as part of the selection process.

English Language Requirements

a) Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5; or,
b) Equivalent.

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Your First Day

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What you will need

Timetable information

All timetables are available via Timetable Net on our website.

How to find your way around

Wintec Pōwhiri/Nau mai, haere mai

Wintec extends a warm invitation to all new students to attend a Pōwhiri to welcome the semester ahead. After formalities, light refreshments will be served in the marae dining room, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa, Wintec City Campus.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

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Clinical placement

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