Program Overview

The Postgraduate Certificate in Design (PGCertDes) provides you the opportunity to align with current design practices. Whether you have previously studied design or are new to the field, the PGCertDes introduces you to advanced design concepts and positions you to contribute meaningful and high-impact solutions.


It is possible to transfer to the Master of Design if you have achieved appropriately within the PGCertDes and wish to continue your studies.


AucklandNew Zealand

  Course Duration

6 Months

  Tuition Fee

NZ$ 23,376


IELTS: 6.5


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Programme structure

Over the course of your study, you will explore the research methodologies, practices and technologies that can be applied in advanced design solutions.

You’ll focus on the ways design can drive meaningful outcomes while considering the impact on society, the environment and economy.


DESIGN 700 (15 points)
DESIGN 701 (15 points)
DESIGN 702 (30 points)

PGCertDes students learn alongside Master of Design students in their first semester, to maximise engagement and knowledge sharing, and provide additional networks for future opportunities.

Programme requirements

Study option
60 points
Grade required
Grade Point Equivalent
An undergraduate degree

IELTS Academic
International English Language Testing System
Score required

Further programme requirements
Taught 60 points
You must have completed a Bachelors degree at a recognised university (or similar institution), with a grade point equivalent of 3.5.

2022 fees

Domestic students


International students

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. Fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $8.16 per point, estimated at $489.60 for full-time study (60 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment into courses.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

Where could this programme take you?

Graduates of the PGCertDes will emerge with a suite of advanced design capabilities that are increasingly sought after in the commercial and civic fields. You’ll be qualified in current design practices and ready to contribute solutions that are viable and sustainable in both the community and industry.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Creative director
  • Design researcher
  • Digital designer
  • Information designer
  • Interface designer
  • Product designer
  • Project leader
  • Service designer


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