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Discover fashion & design courses in New Zealand

Studying fashion or design in New Zealand allows you to harness your creativity, take risks and break new ground.

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Why study fashion or design in New Zealand?

With four universities in the 2020 top 150 QS World University Rankings for art and design, the New Zealand education system gives you a head start in the competitive, fast-paced design world.

Whether you're studying fashion design, graphic design, industrial design or a related discipline, you'll be encouraged to think new, be innovative and challenge conventional design practice. You'll broaden your horizons with internships, competitions and exhibitions, and take a hands-on approach to using materials, processes and technologies.

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Expect to work hard and play hard when you study fashion or design in New Zealand. You'll be welcomed into the high-achieving, tight-knit design communities that contribute to our internationally-successful design sector.

In your downtime, discover the amazing natural environment of one of the world's most peaceful and least corrupt countries. New Zealand's wilderness is a spectacular adventure playground, and our lively, dynamic cities are buzzing with energy and creativity. You'll have freedom to create, and freedom to explore.

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Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you're studying abroad.

Student visa holders may be able to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during scheduled holidays, depending on their programme of study. Masters by research or PhD students may work full-time throughout their studies.

You can study up to three consecutive programmes over five years on a single Pathway Student Visa.

Find out more about working while studying on NauMai NZ website.

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Studying fashion or design in New Zealand gives you the internationally-recognised qualifications, real-world experience and industry-specific skills you'll need to forge your career in the design sector.

You'll study in small groups with expert leaders to gain practical experience of teamwork and meeting deadlines. Showcasing your work in shows, exhibitions and displays will help you build networks with design industry leaders.

Gain the capability skills that will give you a head start in the jobs market, including English language proficiency, punctuality, self-confidence, presentation skills, problem-solving, leadership and communication.

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Study pathway

New Zealand’s flexible education system lets you choose from professional postgraduate design qualifications to undergraduate degrees designed to give you design skills that complement a range of careers.



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Diploma in Interior Design
A Diploma in Interior Design gives you the technical and practical skills to turn interior design ideas into reality.
Bachelor of Design
A Bachelor of Design teaches you how to generate ideas, solve problems and develop innovative solutions in your chosen design discipline.
Graduate Diploma in Fashion
A Post Graduate Diploma in Fashion gives you further skills and knowledge in fashion and design, such as specialised pattern-making and construction techniques.
Postgraduate Certificate in Design - 1 Semester
A Postgraduate Certificate in Design deepens your understanding of design research methods and gives you experience of a professional design environment.
Master of Design
A Master of Design is an advanced research qualification that involves taking a challenging real-world design problem through to a well-constructed solution.
A PhD is the highest tertiary honour. It involves writing a thesis - a major piece of research - over three to five years.

Agradecimientos a Futureintech, que promociona carreras en tecnología, ingeniería y ciencia.

Jobs involving fashion or design include:

  • Fashion designers sketch designs, select fabrics and patterns, and give instructions on how to make the clothing, accessories or shoes they’ve created.
    Fashion designer
  • Graphic designers create visual communications, from logos to websites to museum displays.
    Graphic designer
  • Industrial designers develop concepts and designs for products ranging from cars to furniture to mobile phones.
    Industrial designer
  • Costume designers are responsible for designing costumes for films, theatre and TV, to help create the look and mood of a production.
    Costume designer
  • Textile designers design and make knitted, woven and printed fabrics ranging from clothing to upholstery.
    Textile designer

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