Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Product and Furniture Design)

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7, 360 3.0
Full-time for three years
Starts February (July intake subject to interest)
30 places
Mt Albert campus
Semester dates for 2014:
Semester 1: 24 February - 27 June; Semester 2: 21 July - 21 November

NZ$5878 (Approximate fee only, find out more about the costs of study)

International fees

Programme summary

Learn how to develop products from concept to market – from electronic products and medical equipment, to furniture, homewares and garden tools. Produce prototypes from your own computer models, use the latest design software, and work in state-of-the-art CAD laboratories and workshops.

The world of designed products is rapidly changing. Contemporary designers must be capable of working on projects that vary from the single bespoke artefact, crafted by hand, to the mass-produced product, designed on-line and manufactured in a digital lab. In the Bachelor of Design and Visual Arts (Product and Furniture Design) you'll explore how to bring design products from concept to market. You'll be able to develop an applied practice focused upon the design of products from concept to market. You'll be able to develop an applied practice focused upon the design of products that are realistic, creative, market sensitive and designed with a sustainable future in mind. Learn about design sketching, 2D and 3D visualisation and modelling, computer-based simulation and animation, and consumer psychology. You will also explore the practice of leading New Zealand and international designers and makers, and the design methods used by global brands.


  • Recognised by industry leaders such as Scion, Design Mobel, Queensberry, Goode Industries and Criterion Group.
  • In your final year, work on an individual project, designing a product and developing a functioning prototype, computer model and design report.
  • A chance to work with the latest CAD software, experiment with new materials, carry out product testing and produce prototypes.
  • Guest speakers and international lecturers.
  • Access to well-equipped studios, CAD laboratories, workshops, photographic studios, machine shop, ergonomics lab and 3D digital production facilities.

In your first year, you'll learn how to apply a structured approach to design before putting it into practice by working on real design projects.


Portfolio requirements

You must upload a digital portfolio of work with your online application.

If you can’t upload your portfolio please email a PDF file to and we will attach it to your application.

Alternatively, bring your PDF file to your nearest Student Central and we will scan and attach it to your application.

What to include

Your portfolio must include 10 - 15 images of your work, each labelled with the size, media and date the work was made. It must be an A4 size PDF document and not exceed 60MB in total.

Your images could include (but are not limited) to:

  • Your bursary board or similar year 12 or 13 work.
  • Other drawings, photographs or three-dimensional models.
  • Drawing with an emphasis on observational skills and/or personal expression.
  • Photography with an emphasis on visual skills and technique.
  • Art/design project work.
  • Sketches or notebook pages illustrating visual art/ design concepts.
  • Art/design related work from another discipline, for example jewellery or craft.
  • Images that demonstrates a visual narrative or sequence.
  • Group work you’ve been involved in (including a description of your involvement and contribution to the finished result).

Need some help?

Follow our portfolio hints and tips on what to include, what not to include and how to lay it all out.

Last edited: 05 September 2013