Regulations - Creative Arts And Industries


The Degree of Master of Design – MDes

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations including the Academic Statutes and Regulations.

Admission

1 In order to be admitted to this degree, a student must have completed the requirements for:

either

a (i) a Bachelors degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in 90 points at Stage III, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

or

(ii) (a) a Bachelors degree from this University or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

and

(b) the Postgraduate Certificate in Design from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher, provided that the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded

or

b a Bachelors Honours degree from this University with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative.

2 In exceptional circumstance Senate or its representative may approve admission of a student who has:

a attained extensive relevant practical, professional or scholarly experience deemed equivalent by Senate or its representative to the requirement in Regulation 1

and

b performed at an acceptable level in any tests of academic aptitude, portfolio and/or interviews prescribed by Senate or its representative.

Duration and Total Points Value

3 A student enrolled for this degree under Regulation 1b must:

a pass courses with a total value of 120 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees

and

c not exceed 160 points for the total enrolment in this degree.

4 A student admitted to this degree under Regulation 1a or 2 must:

a pass courses with a total value of 180 points

and

b complete within the time limit specified in the General Regulations – Masters Degrees

and

c not exceed 220 points for the total enrolment in this degree.

Structure and Content

5 A student enrolled for this degree must complete the requirements as listed in the Master of Design Schedule.

6 A student who has to complete 180 points must achieve a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher in the first 60 points of taught courses to enrol in either DESIGN 794 or 795.

7 A student must complete the University of Auckland Academic Integrity course as specified in the Enrolment and Programme Regulations, Academic Integrity, of the University Calendar.

Research Portfolio / Thesis

8 a The research portfolio or thesis is to be carried out under the guidance of a supervisor appointed by Senate or its representative.

b The thesis topic must be approved by the Academic Head or nominee prior to enrolment.

c The research portfolio or thesis is to be completed and submitted in accordance with the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

Reassignment

9 A student may apply to reassign courses passed to the Postgraduate Certificate in Design.

Transfer from Postgraduate Certificate in Design

10 A student who has passed courses towards the Postgraduate Certificate in Design may apply to reassign those courses to this degree provided that the postgraduate certificate has not been awarded.

Variations

11 In exceptional circumstances, Senate or its representative may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.

Distinction / Honours / Merit

12 This degree may be awarded with Honours, Distinction or Merit in accordance with the General Regulations – Masters Degrees.

Commencement

13 These regulations came into force on 1 January 2021.

Master of Design (MDes) Schedule

A student who has to complete 120 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Requirement:

Research Masters

15 points: DESIGN 700

15 points from DESIGN 701, 704, 705

90 points: DESIGN 794 Thesis or 795 Research Portfolio

Taught Masters

90 points: DESIGN 703, 708

30 points from DESIGN 700-702, 704-707

A student who has to complete 180 points must satisfy the following requirements:

Requirement:

Research Masters

60 points: DESIGN 700–702

30 points from DESIGN 704–706

90 points: DESIGN 794 Thesis or 795 Research Portfolio

Taught Masters

150 points: DESIGN 700–703, 708

30 points from DESIGN 704–707

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