Master of User Experience Design

July 2020 – June 2021

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Become an ICT Professional in Interaction Design (IX)
or User Experience (UX).

The Master of User Experience Design (MUXD) is intended for people with non-design degrees and/or industry professionals wishing to enter the IX or UX fields. MUXD addresses all aspects of user experience from understanding the identity of the users, to the creation of the designs they interact with. Graduates will leave with the knowledge and skills to succeed in this area of high demand. Get set to launch your career in user experience design. Applications open for 2020.

Victoria University School of Design
3 consecutive trimesters across 12 months
Course Outline
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Domestic: *$13,015
International: $51,547*

NEC House,
40 Taranaki Street

12 Months,
3 Trimesters

Domestic: $13,275*
International: $52,516*

Who Can Apply

This conversion programme is intended for people with non-design degrees and/or industry professionals wishing to enter the IX or UX fields. If you have a Bachelor’s degree with B+ average and have a desire to enter the IX or UX design fields, this is the path to your new career. Recent graduates as well as experienced candidates who want to broaden their career opportunities are welcome.

*2020 Estimate

Programme Outline

This is a full-time, 180-point Master’s programme starting in July. You will complete this qualification in three consecutive trimesters over 12 months, delivered by the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington.

Mātauranga Design

Engage with toi (Māori creativity) and mātauranga (Māori understanding) in the production of both visual and material cultural design that honours our place and past in Aotearoa New Zealand. Guided by traditional Māori protocols and knowledge, students will learn how to understand and interact with Māori symbols and visual spatial strategies in ways that are culturally sound and appropriate.

Graphic Design Practice

Explore and utilise graphic design elements, software, and strategies in the pursuit of a body of design work. Through research, exercises and projects, develop technical mastery, formal graphic design skills and independent research skills.

User Experience Design Practice

Explore the techniques common to user experience (UX) design, such as: persona development, case study analysis, user interface design, rapid visualization and prototyping. Students will also become adept at using the industry standard tools and techniques of UX design.

Trimester Three includes Advanced User Experience Studio and the choice of one elective course.

Advanced User Experience Studio MDDN416

Discover user experience design and research concepts, techniques and strategies.  Moving from research, prototyping, evaluation, and similar user experience design essentials, the course will explore more complex issues through an independent project requiring in-depth research relating to context and audience.

Information Design Practice
MDDN415    Elective Paper

Examine best practice for designing with information, including the importance of understanding the context and intended audience. Topics will span the techniques and concepts related to data acquisition, modelling, and developing innovative ways of displaying information through different media.

Digital Product Design 
MDDN402    Elective Paper

Explore and implement current product design methods and software while planning and deploying independent project strategies. An emphasis will be placed on design thinking and creative approaches to front-end development, design and prototyping techniques based on industry related projects.

User Experience Design Practicum

This studio consists of a supervised research-based practicum, working towards a mastery of user experience research through a specified design project. The work will be experimental in nature, generally as a placement in industry, yet at the same time, require a conceptual approach that leverages a criticism of the status quo.

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