Master of User Experience Design

July 2019 – June 2020

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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.

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

Victoria University
Te Aro Campus

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.

*2019 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.

Design Professional Practice 

Covers advanced investigations into topics relevant to professional practice for design today including branding, marketing, networking, presentation and portfolio.

Graphic Design 

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.

UX Design 

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 Communication Design and the choice of one elective course.

Communication Design 

Discover communication design practices, techniques and concepts. Moving from typography, composition, and similar graphic design fundamentals, the course will explore more complex issues such as context and audience and how the slight adjustment of design elements may radically change perceived meaning.

Information Design 
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 displaying information through different media, and how interpretation may vary depending on design decisions.

Web Design and Development 
MDDN402    Elective Paper

Explore and implement current Web design software, planning and project strategies. An emphasis will be placed on front-end development, design and scripting techniques based on industry related projects.

User Experience Design Studio

This studio will parallel an industry sourced (or industry-related) project and involve academic and industry-based supervision. The studio experience will involve both formal and informal reporting that mirrors industry standards. The course will support individual research, design development and communication of a defined and deliberate design output.

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