Master of User Experience Design

July 2021 – June 2022

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Want to improve experiences through research & design?

Our Master of User Experience Design (MUXD), delivered by Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Design, is a conversion master’s designed for people with diverse backgrounds (i.e. psychology, anthropology, industrial design, literature, etc.). It includes aspects of Interaction Experience (IX), User Experience (UX), Customer Experience (CX), and Service Design. MUXD will teach students all aspects of UX from understanding people’s perspectives to the creation of the designs they interact with. Graduates will leave with the knowledge and skills to succeed in this growing area of high demand. Enrolments open for 2021. Register here to attend in Auckland.

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

40 Taranaki Street,
Wellington 6011

50 Kitchener Street,
Auckland 1010

12 Months,
3 Trimesters



Domestic: $14,558*
International: $54,092*



Who can apply and how

This conversion programme is intended for people with non-design degrees and/or industry professionals wishing to enter the UX field. If you have a Bachelor’s degree with B average (and above)  and have a desire to enter the UX design field, this is the path to your new career. In addition, applicants will be asked to submit a statement of intent and participate in an interview. Recent graduates as well as experienced candidates who want to broaden their career opportunities are welcome. If you’re interested in studying this programme in Auckland please register here.

Domestic students can enrol via our online enrolment system (enrolments open in October) and international students can fill in this International Application Form and mail it to Wellington University International – the University’s international office.

*2021 Estimate

Programme Outline

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

Mātauranga Design
Course Code: CCDN412 Lecturers: David Hakaraia

This course will teach you how to 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, you’ll learn how to understand and interact with Māori symbols and visual spatial strategies in ways that are culturally sound and appropriate. Learn more?

Graphic Design Practice
Course Code: MDDN413  Lecturers: Sarah Maxey

This course will explore and utilise graphic design elements, software, and strategies in the pursuit of a body of design work, while analysing ways to leverage personal experience and unique backgrounds. Through research, exercises and projects, you’ll develop technical mastery, formal graphic design skills and independent research skills towards expressing a unique visual identity. Learn more?

User Experience Design Practice
Course Code: MDDN417  Lecturers: Dana Fridman, Anna Mastalerz & Kah Chan

This course will explore the techniques common to user experience (UX) design, such as: persona development, case study analysis, user interface design, rapid visualization and prototyping. You’ll also become adept at using the industry standard tools and techniques of UX design. Learn more?

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

Advanced User Experience Studio
Course Code: MDDN416

This course will teach you 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. Learn more?

This course will 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. Learn more?

Digital Product Design (Elective)
Course Code: MDDN402

This course will teach you to 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. You’re encouraged to synthesize your unique backgrounds and personal experience within the projects. Learn more?

User Experience Capstone Project
Course Code: MDDN502  Lecturers: Dana Fridman

This studio consists of a research-based project, working towards a mastery of user experience design. The work will be experimental in nature, yet practical and industry-relevant. Students will be required to apply both analytical and creative approaches to problem-solving alongside reflective practice. Learn more?

Programme Director

Bert Aldridge has experience working in diverse design roles with agencies and internal teams. His work has included communications and experiential design campaigns and events in New Zealand, Australia, the US and UK, digital design for web properties and apps, service design in the public sector, and product design, research and leadership in software companies. He’s also taught at CCA’s Design Fellows programme in San Francisco, and designed and implemented design tools for businesses, and for social innovation programmes. Bert is based in Wellington, though he’s originally from further south, and has worked in the UK, US, Australia, India and Southeast Asia.

What do our students have to say?

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Our MUXD students have gone on to work for TradeMe, Davanti, ANZ, Hazard Co., Wellington City Council, Ministry of Justice, Designworks, and more.

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