Course details

Conjoint: Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Design
NZQF Level 7

About the course

AUT’s double degrees in design and business combine creative talents with business acumen. If you are looking for a career in design, these double degrees help you gain a solid foundation in business as part of your studies; essential if you are planning to run your own business or want to advance a product or service in the marketplace. The combination is offered in response to enquiries from students wishing to do both degrees.

The Bachelor of Design delivers majors in Communication Design, Digital Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Spatial Design and Textile Design, which give emerging designers the opportunity to advance their creative practice. Business majors that are particularly useful if you want to earn a living off your creative skills include Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Sustainable Enterprise, Marketing and Management.

By studying both degrees you develop design skills for roles in business, including the ability to create high value products, services and brands, and to balance creative design and strategic thinking to complement design and business.

You can complete these double degrees in four years if you enrol in Summer School papers and do the business co-operative education paper over Summer School at the end of your third or fourth year. Otherwise you will complete the double degrees during your fifth year.

Entry requirements

Bachelor of Design

  • University Entrance or equivalent
  • Portfolio of art work
  • An interview may be required

Bachelor of Business

  • University Entrance or equivalent

About the provider

AUT is a contemporary New Zealand university focused on providing exceptional student opportunities and learning experiences, and graduate success in a context stimulated by impactful research and industry connectivity.

More than 26,000 students are enrolled at AUT in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, studying at one of the three campuses. AUT has consistently been a leader in undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment growth of both New Zealand and international students across a wide range of professional disciplines, and as a result we are now the second largest university in New Zealand.

AUT's teaching is innovative and student centred. AUT encourages students to collaborate, experiment and to experience working life beyond the classroom. In addition to teaching, the university has a strong focus on innovative research in areas such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence and nutrition.


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