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Wintec: So you want to be a spatial designer?

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Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

If you’ve ever thought about a career in interior design that will enable you to thrive in the workforce of tomorrow, then Wintec’s revamped Bachelor of Design degree will tick all the right boxes.

The qualification now includes a specialisation in Spatial Design, a relatively new concept in New Zealand that bridges the boundaries between architecture, art, landscape and interior design.

More importantly, the course works across disciplines to encourage collaboration and innovation, both key skills needed in today’s workplace.

Sam Cunnane, Head of School at Wintec’s School of Media Arts, says spatial design is an industry with great career prospects in New Zealand. Graduates can find employment in a range of residential and commercial areas, including interior design, furniture design, colour consulting and lighting design.

The degree was reworked to keep up with the changing design industry. Alumni and industry partners were consulted every step of the way to ensure the future needs of students would be met.

"Industry involvement has been crucial in the development of this degree," says Design Manager, Julie Ashby.

"Their input enhanced our understanding of what is needed in today’s changing workspace and helped shape the content and delivery of the programme for 2020. We knew that by enhancing this area we are better preparing our students for their careers.

"We want to encourage our students to work with other schools and centres at Wintec as this reflects what happens in the interior design industry."

Recently, Wintec design student Eunji Min found success by collaborating across Wintec to design a mobile application that tracks the denim used in her upcycled bags.

Students will learn the fundamentals needed to thrive in a real-world space, including pitching to clients and overseeing a project from start to finish.

From February 2020, students in the programme can choose to specialise in either Spatial Design or Visual Communication. The new offering comes close on the heels of other new qualifications offered by the School of Media Arts, including a Bachelor of Contemporary Art and Bachelor of Communication, both announced last November.

Wintec School of Media Arts degree programmes include:

Bachelor of Contemporary Art

Bachelor of Communication

Bachelor of Music and Performing Arts

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