The Design School is the best foundation design school in New Zealand.
We specialise in helping people capture their creative talent and gain the skills and qualifications to launch their design career!

All courses are approved by NZQA  and The Design School has the highest NZQA quality ranking.


Industry standard

The Design School is a specialist design school. Students focus on what is needed to be successful in the creative industries including industry standard software, processes and equipment.


What is design?

Design is everywhere! From animation to branding to web & app design, and fashion from head to toe. The career opportunities are enormous.


Career options

The Design School has lead 1000's of people to jobs doing things that they love. Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Animation, Architecture, Interior Design. Whatever the dream, we have the tools to get your there.


Studio environment

The Design School simulates a design studio environment run by industry professionals. All sites are open plan so like minds can share experiences and ideas with each other across the levels and disciplines.

popular courses

Our Design Schools are based in Palmerston North and Whangarei

NCEA Level 2 +
NZ Certificate in Arts & Design Level 2

A great introduction for anyone who wants to explore their creative talent and begin a formal qualification towards a career in design or focus on design full-time as an alternative to standard Secondary School.

Graphic Design
Fashion Design

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NZ Certificate in Arts
& Design
Level 3

A fast paced 6 month course for creative people who want to extend their design skills and knowledge, or people wanting to change work pathways to use there creative skills as a design career.

Graphic Design
Fashion Design

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Part Time study for secondary school students

These courses are an excellent introduction for secondary school students to study design in a commercial like studio with industry level equipment but continue with other subjects at school.

Graphic Design | Animation
Fashion Design

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Creative journey

Our students are career driven and ready for the creative industry

student work

Our students pride themselves on producing high quality work

Testimonials - The Design School

"What a great place to learn and be supported in your learning"​

Zoe Nauschutz

Graphic Designer

"It's an inclusive atmosphere for 2nd chance education".

Christine Barrett

Graphic Design Tutor

"This place is a good leverage for a design career. Thank you so much"

Larrisa Willemson

Fashion Designer