The Design School

The Design School is located in the central city and has been a tertiary educator in Palmerston North for over 20 years.


Founded in 1993 in Palmerston North, The Design School is recognised as New Zealand’s leading foundation design school and is a pathway to a career in the creative industries. The school offers a range of course options in both graphic and fashion design and as a small specialist school can also tailor programmes to meet the needs of individual students.

Courses include a zero fees programme for Level 2 students to achieve NCEA, and dual enrolment options for students who wish to remain at secondary school and achieve NCEA in design. Our Level 3 and 4 programmes in advanced design provide students with the core skills to be successful in any of the creative design disciplines and progress on to the degree course of their choice.

Whether students are just starting out on a design pathway or looking to up-skill or change their career path, the school has a course to suit anyone.

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Physical address
Level 1, The Commercial Building 
12-16 The Square 
Palmerston North