Wanganui School of Design

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The Whanganui School of Design (WSD) was a publicly funded tertiary institution that inhabited NZIA Heritage buildings on Taupo Quay in Whanganui, New Zealand. It is now part of UCOL.


The Whanganui School of Design was the first institute of its kind in New Zealand. It was established in 1987 by Professor Hazel Gamec on the Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic Main Campus and has an international reputation for experimental work in both time-based and print-based disciplines of graphic design. The WSD is a national member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ) and an international alumni design school speaker at A Gideas Conference held annually in Melbourne, Australia.

Over the years, the WSD has been located at the Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic campus, the Westpac Building, the old Department of Conservation building, the distinctive Terrace House and UCOL on Rutland Street.

On April 1, 2001, the Wanganui Regional Community Polytechnic and Wanganui School of Design were integrated with UCOL. The WSD adopted the ‘h’ in Whanganui, and as a part of UCOL continues to approach Design and Arts in a uniquely Whanganui way.


Recent awards the school has won:

2004 Best Awards
  • Student Graphic Design (Best of Category) – "To be shot in the front of the back of the head" by Andrew Hovey.[1]
2005 Best Awards
  • Student Interior Design (Best of Category) – "E=mc2 interactive exhibition: Adulthood" by Natasha Griffiths, Adam Harte, Kylie Duncan, Adelle Jurgens, and Yifan Niu.[2]
  • Student Graphic Design (Best of Category) – "Theye" by Fiyon Neau.[3]
  • Student Graphic Design (Highly Commended) – "Lucy's Dreams" by Jenna Fisher, Lu.[4]
  • Student Graphic Design (Finalists) – "Craftworks" by Yeoh Ying Hui.[5]
  • Student Graphic Design (Finalists) – "Incident Beauty" by Debbie Hahn.[6]
  • Student Graphic Design (Finalists) – "Manualfesto" by Shayna Quinn.[7]
2006 Best Awards
  • Student Website/Interactive Media (Best of Category) – "Rabbit Farm" by Lin Yew Cheang.[8]
2007 Best Awards
  • Student Graphic Design (Bronze) – "Leelah" by Jutharat Wongwiwatwaitaya.[9]
  • Student Website/Interactive Media (Bronze) – "Design Camp 8 Titles" by Tok Lee Heng and Wong Weng Wai.[10]
  • Student Website/Interactive Media (Bronze) – "NOUDS" by Brian Hainsworth.[11]
  • Student Website/Interactive Media (Bronze) – "Green RIG" by Thomas Pavitte and Emma Young.[12]
2009 Best Awards
  • Student Graphic Design (Bronze) – "Make the healthier choice the easier choice" by Barry Wylie.[13]

The school was welcomed into the "Hall of Fame" on NZ Mac on the basis of their devotion to the use of Macintosh computers.


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