Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design

Studying a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design at the University of Waikato makes you highly sought after, with a unique combination of design and coding skills. You will be able meet the increasing demand for designers who can work in a variety of media, such as websites, apps, gaming and virtual reality.

At Waikato we'll equip you with the required technological skills and teach you how to explain and tailor design decisions to meet specific project needs.  The programme also closely follows current design industry trends with a focus on both the local New Zealand and international design markets.

You’ll become a designer that can code – making you highly desirable. Waikato also trains computer graphic design students to problem-solve, and to apply an aesthetic edge, while seeing the full range of creative design possibilities.

In the first year, students learn the core elements and principles for both 2D and 3D design.  Additionally, you'll develop visual and verbal skills needed for further study.  By the second year, you'll move into motion graphics and explore how visual communication and screen-based technologies interact.  The third year is the year of application and pushing creative limits. Waikato also places you into internships where they take on business projects, collaborate with peers, and learn from industry professionals.

Computing facilities at Waikato

The University of Waikato offers students 24-hour computer lab access with all the latest computer software, and several labs fully equipped with Mac computers, commonly used in professional design environments.

Career opportunities

  • Advertising Designer
  • Computer Games Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • TV Graphics Designer
  • Web Designer

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Years 3
Points 360
Domestic Fees $6,786 per year
International Fees $27,975 per year


These are all the subjects you can study in the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design

Computer Graphic Design

Computer Graphic Design Fees Scholarship

For students intending to enrol full-time in the first year of an undergraduate degree, with a specified programme in Computer Graphic Design, within the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences at the University of Waikato. The Scholarship will have a value of up to $5,000.

Closing Date: 2016-10-28 17:00:00

Students who complete the three-year Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design may also be invited to enrol in a Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design with Honours (BCGD (Hons)) degree.

Students who have completed a BCGD can go on to complete a Master of Computer Graphic Design (MCGD).

In addition to the practical experience gained throughout the programme, you have the opportunity to undertake a real-world design project in the 300 level paper CGRD350. In this project you work relatively independently and collaborate with your peers and with members of the professional design industry.

The final semester 300 level paper CGRD360 involves a self-directed brief which culminates each year in a Degree Show Exhibition. This exhibition is open to the public and is popular with people considering the BCGD.

You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design if you have University Entrance, or its equivalent. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Ideal NCEA subject credits include Art (Design, Painting, Photography, Sculpture or Printmaking), or Graphic Design. A good standard of English is also important.

Portfolio submission

Bachelor of Computer Graphic Design (BCGD) applicants are required to submit a portfolio with their enrolment application. We will not be evaluating your design abilities as these skills will be taught during the degree. We are interested in seeing your creative ideas, originality, curiosity and imagination, and how you implement this within your creative visual work.

A portfolio containing 10 pieces of work is required. The 10 pieces should include finished pieces and pieces still under development. We would like to see work in progress or work developed during planning a project as well as finished work to help us understand your creative thinking process.

The items might include:

  • Drawings
  • Computer-generated images
  • Sketches
  • Photography
  • Websites
  • Animation
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Fashion
  • Digital story-telling etc.

Submit your portfolio after you have completed an online application to enrol.

You can submit your portfolio as digital files on a USB stick or by email.

Please do not submit originals. Original pieces can be photographed and submitted as digital files by email, with individual works clearly labelled.

Each of the 10 pieces should be accompanied by a title for each piece and a short (100 word max.) description of the work and its purpose and process of production.

Please send your portfolio to:

or send mail to:
Receptionist, The School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
The University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240.

Submission deadlines

While there is no close off date, it is strongly recommended that applications and portfolios are received by 14 October 2016. Positions fill quickly. Correct and full entries received by this date may also be eligible for consideration for the Computer Graphic Design Fees Scholarship.

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Design 1
Computer Graphic Design 1
Computer Graphic Design 3
Design 2
Computer Graphic Design 2
Computer Graphic Design 4
Design Processes and the Construction of Meaning
Studies in Visual Communication
Intern Project
A History of Visual Communication
200 LEVEL *
Degree Project
Visual Computing
200 LEVEL *
300 LEVEL **
Computing Media
Introduction to Computer Science 1
120 Points 120 Points 120 Points
Compulsory Design
Compulsory Computing
Elective Paper

* Choose from COMP223 Information Discovery, COMP233 Internet Applications, COMP258 Programming Usable Systems or COMP278 Interactive Computing.

**Either COMP324 Interaction Design, COMP325 Human-Computer Interaction, COMP333 Web Applications Development or COMP336 Graphics and Computer Games.

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