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BDes - Media Design as a major

The study of Design combines an understanding of human needs and desires, forming creative solutions, prototyping and developing artefacts and evaluating their impact and effectiveness in society. It comprises a well-balanced combination of analytical, technological and creative abilities.

Media Design combines elements of design, screen and media studies within a single major.  Use your design skills to create content for multi-media platforms such as 2D and 3D animation, film and video production, and motion graphics.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Study Locations: Hamilton
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,462 per year
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Fees (International): $28,290 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Media Designer
  • Digital Media Designer
  • Media Artist
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • TV Graphics Designer
  • Computer Games Designer

Steven McTainsh Steven's role as a Mobile and Web Developer for Wellington company Alphero, involves developing iPhone and iPad apps, as well as mobile websites for clients like TVNZ, State Insurance, Westpac New Zealand and Vodafone.

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Media Design combines elements of design, screen and media studies within a single major. It offers students a comprehensive education in the theory, research and design of multi-modal media content for screen and multi-media platforms.

Media Design is available as a major for the BDes. Media Design may also be included as a minor or a second major in other undergraduate degrees, subject to the approval of the Faculty in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Media Design as a single major for the BDes, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Media Design, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete DSIGN141, MEDIA100, DSIGN242, MEDIA202, MEDIA203, 15 points from MEDIA302 or MEDIA303, and MEDIA306, MEDIA307 and DSIGN360.

To complete Media Design as part of a second major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Media Design, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete MEDIA100, DSIGN141, MEDIA202, MEDIA203, DSIGN242, and 45 points from MEDIA302 or MEDIA303, MEDIA306, MEDIA307 and DSIGN360.

To complete a minor in Media Design, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Media Design major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.


New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Open

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences (FCMS), applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.
Closing Date: 31 Jul 2018

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Open

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018.
Closing Date: The Scholarship exam will be held on 19 and 20 October 2018

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In addition to the practical experience gained throughout the Bachelor of Design degree, you have the opportunity to undertake a real-world design project in the 300 level paper DSIGN350. 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 DSIGN360 involves a self-directed brief which culminates each year in a Degree Show. The Degree Show projects cover a wide range of media including web design and production, mobile design, interactive design, brand development, visual identity work, interactive installation, motion graphics, 3D animation and more.


Subject links

Design Degree Show


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Contacts

Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Phone: 0800 924 528 ext: 4322 or +64 7 838 4322
Email: cms@waikato.ac.nz
Website: cms.waikato.ac.nz
Facebook: facebook.com/WaikatoFCMS